The Washington State Independent Living Council (WASILC) is partnering with the Alliance of People with Disabilities to host a public hearing. The public hearing will gather information to develop a three year (2017-2019) State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) that addresses Independent Living needs in your community. Seattle is one of fourteen cities designated for public hearings from August until December.

  • Inform the public about the responsibilities of WASILC and theCenters for Independent Living (CILs) in our communities.
  • Provide an overview of the duties and responsibilities ofWASILC, as they relate to systemic advocacy and education.
  • Provide an overview of the duties and responsibilities of the CILsand the core services they provide in our communities.
  • ∗Light snacks and beverages will be provided.
    WHERE: Beacon Hill Library2821 Beacon Ave. S.Seattle, WA 98144
    WHEN: Tuesday, December 8th , 2015 12:30 to 2:30pm Understand how the local community is serving individuals in
    regards to housing, transportation, and all issues pertaining to
    people with disabilities living independently in our community.

Call to RSVP and request accommodations for this event at (800) 624-4105. Accommodations must be made 2 weeks in advance.

 If you are a youth or young adult with a disAbility, come check out the new Alliance Youth Transition Peer Group at our Bellevue office. Come for new friends, resources, support, and fun! Give Kyla a call or email if you are going to show up, so we can have enough food!
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Alliance and The Arc of King County are co-hosting a vaccination clinic on Sunday, May 2nd at the Atlantic Street Boat Ramp in S. Seattle. This clinic is designed for the disability community which means the following:

In-car or walk-up vaccination options
ASL & Deaf-Blind interpreters upon request
Easily available seating in all areas
Close to public transportation
Free Lyft rides for anyone who needs it
Fidget/sensory items
Space to pace/walk for those who don’t prefer to sit
Volunteers very familiar with the communication, sensory, and behavioral needs of people with developmental disabilities
Spoken language interpreters upon request.
People with disabilities, their families, caregivers, roommates, support people (e.g. job coaches, therapists, teachers, etc.), and close friends can all attend.

Registration is required

When: Sunday, May 2 10AM-3PM
Where: Rainier Beach Boat Launch: 8702 Seward Park Ave S, Seattle

Folks needing to request an interpreter or a Lyft ride should contact Rachel Nemhauser: or 208-829-7046

Great News for COVID vaccines for People with Disabilities and care providers!

On March 4th, 2021, Governor Inslee announced changes in the Washington State Vaccine Prioritization. The changes clarify guidance for paid and unpaid caregivers and add individuals with disabilities that are at high risk for COVID. For specific information, review the Department of Health’s Vaccine Allocation Guidelines for complete information. A summary of the changes include:

  1. Currently Eligible – Phase 1A: The definition of eligible caregivers was clarified to include (licensed, unlicensed, paid, unpaid, formal, or informal) individuals who support the daily, functional and health needs of another individual (adult or child) who is at high risk for COVID-19 illness due to advanced age, long-term physical condition, co-morbidities, or development or intellectual disability.
  2. Currently Eligible – Phase 1B1: This phase now includes licensed and license-exempt childcare workers and K – 12 educators
  3. Tentatively March 22 – Phase 1B2: This phase is now ALL high-risk workers in certain congregate settings, people age 16 or older who are pregnant, and people age 16 and older who have a disability that puts them at higher risk for COVID. This includes individuals with Down syndrome, a development disability, intellectual disability, or are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/low-vision, or deafblind AND that disability or an underlying medical condition increases their risk for severe outcomes per the CDC guidelines.
  4. Tentatively April 12 (age 50+) and April 26 (ages 16 – 49) in Phase 1B3: People with 2 or more comorbidities are eligible. See the CDC’s list of conditions that put people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID 19 for full list of comorbidities
  5. Tentatively April 26 – Phase 1B4: People (residents, staff, volunteers) in congregate living settings (e.g., correction facilities, prisons, jails, detention centers; group homes for people with disabilities) and people experiencing homelessness that access services or live in congregate settings (e.g., shelters, temporary housing) who were not covered in a previous tier.

Sponsored by: King County Disability Consortium (KCDC)

On-line Event Thursday, January 21, 4:30-6:30PM PST

An informative panel discussion on how individuals define Ableism and how it shows up in their own lives. We will also be discussing the intersection of disability and other marginalized identities, especially race, other people’s role in combating Ableism and how disability justice meshes with other civil rights issues and ways we can all support our collective work.


This event will include ASL and CART. For other access and accommodation needs please

This event will be provided in English and Spanish. For other language access needs please email: by January 14, 2021 Register Here

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The Critical Health + Social Ecology Lab ( ) is looking for women of color to participate in their Fighting Displacement/Housing Advocacy study.

The purpose of the study is to gather experiences of women of color who are involved in the struggle for affordable housing nationwide, from both the tenant and activist perspective. This information will be used to ensure future research is both informed by AND supportive of the work that is already happening in communities.

Participation in the study involves a 40-60 minute interview and compensation is a $30 VISA gift card. All responses are completely confidential and will be used for research purposes only.

If you or anyone you know is interested in participating, complete the consent form and indicate your availability here. Feel free to share the attached flyer with your colleagues/community members.

For more information, contact Okie Nwakanma at (347) 380-0920 or


We are having our 3rd Job Fair called “Queeropolis – Queer and Trans Built Resiliency” on Saturday, November 14th, 2020, from 12 pm – 3 pm (virtual event).

As our economy recovers from COVID-19, “Queeropolis” is a nod to the strength and resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community. We will host a panel of LGBTQ+ experts representing “out of the box” ideas in queer and trans economic recovery. The employers participating will represent a dedication to inclusivity and innovation. “Queeropolis” will be an event about hope, transformation, and forward-thinking ideas in ever-changing times.

Please pre-register here!

In Solidarity