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!
Alliance Empowerment Group Flyer- 5-2015

AbleGamers, a nonprofit organization that aims to make video games accessible for people with disabilities, is creating Player Panels to connect gamers with disabilities with video game developers. The panels would test games that companies are developing and offer advice on how to make them more accessible.

To keep the panel members safe, AbleGamers will liaison between them and the companies. They will vet incoming requests for advice as well as make sure the panel members are paid for their work. AbleGamers is aware that many people with disabilities are on Social Security and cannot receive extra money without it affecting their benefits and is working with companies to offer alternative compensation. One idea is to give the panelists gift cards to popular stores.

AbleGamers COO Steve Spohn would not reveal what companies are involved, but he hopes that the project will start within the next few months.

Full Story: Brad Chacos, AbleGamers’ Player Panels Could Make Future Games More Disability-Friendly, PC World, Jun. 29, 2017, available at
Make future games more disability friendly

See Also: AbleGamers Charity, Gamers with Disabilities Wanted, AbleGamers, available at
Player Panels

Every American has the right to make their voice heard! Here is a list of accessible-voting accessible pulling places in King County ready to help those with disabilities cast a free and independent ballot. You may also download the pdf attached to this post to get the same information.

The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) is currently updating the region’s long-range transportation plan, Transportation 2040, which is a 30-year plan addressing how to improve the transportation system to meet the needs of our rapidly growing region. PSRC is a regional planning agency that plans for transportation, economic development and growth within the central Puget Sound region which includes King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties.
Please tell us what you think about strategies to improve mobility in the Puget Sound region by completing this brief questionnaire.

Responses are due August 31 2017

Alliance of People with disAbilities is part of Give Big 2017!Give Big 2017 is scheduled May 10th 2017! But you can start giving now! Please consider giving what you can to aid People with disAbilities Advocating for Equality and Choice. Your generosity is appreciated!

February 2017

Welcome to Alliance of People with disAbilities

Last month’s meeting had good attendance with two new members. Please feel free to share peer group meeting times with people with disabilities. I have attached a flyer that can be printed or email to others. We are now on meet-up groups use the following link for more information. https://www.meetup.com/The-Alliance-of-People-with-disAbilities/
Meeting times are now changed to the last week of every month on Monday at 1pm.
Please let me know if the new meeting times conflict with you schedule.

Last Month in a snap shot:
1. Report on the SAIL meetings from group member.
2. Volunteer opportunities with the King County Mobility Coalition are now open
3. Request for members’ testimonials: a photo and media releases/restrictions if you would like to share your story of working with us. Please contact Tanya for more information. (tanya@disabilitypride.org 206-445-1714).

New Events:
1. Meeting time February 27th Bill Youngman from DVR.
2. Presidents Day February 20th office is closed.
3. Section 8 voucher open lottery in February-please contact alliance staff members for more information. We will send out more information soon.
4. ABLE Accounts in Washington State starting in 2017, but when? http://ablenrc.org
5. Volunteer opportunities with us please contact a staff member for more information.
6. Democracy Vouchers have been mailed to Seattle residence. Learn more at: http://www.seattle.gov/democracyvoucher
7. Learn more about the LEAP program at the Seattle Library setting up date for tour.
4. Starting classes for PWD to learn internet and software at the Seattle Library please RSVP if you are interested in attending class
5. Self-Advocates in Leadership (SAIL) www.sailcoalition.org/ meeting held on the 2nd Tuesday monthly.

Monthly Peer Support Group:
1120 E Terrace St. Suite 100
Seattle WA 98122