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

Via Do It: Join us for the Disability inclusion job fair during the Microsoft Ability Summit on May 31, 2018. The job fair will connect job seekers with 15-20 enterprise companies like Starbucks, Alaska Airlines, and more! We need candidates to attend so read on!

Microsoft Conference Center (MSCC)
16070 NE 36th Way, Building 33
Redmond, Washington 98052

The entire event runs from 12:30pm – 4:00pm on May 31 (doors open at 11:30)

The Disability Inclusion job fair is targeted at people with disabilities in the Redmond area for both technical and non-technical roles and across a range of experience levels. The intent is to educate job fair attendees about opportunities at these companies and collect resumes (the intent is not to interview candidates onsite). LinkedIn will also be available to provide help for attendees to optimize LinkedIn profile.
The Product Expo will run in parallel to the job fair and will showcase the latest and greatest in accessibility features across our suite of products and subject matter experts will be on hand to answer questions. If you like tech, this is the place for you! Register Here! For more information, Email accevent@microsoft.com

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!