Alliance History:

A Timeline:

  • 1977 WCCD (Washington Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities was created as a working concept by this pioneer group.
  • 1978 WCCD becomes a 501(c) 3 non-profit.
  • 1982 WCCD its first United Way grant to train Peer Counselors to provide peer support to other individuals with disAbilities.
  • 1983 WCCD presents the first HI-TECH conference for persons with disAbilities in the community.
  • 1985 WCCD is awarded a contract by the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to write a guidebook on needs assessment in housing for persons with disAbilities
  • 1985 WCCD is awarded a contract by the Washington State Division of Rehabilitation to operate the Client Assistance Program (CAP) which acts as an ombudsmen for DVR clients.
  • 1985 WCCD becomes an official United Way agency.
  • 1988 WCCD receives funding from the Boeing Company, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and King County Division of Developmental Disabilities to initiate self-employment services for citizens with disAbilities.
  • 1990 The Disabilities Law Project merges with WCCD.
  • 1991 WCCD receives funding from Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to serve as a Center for Independent Living
  • 1993 WCCD holds its first ADA celebration at the Seattle Center.
  • 1993 WCCD moves from its offices on Stone Way to the Good Shepherd Center.
  • 1994 WCCD receives RSA (federal) funding for an Independent Living Center in Snohomish County.
  • 1996 WCCD receives RSA (federal) funding for an Independent Living Center in Redmond.
  • 2001 WCCD held the first “Emerging Majority” Festival>
  • 2009 The Quality Assurance Team is created with members from staff, participants and Board.
  • 2010 Alliance receives funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed by Congress.
  • 2010 Alliance of People with disAbilities moves its Seattle office to the Capitol Area – 1120 E. Terrace Street.
  • 2010 Alliance of People with disAbilities celebrates the 20th of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with our friends and collaborators: Woodland Park Zoo and Aquarium, Washington Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Washington Rehabilitation Commission, Governor’s Committee on Employment and Issues Concerning Disability, Northwest ADA Center, and Washington Disabilities Rights.
  • 2011 Seattle opens its iTEC Lab with a kickoff “Open Spaces*” with assistance from the Bill Wright Technology Matching Fun
  • 2011 Alliance of People with disAbilities moves its branch office to Bellevue: 1150 140th Avenue, NE
  • 2014 Lucille Walls Retires.
  • 2015 we join the 25th annual celebration of the passing of the Americans’ with disAbilities Act downtown at Westlake square.