The Governor's Committee on Disability Issues & Employment is looking for nominees for the Governor's Employers Awards Program. This program highlights businesses that have made an effort to hire, recruit, and retain employees with disabilities.
If you know of any employers or advocates who have helped increase and/or improve the employment of people with disabilities in the state of Washington, please nominate them for an award!
Here are the 5 award categories:
1. Public, Private, and Non-Profit Employers
2. Youth Employer
3. Governor’s Trophy in Memory of Carolyn Blair Brown: a lifetime achievement award presented to a person with a disability
4. Direct Support Professional Award: A Job Developer or Career Coach with at least 3 years of experience with provided supported employment services to individuals with disabilities.
5. Toby Olson Lifetime Impact Award: Recognizes an individual who has made a lifetime commitment to fighting the injustices faced by people with disabilities
Nominations are due August 31st. More information is included in this nomination packet. If you have questions, please contact Emily Heike at (360) 890-3776 or email at GCDEawards@esd.wa.gov.
The University of Washington has created a survey about the mobility impacts that COVID-19 has had on people in the region. With this pandemic, the amount of traveling has decreased for many people while the use of online or remote work, shopping, and communications have become necessities. This survey will help researchers understand the impact of these changes and help continue to decrease traffic and air congestion once Covid-19 related restrictions are lifted. These results will be considered when creating a regional transportation plan. Click the link above to take the survey.
Researchers at Georgia Tech are working on research to help prevent pressure ulcers for wheelchair users through in-seat movement trackers that detect how long you are seated and how often you shift your weight. They have released a survey for wheelchair users to give their input and opinions on this research, click the link above to take the survey!
A guidance document based on a bulletin provided by the United States Human & Health Services Office for Civil Rights that dealt with rationing health services and medical treatment has been created and released on April 3, 2020. This guiding document helps explain how federal Disability Rights law is adhered to in practice during the creation of rationing protocol. Click the link above to read this document!
AbiliTrek needs your help! They have partnered with Western Washington University to develop an app that fully supports our users. Their team has created a user survey to better develop a fully accessible app. Click the button above to take the survey. We thank you for your valuable input!
The purpose of this survey is to learn how people of all ages and abilities use wireless technology. The survey includes questions about cell phones, tablet computers, and newer technologies like smartwatches and smart home devices, as well as how accessible and usable those devices are for you. The information collected will help designers and engineers make new wireless devices and services that meet your needs.
What advocacy does your town need? Disability Rights Washington, your statewide advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities, is in the process of setting advocacy priorities for the next five years. Hearing from you and others in Seattle is important to us. It is the only way we can prioritize the issues that are most important to people across our entire state.
The American Association of People with Disabilities Career Center helps people living with disabilities in their search for new jobs and careers. They provide tools to upload and manage your resume, research salaries for the positions you're interested in, as well as thousands of job postings all over the country that you can search for by category, location, or keyword.
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is the preeminent organization empowering, supporting, and honoring our nation’s 5.5 million military caregivers; the spouses, parents, family members, and friends who care for America’s wounded, ill, or injured veterans. Founded by Senator Elizabeth Dole in 2012, the Foundation adopts a comprehensive approach in its advocacy, working with leaders in the public, private, nonprofit and faith communities to recognize military caregivers’ service and promote their well-being.
Microsoft currently launching a $25 million initiative to use artificial intelligence to build better technology for the community of people living with disabilities. Check out their grant on their website.
March 15, 2019
Our founder and VP Conrad spoke with Rooted in Rights about Seattle's lack of preparation for keeping the community accessible in inclement snowy weather.
"While Seattle has designated emerald and gold routes for snow clearance from roadways and a real-time map of roads that have been cleared, there is no parallel plan for sidewalk, curb ramp, or transit stop snow removal. This leaves those of us who can’t drive or those of us who rely on accessible sidewalks, intersections, and transit stops without any mobility options."
February 12, 2019
WACDA has been advocating this legislative session for SB 5487, the Personal Caregiver Access bill, in the Washington State Senate.
Passing this bill would remove the increased financial burden on people with disabilities, whom are made to pay twice for admission in order to have access to their necessary medical care and assistance at ticketed events. Often this burden prevents people with disabilities from accessing such events at all. We believe this disenfranchisement must end. Our founder and VP testified before the WA Senate's Law and Justice Committee, with his testimony from 13:00-17:10.
September 18, 2018
Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois introduced legislation on September 18th that intends to grant more resources for businesses looking to make their establishments comply with the ADA. The Disabled Access Credit Expansion Act would achieve this by increasing the tax credit reserved for accessibility renovations, as well as by increasing the number of small businesses eligible for the tax credit. This new legislation also invests funds in ADA education and funds towards assisting mediation when there are compliance issues.
May 21, 2018
WACDA has been working on building support for S.1318/H.R. 5004 the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act of 2017.
For those of you who do not know, this bill would:
Airline Passengers With Disabilities Bill of Rights
Advisory Committee on Disability at the Department of Transportation
Improve Stowage Options for Assistive Devices
Safe & Effective Boarding & Deplaning Process
Increase penalties for damaged wheelchairs/mobility aids or bodily injuries, and allowing air travelers to sue in court to recover damages
Raise standards for accessibility, safety and airport and airline employee training
How can you do your part? Well, it is simple. Call your congressmen and your senators. It has not reached a floor vote yet, and we can be proactive by calling and insisting that Washington votes YES on H.R. 5004! We need to make our voices heard and show our Representatives what is important to us.
April 3, 2018
A year ago, H.R. 620 was stopped in the Senate. This legislation would have required "any person claiming discrimination must first provide written notice, allowing 60 days for an owner to acknowledge receipt of the complaint, plus an additional 120 days before legal action can be initiated. No other civil rights legislation currently on the books contains such a provision." Stopping the passage of this bill ensures the civil rights of disabled citizens remain protected from unnecessary measures which would provide more protections to businesses and those still non-ADA compliant 30 years after the original law prohibiting discrimination passed.
CAREGIVER ADMISSION, ADVOCACY WORK, AND EDUCATION
At WACDA, we work to make the world a more accessible and inclusive place by whatever means necessary. Not only do we litigate but we also work to educate and advocate for accessibility. We work hard to connect in our communities and educate everyone on the Americans Disability Act (ADA) as a law. We do this in hopes of litigation becoming less necessary if they more people are aware of and appreciate the importance of accessibility and inclusion. We also conduct legislative advocacy so that we can ensure that citizens with disabilities are receiving the same level of access to the t community as everyone else beyond minimal ADA compliance.
Under these other resources, you can find examples of our different advocacy and education work, as well as a list of locations that have agreed with WACDA to allow free caregiver admissions, and much more.