Surveys to Improve Service
The Centers for Independent Living (CIL) and WASILC collaborate to create a State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) every three years. The SPIL is a strategic plan that includes IL goals and objectives, and the continuous development of the Independent Living (IL) Network through the Independent Living Philosophy. WASILC and the CILs hold public forums for consumers, community partners, and other stakeholders, to comment on and provide information on the experiences of individuals with disabilities in Washington State. This includes input gathered not only from public forums but also the wider Independent Living Network, which includes the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), other state agencies, and organizations serving people with disabilities in the state of Washington.
We would appreciate your feedback on your experiences. Please follow the one of these links to fill out the survey (approx. 10 minutes). This survey is open until December 30, 2018.
Person with a disability, family member, or care giver: link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ConsumersFamilyCaregivers (Español - link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Consumidoresfamiliaresycuidadores)
Community partner and/or agency that provides service to people with disabilities: link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PartnersProvidersStakeholders (Español - link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Aliados-en-la-comunidad)
AAPD is offering a Federal IT Summer Internship Program within their broader 2019 Summer Internship Program. The two IT interns will be a part of the regular Summer Internship Program class and participate in the same activities, but will be specifically placed within the IT departments of federal agencies.
Any current student of a US college or university who self-identifies as an individual with any type of disability and is a US citizen is invited to apply for the Federal IT Summer Internship Program. Applications for the 2019 AAPD Federal IT Summer Internship Program are due by 5pm Eastern Time on December 5, 2019.
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 honouring 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. You can keep track of future developments online. Let your representatives in Congress know you support this bill here.
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.
You can send a message to your Representatives and Senators in support of this bill online, or you can look up their office phone number here.
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 remains 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.
Washington Civil and Disability Advocate has been working with public accommodations to provide free admission for personal care attendants. The legal precedent was set in Pennsylvania in Anderson v. Franklin Institute, 185 F.Supp.3d 628 (E.D.Penn 2016), the court held that “the ADA requires personal care attendants to receive free general admission when accompanying their severely disabled clients..." Washington Civil and Disability Advocate hopes to expand this practice to Washington and eventually nationwide. A number of disability-friendly venues have voluntarily agreed to provide free admission for personal care attendants to those persons with a disability who have those needs.
To recognize their contribution to accessibility in Washington, check out our list of participating venues: