The Seattle Public Library
Equal Access Program (LEAP): Drop-In Assistive Technology Open Lab
Date: Monday (except for holidays)
Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Central Library
Summary: Come to the LEAP Drop-In Lab session for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with LEAPs special assistive technology for disabled and special needs patrons.
Are you a person with a disability? Do you want to become more informed about tools and strategies to advance your economic strength and security? The mission of National Disability Institute is to build a better economic future for Americans with disabilities.
Understanding how disability benefits are impacted by financial changes is an important topic for all individuals receiving disability benefits; however, it is not always simple to understand all the rules regarding an individual’s situation, or what options might be available. Therefore, contacting a benefit planner or other specialist is recommended for anyone with specific questions about income, resources, and disability benefits.
For a person on public benefits considering work, one of the greatest fears is the potential loss of cash payments, health care coverage, or needed in-home assistance. For those already working, there are many public benefit rules and incentives in place to encourage employment; however, they can be confusing and disconnected. A Benefits Planner or a Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC) can help job seekers with disabilities understand how to make these incentives work to support their career goals and hopes for the future. Learn more>
WIPA (Work Incentives Planning and Assistance)
WIPA projects are funded by the Social Security Administration(SSA) to provide information and benefits planning to enable beneficiaries with disabilities to make informed choices about work. Learn more>
Riding with your wheel chair
Thinking about riding King County Metro Transit buses with your wheelchair? Watch Metro rider Saan and Metro driver Paul give tips on how to use the ramp, maneuver your wheelchair into a spot in the priority seating area and find ways to locate accessible stops when you travel. Watch the video>
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Reminder to Lenders
Social Security disability income shouldn’t mean you don’t qualify for a mortgage. Read more>
Federal Trade Commission – Consumer Information
Hold on to your disability settlement, by Lisa Weintraub Shifferle, Attorney, Federal Trade Commission. Read the report>
Disability Programs and Related Services
Alliance of People with disAbilities: is an Independent Living Center for King County. The Alliance provides a variety of services to any person in the community who has any disability, regardless of age or national origin (citizens and non-citizens, alike). Alliance services can be categorized into five areas; 1) information and referrals, 2) independent living skills training, 3) peer support, 4) advocacy and 5) transition. Learn more>
Association of Late-Deafened Adults-Puget Sound (ALDA). Learn more>
Cares of Washington: provides individualized and long-term support for people with disabilities and those experiencing adversity due to economic hardship and poverty. We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Learn more>
Choose Work: is a resource for individuals on SSI and SSDI to find free-of-charge employment supports. Learn more>
Community Minded Enterprises: Based in Spokane, Community Minded Enterprises leads the statewide outreach to low-income, mulit-ethnic and marginalized communities, through partnerships and direct communication. The focus on connecting you with the services you need, and making sure your voice is heard by program providers on a regional and state level. Learn more>
Connect for Success is a partnership between a group of employers and a local community service provider, Cares of Washington, with the goal of reducing employee turnover and increasing productivity by eliminating the obstacles that keep people from performing their best at work. Learn more>
Disability.gov: The Federal government resource website for people with disabilities. Learn more>
GoWise: Washington Initiative for Supported Employment promotes equitable employment for people with developmental disabilities through innovation, training and technical assistance. Learn more>
Northwest Access Fund (formerly known as Washington Access Fund): is a nonprofit, Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) established by and for people with disabilities in Washington and Oregon. Northwest Access Fund provides low-interest loans and other financing services to help individuals with disabilities obtain the technologies and business equipment needed to live independently and to succeed at school, at work, at play, and in the community. For more information, go to www.nwwashingtonaccessfund.org or call 206-328-5116 or 877-428-5116 Toll Free.
ODEP (Office of Disability Employment Policy): The mission is to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Learn more>
Plan to Work: consists of professionals who are Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs). They have completed training on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). CWICs offer individualized assistance to beneficiaries of either program. If you want to know how working will affect your benefits, call Plan to Work for a free consultation at (877) 676-4754 (TTY) or (866) 497-9443 (Voice). Learn more>
PROVAIL: offers a comprehensive range of services designed to expand opportunities for people with disabilities to live, work, and fully participate in the communities of their choice. We are changing hundreds of lives every year with services like the following: Therapeutic and Assistive Technology Services, Employment Services, Community Living Program, Dental Clinic, Fabrication Division, Seattle Brain Works, Art is NOT an Option!, and Financial Empowerment Services – an AmeriCorps Program. Learn more>
Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP): provides Assistive Technology resources and expertise to all Washingtonians with disabilities to aid in making decisions and obtaining the technology and related services needed for employment, education and independent living. They offer information to family members, employers, employment service providers, educators, health care providers, social service providers and others seeking assistive technology services and knowledge. Learn more>
Washington State Pathways to Employment: is a website focused on supporting people with disabilities who are working to manage their employment and financial resources. Learn more>