Disability Resources

ABLE Savings Plan – Washington State

A Washington State ABLE Savings Plan is a way to save for eligible expenses, invest for the future, and keep the benefits you rely on every day.  Anyone living in Washington State who developed a qualifying disability before the age of 26 is eligible for an account.  Learn more here>

Not a Washington State resident? Check out the national ABLE for All Savings Plan.  Learn more here>

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

New financial empowerment tools for people with disabilities

In celebration of the 27th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released new financial empowerment tools for people with disabilities.  Focus on People with Disabilities is a companion guide to their Your Money, Your Goals financial empowerment toolkit that’s based on the idea that everyone has a right to control their own money and make their own financial decisions. Your Money, Your Goals consists of a set of modules that organizations may integrate into their daily work with the people they serve.  Learn more>

The National Disability Institute

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 the National Disability Institute is to build a better financial future for Americans with disabilities.

Understanding how financial changes impact disability benefits is an essential 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 benefits 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 need in-home assistance. For those already working, there are many public benefits 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>

NW Access Fund

NW 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, financial coaching, 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.

  • NW Access Fund – Financial Coaching for Individuals with Disabilities
    Call 206-328-5116
    Learn more>

Geography and Rural Disability Maps

Explore the University of Montana Research and Training Centers on Disability in Rural Communities research and data in their map formats. Learn more>

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 assistive technology for disabled and special needs patrons.

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 wheelchair

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>

Understanding Assistive Technology: Simply Said
Understanding Assistive Technology

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 are 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. The Commission accredits us 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, multi-ethnic and marginalized communities, through partnerships and direct communication.  The focus is on connecting you with the services you need to ensure you are 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, to reduce employee turnover and increase 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>

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>

Seeing AI:  A free Microsoft app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the low vision community, this research project harnesses the power of AI to describe people, text and objects:  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>