- Employment. State agencies will hire some of the disabled. Governor Jay
Inslee signed an executive order in May 2013 that includes several
directives to improve employment opportunities for the disabled in
Washington. One of the directives is a Disability Employment Challenge
which urges state-run employers to make 5% of their workforce comprised
of people with disabilities by June 30, 2017. The order also creates a
Disability Employment Task Force to help state agencies recruit disabled candidates.
- Preparing for Emergencies. For the millions of Americans who have disabilities, emergencies can present unique challenges. Emergencies such as fires, floods and acts of terrorism present a real challenge; but preparation can and needs to be made. The same challenge also applies to the elderly and other special needs populations.
FEMA and the Red Cross have prepared booklets to help people with disabilities prepare with an emergency plan to protect themselves, family, friends, personal care assistants and others in the support network in the event of an emergency. Post the plan where everyone will see it, keep a copy with you, and make sure everyone involved in your plan has a copy.
- 70% of adults who are developmentally disabled live at home with their parents. (Brian Holloway, director of The Arc)
- People with disabilities also have many individual strengths and
talents. Find out how they learn in a way that makes sense
to them, so they can live and function at their optimal level.
- Plan an activity for a handicapped friend that is catered to his/her capabilities.
- See Therapy and Service Animals on this site.
Adult Protective Services
Aging and Long-Term Care
Community Living Connections
Offering assistance to help people with disabilities (and older adults) with:
• In-home care and personal assistance
• Transportation for medical and other
• Caregiver support and respite relief
• Assisted living
• Prepared meals and food assistance
• Health insurance
• Mental health
• Long-term care
• Assistive devices
• Legal support and advocacy
• Options counseling
CO-AD (Coalition of Advocates for the Disabled)
COPES Personal Care Program
(509) 458-7450Developmental Disabilities Division (DDD)
312 W. 8th Avenue
Spokane,. WA 99204(509) 329-2900,
Support each person with a Developmental Disability to achieve and maintain a full and participating life in their community.DSHS Developmental Disabilities
(509) 329-2900Eastern Assistive Technology Resource Center
(Washington Assistive Technology Act Program)
Technology for Independence
Providing 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. Assistive Technology makes everyday tasks easier or possible. AT is any item, piece of equipment,or product that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities.
Home Remodeling for People with Disabilities: What You Need to KnowPeople
living with disabilities, or seniors aging in place, will find advice
and resources about how to make their homes more livable and enjoyable. (article by Expertise, by Michael Sledd, June 17, 2015, 1-877-769-7769, email@example.com)http://www.expertise.com/home-and-garden/home-remodeling-for-disability-and-special-needs
MagnaReadyProvidence Adult Day Health
those with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Parkinson's or just about any other
disability who struggle to get dressed in the morning, life just got a
whole lot simpler. MagnaReady provides a magnetically-infused dress
shirt that eases dressing for those with limited mobility or dexterity.
By magnetically infusing the buttons on shirts, they have created a
product that makes getting dressed both quick and painless. You can even
leave the collar magnet "unbuttoned" for a more casual look. Machine
washable, easy to wear clothing is made of high quality wrinkle-free
fabric. These products come in all sizes. For more information: (866)
Meals on Wheels
(Spokane) - (509) 456-6597
(Spokane Valley) - (509) 924-6976
New Hope Training Center
421 N. Mullan
509-928-0423People Accessing Careers & Education (PACE)
3305 W. Fort George Wright Drive
Spokane, WA 99224
Assists people with significant obstacles to employment or community inclusion to achieve life goals through education, resource coordination and vocational support. Most PACE students have cognitive, physical, sensory or psychiatric disabilities and want to achieve independence, employment and ongoing education.
6018 N Astor
Spokane, WA 99208
Caring for the Elderly and Caregivers. Providing respite for caregivers, nursing, rehabilitation, case management, and activities for loved ones.
Rehab Without WallsSpokane Area Swimming
(North Spokane, near Deer Park)
Comprehensive interdisciplinary rehab following traumatic events for children and adults. Solutions for people with neurorehabilitation of traumatic brain injury (TBI), acquired brain injury (ABI), spinal cord injury (SCI), and stroke (CVA). Hippotherapy offers tremendous motivation for traumatic spinal cord injury, including brain-injured soldiers. This unique therapy pairs specially trained horses with patients, to increase hip and pelvic range of motion, strengthen the trunk, and provide valuable, effective sensory integration, among other benefits.offers a program for children with disabilities to utilize a treatment where equine movement improves neuromuscular function.
A team of about 50 swimmers ages 6 to 21
operating under the jurisdiction of USA Swimming. They train swimmers
with disabilities alongside those without. http://www.spokaneareaswimming.orgSpokane Center for Disabled Adults (
Information and referrals for people with disabilities.
Team St. Luke's
P.O. Box 469
Spokane, WA 99210-0469
Volunteer to Coach or Organize Events!
Team St. Luke’s,
a structured sports team and recreation program for young and adult
participants with physical disabilities, encourages people to reach for
their dreams and achieve success. While developing valuable life
skills, participants also have the opportunity to pursue college sports
scholarships, participate in sports and recreation camps and compete in
elite regional and national competitions. Through Team St. Luke’s,
participants develop lasting friendships, master important life skills
and most importantly have fun.
Wheelchair Transport - Quality
Private Pay - call for prices