ADULTS with Disabilities

  • 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 American 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.   

FEMA:  "Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs"
https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/897

American Red Cross:  "Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities. ”  
This booklet can help you organize a personal disaster plan, and includes plans for the care of service animals and/or pets during a disaster.  It contains information about disaster preparation for people with disabilities, relevant documents, checklists, guidelines, extra space to use to organize information and other materials.
http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/disabilities


Statistics
  • 70% of adults who are developmentally disabled live at home with their parents.  (Brian Holloway, director of The Arc)
What You Can Do
  • 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.
Local Organizations
Additional Resources

Adult Protective Services

(509) 323-9400
(800) 459-0421

Aging and Long-Term Care

(509) 458-2509

CHORE (Volunteer-based)
(509) 358-4270

Community Living Connections
(509) 960-7281
email:  CLCinformation@community-minded.org 
http://www.SpokaneHelpline.org

https://washingtoncommunitylivingconnections.org
Offering assistance to help people with disabilities (and older adults) with:
    •    Housing
    •    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)

1-800-632-5125

COPES Personal Care Program

(509) 458-7450

Developmental Disabilities Division (DDD)
312 W. 8th Avenue
Spokane,. WA   99204
(509) 329-2900, 477-5722
https://www.spokanecounty.org/2938/Developmental-Disabilities-Division
Support each person with a Developmental Disability to achieve and maintain a full and participating life in their community.

DSHS Developmental Disabilities
(509) 329-2900

Eastern Assistive Technology Resource Center
(Washington Assistive Technology Act Program)
Technology for Independence
1-800-214-8731
http://www.watap.org
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 Know

People 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, info@expertise.com)
http://www.expertise.com/home-and-garden/home-remodeling-for-disability-and-special-needs

MagnaReady
For 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) 635-8866  http://www.magnaready.com/shop/home.php

Meals on Wheels
(Spokane) - (509) 456-6597
(Spokane Valley) - (509) 924-6976

New Hope Training Center

421 N. Mullan
Spokane, WA
509-928-0423

People Accessing Careers & Education (PACE)
The Lodge
3305 W. Fort George Wright Drive
Spokane, WA  99224
509-279-6033.
http://sccel.spokane.edu/PACE.aspx
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.

Providence Adult Day Health
6018 N Astor
Spokane, WA   99208
509-482-2475
fairhul@hfadc.org
http://washington.providence.org/senior-care/spokane-adult-day-health/
Caring for the Elderly and Caregivers.  Providing respite for caregivers, nursing, rehabilitation, case management, and activities for loved ones. 

Rehab Without Walls
(North Spokane, near Deer Park)
509-710-9825
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/oct/20/harnessed-health/
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.

Spokane Area Swimming
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.org

Spokane Center for Disabled Adults (formerly CORD)
(509) 326-6355
Information and referrals for people with disabilities. 

Team St. Luke's
P.O. Box 469
Spokane, WA 99210-0469
(509) 473-6053
Volunteer to Coach or Organize Events!
Volunteer Coordinator:
Mary Bozman
(509) 473-6749
bozmanm@inhs.org
https://www.st-lukes.org/Sub.aspx?id=436

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

(509) 535-2475
Private Pay - call for prices