Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Washington State Online Resources for Disability Issues

In our last blog on April 8th we gave you some information about three great sites for information and insights into issues of concern. Here are some resources in Washington State that provide current and useful information.

Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (WISE) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to expanding employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. The consultant team works intimately with private businesses, county governments, school districts, social service providers, and families to offer technical assistance, innovative project design and demonstration, ADA consulting, financial systems analysis and design, and information technology assessment.
The Arc of King County is the oldest non-profit organization serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in the Greater Puget Sound area, and is one of the oldest such organizations in the United States. They provide direct, hands-on support to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through outreach, advocacy, and direct support. Most of their services are free including outreach to senior parents caring for their adult children with disabilities, peer support for parents, self-advocacy training, classes on numerous topics, direct support for adults living in their own homes, and an information and referral phone line.
Washington State Business Leaders Network is an extension of the nation-wide Business Leadership Network (USBLN) established in 1994 by the former President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (PCEPD) now coordinated through the Department of Labor's Office on Disability Employment Policy There are active BLN Chapters in more than 32 States. This is an excellent resource for businesses interested in helping to diversity their workforce by hiring people with disabilities. It has links to other websites and resources as well as a section about best practices.

Watch for our next blog on April 15th to learn about some excellent government sites.

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