[nfbwatlk] FW: Your voice is needed to guide the direction of Independent Living services in WA

Nightingale, Noel Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov
Tue Mar 16 23:23:09 UTC 2010

From: Gladys Springborn [mailto:gladys at disabilitypride.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 4:04 PM
To: Nightingale, Noel
Subject: Your voice is needed to guide the direction of Independent Living services in WA


Make your voice heard about disability issues in WA state at upcoming public forums!  The input given at these forums will guide the direction of services in the next 3 years!

What do you believe are the biggest issues facing Washingtonians with disabilities now and what do you think they will be in the next few years?  Who do you think should take the lead to address them?  Do you have any recommended solutions or policy changes?   Do you think that there are any specific disability populations, cultural groups or geographic areas in the state not getting at least some independent living services?

The State Independent Living Council will be hosting a series of Public Forums to address these questions.  Information gathered will be used in the creation of the 2011-2103 State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).  This document guides how Independent Living services for people with disabilities are provided in the state.

A listing of the forums is below and can be found at  http://www.wasilc.org/Events/CouncilMeetings.html  (the May forum information has not been posted yet to the website)

April 1:  Seattle (Deaf Blind, Deaf, and Hard of Hearing focus.  All are welcome)
Hearing, Speech, & Deafness Center (HSDC)
1625 19th Avenue
6:30pm - 8:30pm

April 21:  Tacoma
6315 S. 19th Street
6:00pm - 8:00pm

April 22:  Seattle
Department Services for the Blind
3411 S. Alaska
10:00am - noon

April 22:  Bellingham
 Whatcom Community College
Syre Bldg, Room #108
6:00pm - 8:00pm

April 23:  Bellingham (Regular SILC meeting)
St. Luke's Community Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway
8:30am - 2:00pm

May 11:  Vancouver
Location and Time To Be Determined

May 12:  Ellensburg
Hal Holmes Center
209 North Ruby Street
6-8 PM

May 13:  Tri-Cities Area
Location and Time to Be Determined

May 14:  Spokane
West Central Community Center
1603 North Belt Street
Noon to 2 PM

All of these events will be CART-Streamed:   http://www.streamtext.net/text.aspx?event=SILC<http://www.streamtext.net/text.aspx?event=SILC>  (available in real time captioning via the Internet) as well as by telephone (Dial-in Number: (877) 216-1555 Passcode: 815648).  If you are unable to attend in person and still want to make comments, please email these to Rob Honan:  honanrw at dshs.wa.gov<mailto:honanrw at dshs.wa.gov> or call:  360-725-3695    or by VP: 866-890-4539  (Barbara Hathaway).  If you need additional accommodations or wish to ask additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact either Honan or Hathaway.

Here is a copy of the 2008-2010 SPIL:  http://www.wasilc.org/documents/StatePlan.html

For more information, you may contact:
Robert Honan, MPA
State Independent Living Council
PO Box 45343
Olympia, WA 98504-5343
360-725-3695  (V)

The Alliance of People with disAbilities
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Ste 100
Seattle, WA  98103
206-632-1212 Voice
1-866-545-7055 Toll-free
206-632-1212 TTY

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