Accessibility & Assistive Technology
Northwest Access Fund, formerly known as Washington Access Fund, provides funding for people with disabilities to purchase assistive technology and achieve greater independence through loans and Individual Development Accounts, and lists additional outside resources for securing assistive technology for augmentative communication, home and vehicle modifications, and more. See the website for more information about eligibility and how to apply.
Easterseals Washington offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities and their families.
The Washington State Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) provides services for Washington residents who are blind or have visual impairments. Services may include job counseling, assistive technology, school-to-work transition, and more. Visit the DSB website for more information and to request services online.
CLEAR is the statewide intake line for free and low-cost civil legal aid in Washington. Individuals with low incomes and legal issues may receive legal resources, information, and referrals to legal services providers in their geographic area. In King County, individuals may access these services by calling 2-1-1. Otherwise, individuals may reach CLEAR by calling 1 (888) 201-1014 or use the online intake form on the website. Seniors (people age 60 and over) can access intake by calling CLEAR*Sr at 1 (888) 387-7111. Veterans may dial 1 (855) 657-8387.
Washington LawHelp is the online legal information source maintained by Northwest Justice Project, Washington’s legal aid program for low income persons.
Neighborhood Legal Services Assistive Technology Project provides a wide range of Assistive Technology (AT) information and links to support the advocacy efforts of persons with disabilities and their families, attorneys, advocates, and service agencies as they seek funding for AT services and devices.
Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP) serves Washington residents seeking information about assistive technology (AT) and accessible information technology. WATAP also provides assistance in locating, funding, and refurbishing computers, and training in the use of assistive technology.
The US Department of Justice ADA website provides extensive Americans with Disabilities Act information, including the act and related regulations. It also provides instructions on how to file complaints of violations of Title II and Title III of the ADA.
Closing the Gap provides a print or online newsletter and directory of Assistive Technology equipment, in addition to an annual conference.
The Northwest ADA Information Center provides online and telephone information about the Americans with Disabilities Act and its protections for people with disabilities.