October is Disability Awareness Month in King County
Dear fellow King County employee,
October is Disability Awareness Month in King County, a time to celebrate and recognize the many contributions of people with disabilities in our community and around the world. It’s also a time to raise awareness about challenges that people with disabilities face and look at what we can do to help them thrive and fulfill their potential.
Everyone deserves a fair shot at success. We are all better off when everyone has an equitable opportunity to fully participate in our community and contribute their unique perspectives and talents.
At King County we work every day to break down barriers that keep people from achieving their goals. We offer many programs and services that support people with disabilities such as our Supported Employment Program, which helps people with developmental disabilities find rewarding careers with us. Recruiting people into our workforce through this program is a great way of bringing talented employees with unique perspectives into County government, and I am proud of the opportunities we are creating through this program.
We also use our network of services to help people make the most of everything this region has to offer, whether it’s through improved access to public transit, making our Parks facilities and trails more accessible, offering housing assistance and improvement programs, or providing Accessible Voting Centers with audio or large print ballots and other assistive devices.
It’s our job to be relentless in our work of removing barriers and expanding opportunity. That’s how we ensure we are a community where every person can pursue their passion regardless of who they are, where they are from, or the unique abilities they possess.
King County Executive