Celebrating Disability Awareness Month in King County

King County Executive Dow Constantine

Dear fellow King County employee,

Each October, we celebrate Disability Awareness Month in King County and recognize the many contributions that people with disabilities make to our community. Disability Awareness Month also reminds us that we must continue to break down barriers so that people with disabilities can share their unique abilities, perspectives, and talents.

That is what is at the heart of our True North: Making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. Each day we inch closer to this goal by doing what we can to break down barriers and lift one another up – at work, at home, and in our communities.

King County offers many programs and services that support people with disabilities and build a more inclusive workforce and community:

  • Our Disability Services Program supports King County’s employees with disabilities with accommodations and resources that help them return to work
  • Our Supported Employment Program helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find rewarding careers with King County and contribute their talents and skills
  • Superior Court provides accommodations to people in the community so they can fully and equally participate in court activities
  • Our Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Supports Division provides employment support services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout King County
  • Our Behavioral Health Supported Employment Program helps people in the community with mental health and substance-use conditions achieve their recovery and employment goals
  • Metro provides easier and specialized access to public transit to help people with disabilities get where they need to go
  • King County Elections provides Accessible Voting Centers with audio or large print ballots and other assistive devices so everyone can have their say in our democratic process.

These are just some of the ways we are making our community more inclusive and welcoming, but there is always more that we can do. I encourage you to look at the services you provide and see if there is a way to make them more accessible to people with disabilities, and to all people in our community.

That’s how we will deliver on the promise of our True North and expand opportunity and access to everyone in King County.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Dow Constantine
King County Executive