Revamped dock at Pier 50 offers new accessibility features 

It took two years for a full rebuild, but as of August 2019, the new passenger-only ferry dock at Pier 50 has reopened, to include Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements for those with mobility issues. Travelers taking regional ferry service to West Seattle, Vashon, Bremerton and Kingston can now wait under a fully-covered dock with inside seating. A tactile path and tactile signs also guide the way forward to the boat and a new ADA assistance station.  The new dock even includes an elevator that will connect to a new pedestrian bridge… Read More

2019 Annual Giving Drive: Spotlight on nonprofits supporting people with disabilities 

King County’s Annual Giving Drive Program started Monday, Oct. 7, and almost 1,200 nonprofits are taking part this year.  Throughout this year’s drive, we’ll feature four nonprofits in different categories. In honor of Disability Awareness Month, we’ve highlighted four nonprofits that support people with disabilities that you can donate to. Art with Heart (9220) 316 Broadway Ste. 316 Seattle, WA 98122 –The foundation helps children in trauma and or/adversity find peace, by spreading the healing power of creative expression through art and humanities. Athletes for Kids (9774) 3020 Issaquah Pine Lake Rd #254, Sammamish, WA 98075 – A… Read More

Transition Fairs provide connection and opportunity for youth with developmental disabilities 

The King County School-to-Work Program provides students with developmental disabilities the resources to plan a bright future after high school. The program is currently planning its 13th annual Transition Resource Fairs: two one-day conferences attended by families, teachers, local agencies, and potential employers intended to help students with developmental disabilities find employment before leaving their high school programs. Several years ago, Microsoft approached the School-to-Work Program to be a partner in hosting and coordinating the Transition Resource Fairs.  This partnership has helped it become one of the most informative and resourceful events for students with disabilities… Read More

Overcoming a life changing injury with strength, dignity and a committed team

October is Disability Awareness Month in King County. We will be featuring stories that highlight the experiences and contributions of employees experiencing disabilities to our King County community throughout the next few weeks. In early December 2017, King County employee Todd Johnson experienced a tragic accident. A truck driver with the then Roads Division in the former Department of Transportation (DOT) for 21 years, Todd was working with a backhoe digger when his right hand got caught in the machine. After a coworker rushed him to the hospital, Todd underwent multiple surgeries… Read More

Celebrating Disability Awareness Month in King County

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… Read More

King County Supported Employment Program highlighted at national conference 

Christina Davidson and Jeff Casem from the Disability Services Section of the Department of Human Resources recently presented on King County’s Supported Employment Program at the National Associate of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) Directors Forum and Mid-Year Conference. The conference featured a national audience of approximately 200-250 state directors of services, senior management, policy makers, self-advocates, researchers and providers from all over the country in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Their interest was in learning how to take on policies for the employment of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and embedding in… Read More

Supported Employment in Transit: Brandon Sims 

King County’s Supported Employment Program matches job seekers with developmental disabilities to jobs by identifying efficiencies and unmet needs throughout King County government. Department of Metro Transit’s Vehicle Maintenance Division partnered with Christina Davidson, Supported Employment Program Manager, to hire through the Program to meet their business needs at the Non-Revenue Base detailing vehicles.  Big thank you to Transit leadership for their commitment in building an inclusive workforce!   Brandon Sims started working with the Transit in July of 2018 to provide support around the shop as well as detail non-revenue vehicles, all none bus… Read More

King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office employee featured for work promoting disability rights 

Lori Bridgewater, a paralegal in the Homicide and Violent Crimes unit within the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, was recently highlighted by KIRO 7 News. A long-time employee, Lori recently suffered a stroke and now uses a wheelchair. Lori has received services from King County Disability Services, and has been supported through the accommodation and return to work process. She has used this experience to raise awareness about accessibility issues for people and how buildings and locations can work to become more ADA compliant.  To view the full story, read more here. You can make an… Read More

Supported Employment in Roads Division: Matt Everson 

King County’s Supported Employment Program matches job seekers with developmental disabilities to jobs by identifying efficiencies and unmet needs throughout King County government. Roads Division partnered with Christina Davidson, Supported Employment Program Manager, to hire through the Program to meet their business needs.    Matt Everson started working with the Roads Division in December of 2017 to provide support around recycling and other tasks. “[Matt] is just a part of the family now. People from front-line employees to management love to interact with Matt. He’s been a great addition to the team,” stated Jeremy Ferguson,… Read More

Breaking down barriers with Supported Employment: Janet Mejie 

King County’s Supported Employment Program matches job seekers with developmental disabilities to jobs by identifying efficiencies and unmet needs throughout King County government. One of the new hires is Janet Mejie, who recently started working in Transit Safety & Training section. “It’s made us more efficient and more effective as a safety staff in general in the Safety office to have this type of backing and support from Janet,” said Michael Marks, Superintendent Transit Safety. Watch the short video below that highlights Janet in the Supported Employment Program and contact Christina Davidson to learn more about ways you… Read More