Five Questions with Roxanne Vierra, Disability Compliance Specialist, Office of Civil Rights & Open Government

1. What was your first role at King County? I’d previously worked 10 years at the U.W. Disabled Student Services office, then 10 years at the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, where my position included primarily fair housing investigations and a bit of public disability access. When I was offered this job with King County 16 years ago, I was excited because it allowed me to use my Disability Specialist experience in a more active way. While I still handle fair housing enforcement and outreach, my role as Disability Compliance Specialist enables… Read More

Former Marine finds new way to serve community 

After two Iraq tours in the Marine Corps, Gavriel Jacobs’ plan was to pursue a career in law enforcement. “I wanted to come back from Iraq and the Middle East to go from serving my country to serving my community and really planned on joining the Seattle Police or Washington State Patrol,” Jacobs said. But when he lost his leg below the knee in combat and spent a year in the hospital, he had to rethink his career goals.

Join us in celebrating Disability Awareness Month

October is Disability Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to raise awareness and learn more about the work that King County does to provide opportunities for all individuals to participate, contribute and thrive in our communities. Attend a lunch and learn event Invisible Voices: What Do You Think of When You Hear the Word Disability? (video + discussion) | Thursday, October 16, noon – 2 p.m. Chinook Building, Room 121, 401 Fifth Avenue, Seattle | Presenter:  Roxanne Vierra, Disability Compliance Specialist, King County Office of Civil Rights & Open Government | Contact to… Read More

Employees learn about ethnic and disability media

On Monday, July 28, King County staff spent a valuable morning learning more about the richness of ethnic and disability media in King County. The event included a panel of ethnic and disability media journalists, a networking session, and a Q&A session with Executive Constantine. The event provided various opportunities for King County employees and the Executive to interact with the ethnic and disability media.  Panelists shared great advice about working with ethnic and disability media to serve the growing diversification of people living in King County. “We encourage you to contact… Read More

Helping young adults with disabilities make school-to-work transition

The transition from high school to adulthood can be scary for anyone, but particularly for someone who has a developmental or intellectual disability. “You start to become an adult when you leave high school. Whether you’re an 18 or 21 year old like the people we serve, it’s just a pivotal time. Everyone wants to know, ‘Well what are you going to do?,’” Richard Wilson said. Wilson is the program manager who heads up the Developmental Disabilities Division’s School to Work Program. The program works with school districts in King County to… Read More