Open letter to Inland Northwest businesses about snow removal

We are asking for your help this season to make our area safer and more welcoming for tens of thousands of your neighbors, visitors and customers that have disabilities.

Our message: Please pay extra attention to making sure parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities are fully cleared of snow and ice.

You’d be surprised how many parking lots in previous winters actually had snow piled onto those blue or white wheelchair symbols and access stripes! Some had dangerous patches of ice in those spaces and on the sidewalks and walkways going into the buildings.

Chances are you and your employees have worked hard to keep snow and ice out of those (formerly known as “handicapped”) accessible spaces and walkways.

If you have been doing that, thank you so much.

Access 4 All Spokane is a team of local leaders that work together to celebrate and encourage accessibility and disability friendliness for people with all sorts of disabilities and ages. We want you to know we do pay attention and we appreciate your thoughtfulness and efforts regarding this important safety issue.

Gratefully,

Access 4 All Spokane
www.Access4AllSpokane.org

image shows a standard "reserved parking" sign with the international wheelchair symbol surrounded by snow that is piled high enough to partially block the sign
  PLEASE DON’T DO THIS!
pile of snow partially covering a sidewalk, accessible parking space, and part of the sign
OR THIS!

Nov 30: “Making Welcome” — Great customer service is disability-friendly

Access 4 All Spokane presents “Making Welcome”, a fun and interactive session on how to confidently provide disability-friendly customer service.

November 30 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

711 S. Cowley St., Room # 200
(St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute)

“Making Welcome” is geared toward anyone who wants to promote great customer service for all abilities and all ages in our area.

There is no charge. Snacks will be provided.

To RSVP or request accommodations, contact:
Dave Reynolds, Coordinator
Access 4 All Spokane
509-216-2611
Dave@Access4AllSpokane.org

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“Celebrating and encouraging accessible and disability-friendly places, services, and events across Spokane County.”

Stop by A4A Spokane table at Unity In The Community

Saturday, August 18, Access 4 All Spokane will be at Unity in the Community, 10:00 to 4:00 at Spokane Riverfront Park.

This is our fourth year celebrating accessibility and disability friendliness at the Inland Northwest’s largest annual multi-cultural event.

Stop by. Say “Hi!”. Introduce your friends.

Hope to see you there!

Here is a picture from our first Unity in the Community event in 2015.

Image is of four people next to an A4A Spokane table display under a canopy.
Access 4 All Spokane members Jude Cormier, Bryan Branson, Dave Reynolds, Alisa Rudolph, and Casey the Dog Guide under the 2015 A4A Spokane exhibit table.

Celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the ADA with our Advocacy For All Workshop

Thursday, July 26, is the 28th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Even though A4A Spokane and our Spokane County Accessible Community Advisory Committee are taking a summer break from out regular meetings, we will be celebrating this important landmark by presenting our Advocacy For All Workshop.

This is an interactive event. Together we will explore ways to work collaboratively toward long-term solutions where everybody wins!

July 26, 2018
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute
Room 200
711 S. Cowley, Spokane

No charge. Snacks provided.


To RSVP, contact:
Dave Reynolds, Coordinator
Access 4 All Spokane
509-216-2611
dave@access4allspokane.org
www.Access4AllSpokane.org
www.Facebook.com/Access4AllSpokane

“Celebrating and encouraging accessible and disability-friendly places, services, and events across Spokane County”

A4A Spokane on KXLY Radio 920 am!

Sunday morning, May 20, at 5:30 a.m., Deb Wolfer, Spokane County’s Accessible Community Advisory Committee Chair, and Dave Reynolds, Access 4 All Spokane Coordinator, will be featured on “Breaking Through”, a brand-spanking new talk radio show hosted by Don Gillespie from Northwest Center in the Spokane Valley.

Click here to listen to live streaming on KXLY 920.

For those of you who will not be able to listen to the show on KXLY or the website — for whatever reason — we will post the transcript next week.

 

Help us spread disability-friendliness here at home — Jan 19 or Jan 22

You have two more chances this month to help
Access 4 All Spokane
spread disability
friendliness across Spokane County.

“Making Welcome” is Access 4 All Spokane’s 3-hour interactive session on how to interact confidently with people that have disabilities, particularly in customer service situations.

The class is FREE! We’ll bring snacks, cool water, hot coffee and maybe even some cocoa. So you can just relax and join our conversation.

Jan. 19 (Friday) 6pm-9pm; West Central Community Center, Newton Lounge (1603 N. Belt); OR
Jan. 22 (Monday) 8am-11am; St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Rm. # 200 (711 S. Cowley)

* You might be surprised at the number of people with disabilities (tens of thousands, really) who live, work, learn, worship, play, shop, dine and spend their money in our area.
* You’ll learn why many people feel ‘awkward’ when interacting with customers that have disabilities.
* We’ll discuss how disability-friendly customer service is a “win-win” for customers, visitors, business, public services, and our entire community.
* And you’ll leave with the nuts & bolts about disability-aware etiquette, respectful language, and customer service tips — from local experts who really know their stuff.

To RSVP or request accommodations:
Dave Reynolds, Coordinator
Access 4 All Spokane
509-216-2611
Dave@Access4AllSpokane.org

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD THROUGH YOUR NETWORKS!.

And thank you for all you do to make our area more accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities.

This Access 4 All Spokane project is possible through funding from Spokane County
and the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment

Access 4 All
Spokane

320 E. Second Avenue
Spokane, Washington 99202
Phone: 509-216-2611
Dave@Access4AllSpokane.org
Dave
Reynolds, Coordinator

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Is Access 4 All Spokane on your Giving Tuesday list?

The Arc of Spokane (a 501c3 non-profit) is the fiscal agent for Access 4 All Spokane. Your financial contributions are tax-deductible.

There are two ways to financially support Access 4 All Spokane:

1) BY MAIL
Send a check or money order. Be sure to write “Access 4 All Spokane” on the memo line. Mail your gift to:

The Arc of Spokane
attn: Access 4 All Spokane
320 E. 2nd Ave.
Spokane, WA  99202-1402

2) ON-LINE**
Click here to donate with a credit or debit card through The Arc of Spokane’s data-secure portal.
**Important!!! Under “Designation” be sure to select “Access 4 All Spokane” from the drop-down list! This way your contribution will go directly to Access 4 All Spokane.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to celebrate and encourage accessible and disability-friendly places, services and events in our area!