Access 4 All Spokane presents at “Welcoming Different Voices” May 17

Sign up before May 10 for “Welcoming Different Voices”, the 2019 Pacific & Western Disability Studies Symposium, being held May 17 & 18 at Eastern Washington University’s Riverpoint Campus in Downtown Spokane.

Access 4 All Spokane members will present several sessions and a keynote address on Friday, May 17.

There is no charge for this event. A meal will be included each day if you register by May 10.

Please share this message to others.

Click here to register:
https://sites.ewu.edu/pwdss/

Details: On May 17, Access 4 All Spokane members Deb Wolfer and Alisa Rudolph will tell the story of A4A Spokane and the Spokane County Accessible Community Advisory Committee, and focus on our collaborative efforts to celebrate and encourage accessible and disability-friendly places, events and services in our area.

Lynn Swedberg will do a nuts-and-bolts session on how to make meetings more accessible.

Dave Reynolds will give a keynote address on some next steps in the evolution of disability advocacy.

Several of our allies from Worksource, Workforce Development Council, Next Generation Zone and others will fill the audience in on innovative approaches to employment in our area.

Laura Renz will introduce the crowd to the Northwest Service Dog Alliance and their advocacy efforts to educate the community to reduce unsafe, bogus service dogs.

Please forward this message:
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Thank you for all you do to make the world more accessible and welcoming.

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

Disability friendly customer service: March 4 & March 18

The Access 4 All Spokane coalition wants to empower people in retail, hospitality, public services and health care to confidently provide disability-friendly customer service.

We have two “Making Welcome” sessions in March to choose from:

Monday, March 4, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

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

OR

Monday, March 18, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Shadle Library
2111 W. Wellesley Ave.

“Making Welcome” provides practical tools for 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

www.Access4AllSpokane.org
www.Facebook.com/Access4AllSpokane

www.twitter.com/A4ASpokane

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

These “Accessibility Ambassador” sessions are made possible through the Spokane County Accessible Community Advisory Committee and the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment.

Please help us spread the word!

January 22 & 28: Tools for disability-friendly customer service

Access 4 All Spokane coalition wants to empower people in retail, hospitality industries, public services and health care to confidently provide disability-friendly customer service.

We have two “Making Welcome” sessions this month to choose from:

Tuesday, January 22, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

OR

Monday, January 28, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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

“Making Welcome” provides practical tools for 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

www.Access4AllSpokane.org
www.Facebook.com/Access4AllSpokane

www.twitter.com/A4ASpokane

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

These “Accessibility Ambassador” sessions are made possible through the Spokane County Accessible Community Advisory Committee and the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment.

Please help us spread the word!

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

www.Access4AllSpokane.org
www.Facebook.com/Access4AllSpokane

www.twitter.com/A4ASpokane

“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.