2018 Accessible Community Advisory Committee — Applications open through October 16

The Spokane County Accessible Community Advisory Committee (ACAC) is seeking applications through October 16 to fill four positions for a three-year term (starting December 2017).

“The ACAC’s purpose is to promote greater awareness of disability issues and to improve access for and inclusion and acceptance of persons with disabilities in Spokane County.”

In compliance with RCW 36.01.310, it shall be the duty of the ACAC to:
1. Advise the Spokane County Board of County Commissioners on addressing the needs of persons with disabilities in emergency plans;
2. Advise the county and other local governments within the county on access to programs, services and activities, new construction or renovation projects, sidewalks, other pedestrian routes of travel, and disability parking enforcement;
3. Develop local initiatives and activities to promote greater awareness of disability issues, and acceptance, involvement, and access of persons with disabilities within the community;
4. Conduct public hearings and other investigations to determine the needs and priorities of county residents with disabilities;
5. Carry out other duties that the Spokane County Board of County Commissioners may request under the provisions of the State of Washington.

DETAILS: Appointments of members shall be made from a list of applicants, including interested persons with a diverse range of disabilities who are knowledgeable in identifying and eliminating attitudinal, programmatic, communication, and physical barriers encountered by persons with disabilities. The list may also include family members, advocates, representatives from local disability-related organizations or educational institutions, and other individuals who are interested in promoting greater awareness of disability issues, and acceptance, involvement, and access of persons with disabilities within the community.

Members will meet at least 4 times per year.

If you are interested in applying, download and fill out one of the attached applications.
Then mail to Lynn Kimball, Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington, 1222 N Post St, Spokane, WA 99201.
Or FAX to (509) 458-2003.

Questions? Contact Lynn Kimball at (509) 458-2509 or kimbala@dshs.wa.gov

Applications will be reviewed by the current ACAC on October 18. Their list of recommendations will go to the Spokane County Board of County Commissioners to consider for appointment.

For more information, visit the ACAC’s webpage:



Jena Jauchius presents “Landscaping for Autism” Sept. 28

We are excited to have Jena P. Jauchius, Landscape Architect from SPVV Landscape Architects, join our next Access 4 All Spokane meeting! Jena’s presentation is entitled “Landscaping for Autism”.

While Jena’s presentation is particularly valuable for children with autism and the people that love and support them, much of her work on ‘nature-based play and learning environments’ can benefit children of all abilities and ages.

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at 1206 & 1212 N. Howard Street, Spokane.

ASL interpretation and an assistive listening loop system are available at all of our meetings.

Please contact Dave Reynolds, A4A Spokane coordinator at 509-789-8779 or dreynolds@arc-spokane.org for more information.

Here’s more info on Jena: