Monthly Archives: December 2018

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!