DISABILITY

This is a listing of Everett and Seattle area services that provide access to free & low-cost disability accommodation & support resources for Developmental & Learning Disabilities as well as Visual, Hearing & Mobility Impairments are included in this section. Since, there is a very limited offering of support services in the Everett area, we have included a number of resources located in Seattle. 

Please be advised: the Everett Social Services listed in the Everett Helplink index do not constitute an endorsement by our website, nor are they a guarantee of the services listed on those pages.


Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). SSDI is available to people who have been employed for at least 5 years. They must be less than 65 years old and suffering from a condition that has lasted for at least one year. They have to show proof of the medical affliction along with low income earnings.

Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP)provides a comprehensive continuum of services and resources to help Washingtonians with disabilities of all ages to make informed decisions about assistive technology (AT), and to provide alternative means of acquiring the AT they need. WATAP serves not only individuals with disabilities, but also their circle of support including family members, employers, employment service providers, educators, health care providers, social service providers, and others seeking AT expertise in all areas of life, but especially in education, employment, and community living. 

The Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project (DHAP) the need for SSDI/SSI representation for homeless individuals. DHAP delivers legal aid “in the field” at local shelters, libraries, and sites accessible to the homeless population. DHAP helps provide the accommodations, resources, and encouragement necessary to help keep homeless clients engaged in medical treatment and in their disability claim.

Everett Para Transit is a wheelchair-accessible, shared-ride transportation service for individuals who are prevented from using the Everett Transit fixed-route bus service by a functional disability


DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY SERVICES

The Arc is part of the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. They encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental disabilities.

The DD Endowment Trust Fund allows individuals with developmental disabilities, or their families, to set aside funds for future use without affecting their eligibility for government services and benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. Funds can be withdrawn from the trust and used for many services not covered by other benefits, including recreation, therapy, clothing and transportation.

The Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD) at the University of Washington makes important contributions to the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families through a comprehensive array of research, clinical services, training, community outreach, and dissemination activities. 

Providing Services For People With Disabilities And Their Families. Easterseals Washington serves over 4,100 children and adults annually throughout the state. We change the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people's lives every day, helping our clients build the skills and access the resources they need to live, learn, work and play.

Disability Rights Washington (DRW) is a private, non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. There mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. They work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. They provide free advocacy services to people with disabilities.


Services & equipment for Mobility Impaired

Bridge Disability Ministries is a faith-based organization that helps people with disabilities get used wheelchairs and walkers. The Meyer Medical Equipment Center provides free or discounted equipment clients who need it.

MSHH Donor Closer makes refurbished medical equipment available at a greatly reduced price. All equipment is at a low suggested minimum donation amount. They don't charge tax and donations may be tax deductible.


Services for Blind & Low Vision

Washington State Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) provides training, counseling, and support to help Washington residents of all ages, who are blind or visually impaired, pursue employment, education, and independent living. The goal is “Inclusion, Independence, and Economic Vitality for People with Visual Disabilities.”

The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) is a program of the Washington State Library and the Office of the Secretary of State. Located in Seattle, WTBBL provides library services state-wide, at the library and by mail, to any Washington resident unable to read standard print material due to blindness, visual impairment, deaf-blindness, physical disability (cannot hold a book or turn pages), or reading disability. All services, including the mailing of books and equipment, are provided at no charge to WTBBL patrons (individuals and institutions). A combination of federal and state funding provide for library materials and operational support.

Low Vision Clinic located in Seattle offers low vision evaluations and tools, training, and assistive technologies available to help clients meet the demands of daily living.


Services for Deaf & Hard of hearing

The ODHH serves the needs of deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, speech disabled and hearing people throughout the State of Washington. The Regional Service Centers also provides information and referral to assist you in locating additional services you may need. 

Starkey Hearing Foundation has provided more hearing help to people in the United States than to any other country. Hear Now is the application-based program that provides hearing help to low-income Americans. Each person they help is fit with new, top-of-the-line digital hearing aids that are customized to their hearing loss.


ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY DEVICES & SERVICES

Telecommunication Relay Services in Washington State is also known as Washington Relay which is a free service provided by the Washington State Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) ensuring equal communication access to the telephone service for people who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and speech disabled. This service allows hearing callers to communicate with deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and speech disabled relay users and vice versa through specially trained relay operators.

The Telecommunication Equipment Distribution (TED) program distributes specialized telecommunication equipment that enables Washington residents to have independent use of the telephone.

Speech-to-Speech is a service for people with speech disabilities. If you have a speech disability and live in the USA, you can now use a free† telephone relay service, available 24 hours a day. This service is similar to the TTY service available to the hearing disabled except that it does not require typing. 


Learning Disabilities Association of Washington (LDA WA) promotes and provides service and support to improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by learning and attentional disabilities. This Association provides a referral service to connect individuals – parents, children, teens, adults, and professionals – with resources throughout the Puget Sound. Learning Disabilities Association of Washington is a state affiliate of the Learning Disabilities Association of America.