Alert! Alert! Alert!
Due to a very low number of people registering for the WSAD conference to be held in Vancouver August 6 through 9, the WSAD board decided to cancel the conference. We regret the inconvenience this may have caused you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the officers of WSAD. Go to www.WSAD.org to send ur message.


Medical Interpreter Task Force on the WSRID legislative blog. WSAD, ADWAS, DBSC, WSRID, NW justice Project and Senior Citizen leaders/advocates sat down for our first meeting with the Health Care Authority about the problems HCA has had over the past three years in providing interpreters for Deaf and Deafblind Medicaid patients in Washington State. http://wsridlegcommittee.wix.com/wsrid-legislative-information/apps/blog/medical-interpreter-task-force-sits-down-for

Dave Mathews Band at the Gorge Amphitheatre
Special “CAPTIONED” Event – Saturday, Sept. 5
Unique opportunity to ‘hear’ quality live entertainment!
If you wish to attend and need more info, contact Mary Jo at harvemj@nullnetzero.com
The Gorge Amphitheatre is a 27,500-seat outdoor concert venue near the Columbia River in George, Washington. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Gorge is considered one of the most scenic concert locations in the world. Address: 754 Silica Road, Quincy, WA 98848 (Just 2 hrs west of Spokane) Phone: (509) 785-6262

Tickets: http://www.livenation.com/venues/14067/gorge-amphitheatre| or http://www.gorgeamphitheatre.net

This captioned concert was arranged by WASH-CAP

The Washington State Communication Access Project (Wash-CAP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enabling persons who are hard of hearing to fully enjoy public venues by being able to have spoken words typed in real time and displayed so all can read them.

We accomplish these goals by working with sports, entertainment, cultural, governmental, and other venues to provide facilities that make it possible for the hard of hearing to share the same experience as the hearing public. Where persuasion fails, we are prepared to compel the venues to provide those facilities.

Wash-CAP is an IRS 501(c)3 non-profit entity, made up of hearing, hard of hearing, and deaf people from all walks of life who are interested in our society enabling all citizens to understand what is being spoken or sung in a public venue. There are no dues. Communication with members is primarily through e-mail. Wash-CAP has an elected board of directors and a president. Members form committees to work with venues of interest to them to make the venue accessible to the hard of hearing.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that in 2011, there were at least 250,000.

Washingtonians who were hard of hearing. When public venues offer spoken words as the primary source of information for their audiences, many of that 250,000 avoid those venues. In addition, their spouses, children, siblings, and friends use those venues less because the loved one who is hard of hearing cannot enjoy them. When those venues offer captioning, hard of hearing people can enjoy the venue as much as the hearing public.

2015 WSAD Conference theme is: “Deaf Leadership: Power of the Past and Force of the Future”
When: August 6 – 9th, 2015
Where: Vancouver, Washington

Please fill out the 2015 Conference Registration Form for your fun experience!

 The ADA 25th Celebration and Rally
“Looking to our Past to See our Future”

This July 26th, will be the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

We know that many of you have been making plans on how you are going to celebrate this milestone in the disability rights movement. We also know, that many of you would like to collaborate with other organizations to bring public awareness and to share in the public celebration of where we have been, where we are now, and raise awareness of where we still need to go.

When: July 22, 2015, (Wednesday)

Time: 4 PM to 6 PM

Where: WestLake Park/Center in Downtown Seattle

How: Rally- Celebrate- Collaborate

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE. We want you, your members, staff, networks and people served to be part of this celebration to bring public attention to the ADA. We want to celebrate its achievements and Rally for issues that will bring opportunity for true equity to all. Let us know your interest, so we can contact you to support, coordinate, and/or partner if possible.

Why am I receiving this message?
We are developing our Community Partnership contact list and have included you in our first outreach message.
· Please take time to forward to your partners and networks.
· Please respond to this email to find out how you and your organization can take part in this exciting rally and celebration.
We have many opportunities to participate and can range from:
· Organizing your group to attend the day of the event
· Sending our information updates to all your distribution networks and partners
· Provide in kind services for the day of (accommodation services, volunteering for hosting etc.)
· Being one of our Angel Sponsors providing funding for the successful and memorable 25th Anniversary Celebration

Who will be at the event?
Confirmed Speakers:
· Senator Cyrus Habib
· Stuart Pixley (Community activist)
· Senator Patty Murray- Video
Tentative Speakers:
· Governor Inslee Representative
· Mayor Ed Murray
· 3 to 5 community advocates representing the work that lead to the signing of the ADA, the positive impact 20+ years after, and a focus on where we need to still work together for change.
· Various musical artists and “people moments”
· Numerous “shout outs” to organizations in the crowd to cheer their efforts

Who Needs to be at this event:
· Community Partners
· Organizations serving the disability communities
· Organizations representing the interests of people with disabilities
· Business, government and allies to the disability community
· People with disabilities to celebrate together!

“Day-Of” planning details will include:
· Transportation options for various modes of travel
· Drop off and pick up locations
· Day of agenda and speaker and entertainment program
· Information on accommodation solutions being provided for this event
· Other ADA events planned by organizations around the state
· And much …..much ……more.

Looking forward to working with you to share our communities pride and resolution to the people of Washington State. Sincerely your ADA Celebration Steering Committee.

Ø Washington State Rehabilitation Council (WSRC)
Ø Washington State Independent Living Council (WASILC)
Ø Northwest ADA Center
Ø Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities-City of Seattle
Ø Department of Services for the Blind
Ø City of Seattle Office of Civil Rights
Ø Alliance for People with disabilities
Ø ARC of Washington
Ø Washington Business Leadership Network (WaBLN)
Ø Northwest Paralyzed Veterans Association
Contact information:
Mark Adreon – mark.adreon@nulldsb.wa.gov, 206.906.5502
Teesha Kirschbaum – kirsctr@nulldshs.wa.gov, 360.725.3690
Brooke Searight – searibj@nulldshs.wa.gov, 360.725.3692

Town Hall Meetings

Proposed Bill for Sign Language Interpreting License

A collbrative project by WSAD & WRID

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“The Mission of WSAD is to promote, protect and preserve the rights and quality of life of deaf individuals in the state of Washington.”