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Meeting a range of needs across the state for those living with disabilities.

Additional Disability Resources

Several organizations in Washington state are dedicated to providing resources for people living with disabilities, including those listed here.

Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council

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The Washington Developmental Disabilities Council’s mission is to advocate, promote, and implement policies and practices to create pathways to meaningful, integrated, and productive lives for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. It works to develop policy recommendations, addresses gaps in services for persons with developmental disabilities, builds coalitions, tests new services, advocates, hosts events, and strives for better services between public and private sectors. For more information:

Washington State Independent Living Council


The primary purpose of WASILC is to monitor, review, evaluate and maintain a state plan for independent living. The SPIL establishes goals and benchmarks for the independent living services provided to all individuals living with disabilities in Washington state.

Washington Talking Book and Braille Library

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The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library is a program of the Washington State Library. Located in Seattle, the library provides services statewide, 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. For more information:

Resources for Medical Professionals

Advocating for increased availability of context-appropriate accommodations and providing educational resources are key aspects toward achieving accessibility for all.

AAMC Report on Accessibility, Inclusion, and Action

In 2018, the Association of American Medical Colleges published a comprehensive report titled “Accessibility, Inclusion, and Action in Medical Education: Lived Experiences of Learners and Physicians With Disabilities.” Noting that supporting all qualified learners, regardless of disability, throughout the medical education continuum is an essential goal, the publication weaves together major themes from interviews conducted with 47 students, residents, and physicians with disabilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act and Health Care Access

The Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990, providing a legal framework for people with disabilities to challenge discriminatory practices in work settings, state and local government, and places of public use. Find out more about health care access and the ADA.

Physicians with Disabilities

Physicians with Disabilities is a group within the Society for Healthcare Professionals with Disabilities. This group was developed to provide free resources and support for members. Its mission is to foster an online supportive community and to freely provide disability-related resources and tools that are relevant for health care professionals, students, family members, and friends.

The New Wave of Healthcare

Designed to help people wade through complexities in the U.S health care system, The New Wave of Healthcare is a podcast that explores the complexities of our health care system, how it got this way, where it’s going, and most importantly, how it affects you and your loved ones. In episode seven, the Washington Patient Safety Coalition addresses quality health for people with disabilities.

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