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Laura Hitchcock: Education of students with disabilities should not depend upon ZIP code

Washington needs a meaningful solution with a robust state investment that provides students with disabilities the resources they need to access their basic education, regardless of where they attend school.


Dawn Sidell: We can choose to prevent isolation and abuse of children with disabilities

On December 18th, The Spokesman-Review reported on a young woman severely affected by autism and enrolled in Shadle High School’s ABLE (Autism Behavior Learning Environment) program, and her father’s efforts …


Lawsuit: Safeco Field discriminates against wheelchair users

Wheelchair users attending Seattle Mariners baseball games at Safeco Field get a “second-class” experience, a nonprofit disability-rights law firm says, and has filed a discrimination lawsuit.


Microsoft’s new Xbox controller courts gamers with disabilities

Players with disabilities, who use gaming as a form of entertainment but also as a way to interact and connect with others, have been cobbling together options for nontraditional controls …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017, 9:48 a.m.

Montana dentists fear cuts’ effect on vulnerable patients

Montana dentists say they fear state budget cuts for adult dental care will hurt people with disabilities and elderly people most.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 12:03 p.m.

Workers with disabilities showcase Salem nonprofit’s success

The Salem-based nonprofit integrates people with disabilities into the community, including finding and helping them keep jobs.


Audit: Oregon fails to protect residents from potential harm

An audit says a state-funded program that aims to help elderly low-income people and those with disabilities get care to stay in their homes has failed to fully protect them …


Medicaid crucial in lives of adopted kids with disabilities

After raising five biological children, the Betzers started serving as foster parents. (They fostered 43 children in all, according to a national award citation.) Eventually, they decided to adopt one …


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 9:58 p.m.

Report: Lakeland Village among institutions criticized for ‘track record’ of neglect, abuse of disabled

Disabled people living in four Washington-state run communities have choked to death, been sexually assaulted, denied basic treatment and given the wrong medication, according to a report released Wednesday by …


Seattle agrees to build 22,500 curb ramps to settle lawsuit

The city of Seattle has agreed to install or fix 22,500 curb ramps throughout the next 18 years as part of a preliminary agreement to settle a federal lawsuit filed …


Idaho investigating abuse allegations at state-run home for disabled

Idaho’s welfare agency is investigating allegations that staffers physically and psychologically abused and neglected some residents at a state-run treatment center for people with severe disabilities.


Sigrah: Adaptive ball field gets more kids into the game

This ability field, the first of its kind in the Spokane area, is designed to be a “literal game changer” for athletes with disabilities.


If you thought getting around in the snow was tough in your car, try using a wheelchair on ramps that aren’t shoveled

During the winter, Ed Kennedy has learned to call ahead before he goes anywhere. Kennedy, an advocate at the Center for Independent Living, uses a manual wheelchair to get around. …


Laura Renz: Imposter service animals make life harder for those of us who truly need them

On May 8, 2012, my life changed forever. I had just left my first day at a new job as general manager at a very large optical retailer. I was …


Lawsuit: State does too little for developmentally disabled

SEATTLE – JoHanna Pratt, a 32-year-old, developmentally disabled woman, said she’d like to be able to take walks by herself, to visit friends and to participate in Special Olympics softball …


Self-driving cars seen as a boon for people with disabilities

As self-driving cars move toward becoming a reality for the general public, many blind or aging people and those with disabilities see a new opportunity for mobility approaching.


Post Falls boy, 11, wins international competition with ‘Ability App’

An 11-year-old boy from Post Falls won first place in an international competition with his invention of Ability App, which gives people with disabilities information about accessibility.


Merry Glen a unique option in long-term care

Merry Glen, a nonprofit family cooperative, is a unique option in long-term care for people with disabilities.


PSAs suggest taking civility tips from the undead

The tactless, self-centered zombie, ever an easy target, is the perfect antagonist in a series of new TV spots about the best ways to interact with people with disabilities. Four …


State audit finds developmental disabilities program underfunded

OLYMPIA – More than 15,000 people who qualify for a program to aid the disabled are on a waiting list and receive no services because there’s not enough money, a …


US sues Fla. over disabled kids in nursing homes

MIAMI — The U.S. Justice Department is suing Florida, accusing the state of unnecessarily keeping children with disabilities in nursing homes.


Water power

Using a freestyle stroke to cut through the water, Kim Sutton draws praise from her poolside coach, Jaime Hopoi. Sutton, 18, crosses the pool in a straight line, rather than …


Inslee order aims to spur hiring of people with disabilities

Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed an executive order to help promote hiring of people with disabilities within state government and the private sector, according to a release. Currently, only 36 …


Guilds’ School penny drive moving full-speed ahead

A local organization that helps young children with disabilities adapt to school life now has to adapt its own fundraising practices to comply with Spokane’s new panhandling laws. The Spokane …


College students buttress work with Lakeland clients

About 40 college students volunteer at Lakeland Village in Medical Lake through a program called College In-Resident Volunteers. The program allows students to volunteer in exchange for housing on Lakeland’s …


New STA center educates riders about paratransit services

Transit riders with disabilities have a new place to go for help getting around Spokane. The Spokane Transit Authority has opened a mobility center at the Plaza, 701 W. Riverside …


Coeur d’Alene program coaches workers with disabilities

When Christopher Griffin fills out job applications, he knows his work history stands out for the wrong reason. He hasn’t held a job since 2005, well before the recession. The …


L’Arche residents ride through life together

Jennifer Bermingham blossoms when she gets on a bicycle. The developmentally disabled 39-year-old hadn’t ridden one for years because of physical limitations but was able to enjoy riding once again …


Couple prevail in push for courthouse chairlift

The Ferry County courthouse is accessible to people with disabilities thanks to the tenacity of a St. Maries couple. Les and Mary Burton’s complaint last August to the Washington State …


‘Inclusion ministries’ has become her calling

Lynn Swedberg has applied her 32 years of experience as an occupational therapist to make her Spokane church, Manito United Methodist Church, more inclusive. Now she’s moving beyond that by …