In this issue: New Look, Nominations, Dream Contest, Client Spotlight, AT Exchange, BECU Award and August Resources.

Washington Access Fund

Access Fund News

August 2014

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New Look!

WAF LogoYou may have noticed that we have a new look! It�s not just the newsletter�our website is all brand new too. Be sure to check out our new site if you haven�t already: We would love to hear your feedback, so don�t be shy and send an email our way with your thoughts and feedback.

A big thanks to Patrick of Patrick Clark Design who built and designed our new site for us!

We Are Seeking Nominations!

Gold starsDo you know of a local business, organization or individual who has gone above and beyond to help people with disabilities? Don't be shy-- speak up! We are seeking nominations for an Awards Program to recognize businesses, organizations and individuals who have made a positive impact on people with disabilities in Washington State.

We will present awards to businesses, organizations and individuals who have made noteworthy efforts to include, serve, and help people with disabilities across the state. The application form (PDF or Word Doc) and all of the details including award category descriptions can be found on our website.

Awards will be presented at the Washington Access Fund 10 Year Anniversary Celebration & Benefit at Town Hall Seattle with featured guest speaker John Hockenberry, host of Public Radio International�s The Takeaway. Click here to learn more about the Washington Access Fund Awards Program.

National Disability Institute: American Dream Contest

Image of Last Years Winning videoShare your American dream in National Disability Institute's 4th Annual My American Dream � Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest. Do you want to land your dream job? Own a home? Go to college? Start your own business? Share your goals and show America that people with disabilities want what everyone wants � a chance to live their American dreams. Be part of the conversation. Be part of the solution. Be part of advancing the economic empowerment and financial capability of people with disabilities.

Create and submit a three-minute video�(no longer, please!) �by Sept. 9, 2014�that tells your story and shows the steps you plan to take or the steps you are taking toward�your�American Dream. Be serious. Be funny. Be creative. How you share your story is up to you. Take a look at�previous finalists. Some videos are simple. Some are fancy. It’s the story that matters.

�Click here for more information on how to enter.

Client Spotlight: Tim Carter featured in Apostrophe Magazine

Photographer Tim Carter produces high-dynamic photographs using his digital SLR camera and Photoshop.Meet Tim Carter. He�s a high-dynamic range (HDR) photographer and he transforms photos using Photoshop.

You�re probably wondering what HDR photography is. Tim gave us a brief description:

�I enhance photographs with Photoshop to look like paintings. Most of my artwork consists of multiple images layered on top of each other, which are called high-dynamic range.�

Click here to read the entire article about Tim Carter: Photoshop Genius in Apostrophe Magazine.

Photograph of train in landscape

Interested in viewing Tim Carter's photography? His work will be on display at the BIAWA Art Show in September.

Assistive Technology Exchange

Used Assistive Technology for Sale: A current Access Fund client would like to sell the following items. Please contact Jackie via email or phone (1-877-428-5116) if you're interested.

SmartView Versa Handheld Electronic Magnifier

  • Smartview Versa Handheld Electronic Magnifier (Stock Photo)Easy to use electronic handheld magnifier
  • Magnify images up to 15X
  • Large, simple to use buttons, large color LCD display
  • Autofocus for optimal viewing distance
  • Writing stand or flip out the handle for optimal viewing

Original Price: $595.00 FOR SALE- $325.00

i.d. mate Quest

i.d. Mate Quest (Stock Photo)i.d. mate Quest is a portable �all-in-one� talking bar code scanner that aids visually or print impaired individuals with the identification of items via the product�s bar code or UPC. Using text-to-speech and digital voice recording technologies, it allows users to access an on-board database of product descriptions, along with a tailored set of recorded voice messages.

Original Price: $1,299.00 FOR SALE- $650.00

Acrobat HD 27 inch CCTV with Rolling Case

Acrobat HD (stock photo)From Enhanced Vision- a Flexible High Definition Magnifier Offering Independence for the Visually Impaired: The standard definition Acrobat has a 480i camera, similar to many CCTVs on the market, but the Acrobat HD ups the ante to a crisp and cool HD 720p, giving consumers a beautiful display. With images this sharp and vibrant, blurry letters and light glare are not a problem, even at high magnification levels. True color representation and better text readability offer the user a more enjoyable reading experience.

Paid $1800.00 FOR SALE- $1000.00

Braille and Speak

Braille and Speak (stock photo)The Braille and Speak is a 1993 model: Model TNS-1 Serial # 9200607. It was upgraded a couple of years ago.�It comes with a Disc Accessory but does lack a cable which can be bought at Blazie Engineering in Forest Hill, Md. �

Original Price: $2500.00 FOR SALE � $200.00

Jitterbug Phone (stock photo)Jitterbug Phone

Jitterbug phones are cellular phones designed with enhanced features to increase accessibility for seniors and others.

Original Price: $85.00 FOR SALE � $50.00 �

Emerson Talking Caller IDFree to a good home: Emerson Talking Caller ID

See and hear who is calling with this Emerson HAR553800F007 talking caller ID, which announces caller information and also displays the name and number on the large, backlit display. The lighted LED visual ringer indicator helps prevent missed calls. Click here to learn more about the Emerson Talking Caller ID features. If you could use this device please send us an email explaining how you plan to use it and how it will help you.

Are you looking to buy or sell used Assistive Technology? Be sure to check out the Evergreen AT Exchange to see if they have what you're looking for.

We Are A BECU People Helping People Award Recipient!

Jack Brummel & Alan Knue accepting $5,000 check from BECU

Thank you to BECU for selecting us as one of the People Helping People Award Recipients this year. The BECU People Helping People Awards were formed to recognize and honor BECU members and the non-profit organizations that they support.

We received $5,000 in award money which will be put to use funding our IDA Program. The IDA Program encourages savings and growing assetts by providing matched savings accounts to people with disabilities. PHPA 2014 RecipientWe match 1 to 1 for every dollar saved until the savings goal has been met. Click here to read about one of our IDA clients.

Also, a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to vote for us last month. We really appreciate your support!

August Resources

Magnifying glass looking up a resource in a bookAugust 16Partners in Parkinson's heads to the Seattle area in collaboration with us, the Local Presenting Partner, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation, to provide a full day of educational seminars and panel discussions. Speakers at the event include Mark Frasiser, PhD, Vice President of Research Programs at The Michael J. Fox Foundation, and Dave Iverson, veteran journalist and patient living with Parkinson's.

The event is free. Online registration for this Partners in Parkinson’s event is now closed, but they still have room for individuals to join and invite you to register in person at the event starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 16th at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.�Click here for more information about Partners in Parkinson's.

August 19th Assistive Technology: Revolutionizing the workplace for people with disabilities Join teachers, students, parents, counselors, business, tech experts and employment experts! Learn how technology is opening a world of possibilities for job seekers with disabilities. A FREE WORKSHOP featuring Speakers: Raymona Baldwin from Alliance of People with disAbilities and Hillary Rossi from AtWork!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7 pm: Bellevue Regional Library Room A 1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA. Please RSVP by August 15 to:

September 3-6 2014 Disability Rights Washington Annual Rights Conference: Planned workshops include:

The Unique Role of Peer Support/Trauma-Informed Peer Support
Challenging Use of Force by Law Enforcement
Advocating for Inmates with Mental Illness--The Role of the P&A
Legal Strategies to End Solitary Confinement
Promoting and Developing Crisis Alternatives
The Role of Litigation in a Strategic Approach to Mental Health System Change
Mental Health Oppression & American Indian Youth
Outpatient Commitment Litigation (in addition to the keynote on �The Twilight of Liberty: Psychiatric Outpatient Supervision & Control and Diminished Spheres of Personal Autonomy--an Expanding Front in the War for Personal Liberty�)
and more.

To take place at The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel SeaTac Airport. Check NARPA�s website at for conference updates and registration form.

September 17, 2014 (Granger, WA) or September 23, 2014 (Seattle, WA) 2014 Latina Health Symposia "Improving the Health & Well-Being of Latinas: Tools for Public Health & Social Service Providers. This training will provide participants with information and tools to use in working with Hispanic/Latina women around health issues, including:

  • An overview of standards for culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS)
  • Updates on health insurance access through the Washington Healthplan Finder
  • Information on the human papilloma virus (HPV) and cervical cancer
  • Resources for promoting heart attack awareness and heart healthy behaviors.

Who should attend: Public health professionals, Social service professionals, Lay health workers (promotores), community health workers, outreach workers, and community health educators.

While the event is free, registration is required! Registration deadline is�September 5, 2014. Register online at:� Questions? Contact�Ren�e Bouvion�or�Jes�s Reyna.

This event is brought to you by HHS Office on Women's Health and Office on Minority Health (Region X),�Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center,�Hope Heart Institute,�Molina Healthcare�and the�Governor's Interagency Council on Health Disparities.

September 27thWings for Autism �, one of The Arc�s national initiatives, is an airport �rehearsal� specially designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families and aviation professionals. The Arc of King County, in collaboration with The Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines and Transportation Security Administration (TSA), will be hosting it's second Wings for Autism � at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on September 27th, 2014. Click here for more information about Wings for Autism.

Access Fund LogoOur mission is to promote access to technology and economic opportunity for individuals with disabilities in Washington State. The Washington Access Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

Washington Access Fund provides: Assistive Technology Loans, Business Equipment Loans, CCTV Rentals, and Matched Savings IDAs

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