Support Us
"> July Access Fund News | Northwest Access Fund

July Access Fund News

In this issue: Semi-Finalist, New App, Tech Study, AT Radio, AmazonSmile and July Resources.

Washington Access Fund

Access Fund News

July 2014

Do you have a story to share? Is there something you would like to learn about? Send your ideas to! We’ll include them in our newsletter and/or on Facebook.

We Are a Semi-Finalist!

BECU People Helping People Award Semi-Finalist

Your vote can help us win! We have been selected as a semi-finalist in the BECU People Helping People Awards. The awards are meant to honor nonprofits in the Puget Sound region. Learn more about the awards here:

Help us win! Vote for the Washington Access Fund – it only takes 30 seconds! Voting takes place on Facebook, but you do not have to have a Facebook account to vote. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select the Washington Access Fund in the drop down box. Voting ends Friday July 18th at 11:59pm.

New App for Audio and Braille Books

BARD Mobile App for iOS

Do you use an iOS device to read books?

The BARD Mobile app for iOS devices is now an exciting part of the services provided by the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBLL) and NLS (National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped). WTBBL is part of a pilot program to add books produced at its library to BARD where they can be found, downloaded, and enjoyed with all the other NLS books. Once the pilot program is completed, they will begin adding all WTBBL-produced books to BARD.

Over 300 patrons have signed up to use the app since its introduction last September. One BARD users said, “It is a joy for me as an avid book reader to have the ability to read audiobooks or braille books digitally via my iPhone. I can hardly believe that today I am able to carry around countless numbers of digitally prepared books in my pocket on my iPhone. It truly is a miracle!”

If you would like more information on getting and using the BARD app, please contact the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library. Assistance in the app is available to all patrons by phone or email, or in person at the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library.

Don’t have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch? You can use a Washington Access Fund loan to buy one. Apply online or call the office at 206-328-5116 to make an appointment to complete the application via telephone. (Washington Council of the Blind members can apply for a WCB Zero Interest Loan.)


Tech Adoption Study Shows Differences for People with Disabilities

laptop computerThe Seattle Technology Access and Adoption study revealed some important details about use of technology by people with disabilities. Here are a few of those findings:

  • Among computer users, those with a disability are less likely to own a laptop or a netbook (63 percent vs. 80 percent).
  • They are also less likely to have a smartphone (50 percent vs. 64 percent)
  • People with and without disabilities are equally interested in super high speed Internet access applications, but disabled residents were more interested in medical appointments (82 percent vs. 62 percent).
  • Disabled residents were less confident that financial transactions over the Internet are secure and private.

See more of the studies findings at:


Assistive Technology Radio & Podcast

INDATA Assistive Technology RadioINDATA has an internet radio station. broadcasts 24/7 and includes a wide variety of AT programs. Programs include INDATA’s two podcasts as well as various AT training sessions. To view and listen to the growing list of episodes, visit: INDATA will include audio content from other AT projects.

To submit radio content or to learn more about INDATA’s AT radio and podcasts contact Wade Wingler at

AmazonSmile: Shop For a Cause

AmazonSmile: You Shop. Amazon Gives. Supporting the Washington Acces Fund is easy with AmazonSmile. In a few quick clicks, your Amazon shopping will benefit us at no cost to you! Here’s how:

  1. Follow this link to AmazonSmile.
  2. Select Washington Access Fund as your charity.
  3. Shop as you normally would but look for "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation." in the product description.
  4. Complete your order and click "Share" to tell your friends on social media that you just used AmazonSmile to support the Washington Access Fund.

July Resources

Magnifying glass looking up a resource in a bookJuly 19th: Special Needs Trusts and Estate Planning – workshop with guest speaker Denise Redinger, Attorney at Law, Redinger Law Offices PLLC. Learn about the different types of special needs trusts available, why a special needs trust may be important to your loved one, and how to effectively manage a special needs trust. 9:30am – 12:00pm, FREE. To register go to, or contact Cathy Lacefield at 206-829-7047 or

July 19th: 11th Annual Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) WA Family Picnic – Bring your family and friends and meet some new faces along with old
friends. The park features looped walking paths, children’s play area,
picnic shelters and fishing dock. Adjacent to our covered eating area are
restrooms, two tennis courts, a basketball court, a sand volleyball court,
and an expanded parking lot. 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM ~ Eat at Noon-1:00 pm
Lake Boren Park, Newcastle, WA
Please click here to see the flyer.

July 26th – 27th: 2-Day Try-Out Camp For Seattle Wheelchair Sonics Championship Division – YAY!! The Northwest will have a National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) Championship Division team coming this Fall 2014. Plan to attend this camp to see if your skills are ready for this fast paced game. By invitation only. Email Head Coach Christian Burkett by July 21st for your invitation. Click here for more information about the NWBA Championship Division team.

August 10th: Try it Free Sled Hockey – Come out and try the sport of Sled Hockey with Sno-King Hockey and Seattle Adaptive Sports. Get on the ice and see what it is like. Sled Hockey is a great sport for disabled and non-disabled youth and adults. Bring your friends and family. More information available about the team on Seattle Adaptive Sport’s Sled Hockey program page. Follow this link to register for the Sled Hockey Clinic.

August 16th: Partners in Parkinson’s – Join Michael J. Fox Foundation, Abbvie and Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation as Partners in Parkinson’s provides a full day of educational seminars and panel discussions. The Seattle Area Partners in Parkinson’s event features the collaboration of Local Presenting Partner, Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation. Click here for more information about Partners in Parkinson’s.

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

Join the Access Fund email list. Facebook Logo

Find us on Facebook.


Forward email

This email was sent to by |  

Washington Access Fund | 100 South King Street | Ste. 280 | Seattle | WA | 98116