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NEWS RELEASE: We’ve Expanded into Oregon!



Oregon Press Release

Washington Access Fund
 

For Immediate Release

 
 

Assistive Technology Loans
Now Available in Oregon

Do you know someone with a disability, living in Oregon, who could benefit from access to affordable assistive technology?

The Board of Directors for the Washington Access Fund announced that they expanded our successful Assistive Technology (AT) Loan Program to include people with disabilities and seniors (and their families) in Oregon. Oregon residents are now eligible for assistive technology loans up to $10,000.

Since 2004, Washington Access Fund has been helping provide access to affordable assistive technology to individuals with disabilities and their families in Washington State. Over the years, we helped our clients purchase wheelchairs, hearing aids, home modifications, vehicle modifications, computers, and more.

“We’re excited to offer Oregon residents the same access to affordable technology and a positive borrowing experience as the rest of our clients,” said Executive Director Jack Brummel. “We know there is a need for increased funding options and we look forward to working with our local partners to help provide them.”

Members of several nonprofit organizations supporting individuals with disabilities in Oregon are joining the Board of Directors of the Washington Access Fund. On January 25, 2016, the Board welcomed Joe Wykowski, Executive Director of Community Vision, Inc. in Portland and Susan McNaught, Ph.D., Board of Directors, Access Technologies, Inc. in Salem.

“This program is important and I’m happy to be a part of guiding and welcoming the Access Fund into Oregon,” said Susan.

Assistive Technology Loans can be used to purchase any technology that improves a person’s functioning and independence including wheelchairs, hearing aids, home and vehicle modifications, communication devices, medical equipment, computers, etc. Loans have a 5% fixed interest rate and no fees. Loan terms may extend to five years. The maximum loan size is $10,000.

Each loan is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must be able to pay back the loan, and all forms of income will be considered. Eligibility is not determined solely by income or credit history.

Applications are accepted online at http://www.nwaccessfund.org. For more information or to request a loan application to be mailed to you, please contact 1-877-428-5116 or info@washingtonaccessfund.org.

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About the Washington Access Fund

The Washington Access Fund uses asset-building tools like low-interest loans and IDA matched savings accounts to promote access to technology and economic opportunity for individuals with disabilities in Washington and Oregon. Washington Access Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

Our Microcredit loans and Individual Development Accounts (IDA) matched savings programs can be used to purchase any type of assistive technology (i.e. hearing aids, ramps, wheelchairs, computers, etc.) and some small business equipment needs.

Media Contact:
Andrea Travis
Development & Communications Director
Washington Access Fund
100 S. King St, Suite 280
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 328-5116
Website: www.washingtonaccessfund.org
Email: atravis@washingtonaccessfund.org


Access Fund LogoOur mission is to promote access to technology and economic opportunity for individuals with disabilities in Washington and 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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AT Loans Now Available in Oregon

Washington Access Fund is excited to announce that we’ve expanded our low-interest Assistive Technology Loan Program. Now, residents of Washington and Oregon State are eligible to apply!

What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology is described as any device that helps to improve the functioning of a person with a disability or age-related limitations.

    Examples include:

  • Hearing Aids
  • Wheelchairs
  • Low Vision Aids
  • Home Modification
  • Vehicle Modifications
  • Computers, Tablets and Smartphones
  • Sports and Recreational Equipment

What are the loan terms?
The interest rate is 5.0% fixed interest rate with no fees. Loan terms range from 1 to 5 years with a maximum loan size of $10,000 to Oregon residents.

Who is eligible to apply?
Washington and Oregon residents of all ages with disabilities of all types including seniors with age-related functional limitations. Family members are also eligible.

Are there income restrictions?
No income restrictions, but applicants must be able to pay back the loan. We consider all sources of income including disability payments. Lack of credit history is not a disqualifier. Each loan is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

How do I apply?
Apply online today at http://washingtonaccessfund.or

Or for more information, please contact us at 1-877-428-5116 or info@washingtonaccessfund.org.

AT Loans in Oregon (printable Flyer)

VIDEO: Opening Doors of Opportunity

Recently debuted at our 2015 Awards Dinner & Benefit, this short video highlights three clients’ unique experiences working with Washington Access Fund. Through their participation in our low-interest loan and IDA matched savings programs, these individuals have been able to access financial empowerment training and purchase the assistive technology they need to live more active and independent lives.

Thanks for your Support in 2015

2015 Washington Access Fund Awards Dinner November 12, 2015 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The 2015 Washington Access Fund’s Awards Dinner & Benefit was held November 12th at Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle. Thank you to the 170 guests who attended and helped us raise nearly $67,000 to support access to technology and economic opportunity for people with disabilities in Washington State. Thank you also to our generous 2015 sponsors!

We had a great evening celebrating the 2015 Award winners and enjoyed hearing from all of the evening’s presenters including Senator Cyrus Habib, Master of Ceremonies Barry Long and WAF client Jonathan Porter.

Thank you again and we hope you can all join us again next year!

Announcing the 2015 Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2015 award winners. The awards were given to businesses, organizations and individuals who have made noteworthy efforts to include, serve, and help people with disabilities across the state.

Awardees

Small Business Best Practices Award: Lincoln Pharmacy

Lincoln Pharmacy is recognized for their complimentary delivery of prescriptions, medical equipment, and other medical supplies to Tacoma residents including seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Large Business Best Practices Award: Microsoft’s Disability Answer Desk

Microsoft’s Disability Answer Desk provides product and accessibility support to people with disabilities. Recently they expanded their services, now offering American Sign Language (ASL) technical support for deaf customers whose preferred method of communication is ASL.

Innovation Award: Ivan Owen’’s co-creation of Low-cost 3D Printed Prosthetics

Ivan Owen, University of Washington, Bothell, is a self-proclaimed artist and designer. Ivan is being honored for his co-creation of the first low-cost 3D printed prosthetics. This very pioneering project was also made open source so the designs could have greater community impact.

Frances Pennell Economic Opportunity Award: Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.

Kirk Adams, President and CEO at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., has successfully led aggressive efforts to increase employment and advancement opportunities for individuals who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities in Washington and across the nation.

Recreational Engagement Award: Skihawks Racing Team

Skihawks Racing Team provides training and racing opportunities for developmentally challenged athletes in alpine, Nordic, and snowboarding winter sports. In addition to gaining self-esteem by competing in Washington Special Olympics, team members benefit from the comradery of team sports and learning good sportsmanship.

Ron Adams Outstanding Client Award: Scott Palm

Scott Palm, a WAF client since 2004, first took out a loan to found Palmtree Enterprises as a mentoring service. More recently Scott has been traveling around the state presenting Disability Awareness” How to Work Together, a program which trains caregivers from a client’s perspective.