Megan has been hard-of-hearing her entire life and “doesn’t know what it’s like to not wear hearing aids.” Before coming to Washington for a job, she lived in a state “that didn’t have services at all,” so by the time she moved, her hearing aids were 15 years old and no longer worked. As aREAD MORE >
Retired as of a few years ago, Steve Hooper says his role is to support his wife and daughter. His 38-year-old daughter, Megan, uses a wheelchair, and his wife, Kathy, is “a master at finding services, programs, and funding. . . If it’s out there, Kathy usually knows about it.” But the Northwest Access FundREAD MORE >
A Van of Her Own “I thought it would be near impossible in this lifetime to have a van like this,” Chelsea says of her wheelchair accessible 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. “I never thought I could afford it on my own, being on a fixed income.” Now that she has the van, Chelsea says, “I justREAD MORE >
More adventures ahead! “Not having the use of my legs and only my arms to get around with – it was very challenging for me to go out into the community,” says Linda, “having to use my shoulders with every step I have to take. Having the new electric wheelchair, it’s not challenging anymore –READ MORE >
“I didn’t think I’d ever be 29 and driving a family van,” says Dayana, “but it’s given me freedom. Now I have quick and easy access to get to work, go to doctor’s appointments, shopping, or the grocery store.” Born in El Salvador and raised in California, Dayana had no symptoms when she was firstREAD MORE >
With a loan from Northwest Access Fund, Alexandria was able to purchase a BrailleNote Touch which she uses to access the internet.
With a loan from Northwest Access Fund, Daphne was able to purchase a modified van.
Barry Dotson relies on two things to get around: Portland’s MAX line and a scooter. So when his scooter became unreliable, he knew he needed to replace it. Having previously received a loan from Northwest Access Fund, he applied and was approved for a second loan. Barry’s new scooter is much more dependable, makingREAD MORE >