DisAbility Career Fair & Employer Forum


WHEN:   Thursday, June 9th, 11:45 AM to 4:30 PM

WHERE:   Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue, WA

CAREER FAIRDon’t miss this GREAT opportunity to engage fresh talent from colleges across the region. STUDENTS and ALUMNI from area colleges and universities have been invited to attend. (Bellevue College alone has 440 students with disabilities looking for opportunities.) In addition, skilled JOB SEEKERS are being referred by our community partners.

EMPLOYER LUNCH FORUMRegistered employers are invited to a networking lunch and admission to their choice of one of two educational workshops on hiring people with disabilities.


  • Career Fair Set Up  10:30 AM – 11:45 PM
  • Employer Lunch Summit  & Workshops  11:45 AM-12:45 PM
  • Career Fair   1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Companies attending:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • Alaska Copper
  • Astronics Advanced Electronics Systems
  • BECU
  • Cambia Health
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Department of Licensing
  • Expedia
  • Fairmont Olympic
  • Fred Meyer
  • Global Diving & Salvage
  • Group Health
  • HomeStreet Bank
  • Microsoft
  • Nordstrom
  • Northwest Center
  • Puget Sound Energy 
  • Qualis Health
  • Seattle Human Rights Commission
  • Skills, Inc
  • The Boeing Company 
  • University of Washington
  • UPS
  • USPS
  • UW Medicine/NW Hospital
  • Harborview Medical Center/UW Medical Center
  • Walgreens
  • WA State Department of Licensing
  • WA State Department of Revenue 

53 Million American Adults Living With Disabilities

Did you know that there are over 50 million adults in the United States who have a physical or mental disability? Many of these individuals were born with a disability, others have cognitive or physical limitations due to diseases like dementia or blindness, and nearly 4 million others are veterans whose impairment is the direct result of a service-related injury.

Here are just a few resources on some of the many channels of assistance out there for persons with disabilities, particularly for the elderly:

An Overview of the Fair Housing Act

Keeping Your Home through Debilitating Disease

National Council on Independent Living

Independent Living for Seniors

Senior-Friendly Remodeling

Malnutrition Among Seniors Living at Home

Home Hygiene for Illness-Prone Individuals: Best Practices to Prevent the Spread of Illness

Personal Hygiene for Cared-for People

How to Solve Hygiene Problem Common to People with Dementia

The Caregiver’s Guide to Helping Alzheimer’s Sufferers Grieve a Loss

Invite: Maximizing Effectiveness of Employee Resource Groups for Individuals with Disabilities


You are invited to a free summit on:
Maximizing Effectiveness of Employee Resource Groups for Individuals with Disabilities

  • When: Tuesday, September 8th
  • When: Program will promptly start – 1:30pm to 3:30pm
  • Where: NORDSTROM, 500 Pine Street, JWN Room, Seattle, WA
  • Please use the Employee Entrance on 6th Avenue.  Parking available on 6th Avenue at Pacific Place. JWN Conference Room located on 5th floor

If your organization has or is looking to start an employee resource group (ERG) for Individuals with disabilities, this session will help you learn:

  1. How your ERG might help your organization achieve its business goals
  2. How your ERG might help promote recruitment, retention and talent development for People with Disabilities
  3. Why an Executive Sponsor is important and how your group might leverage its sponsor

Kevin Daniel, Senior Director of Strategic Recruiting, The Lighthouse for the Blind

Featured Speakers:
Effenus Henderson, CEO, Henderworks
Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chair Disability ERG, Microsoft
Susan Ireland, Director 787 Development Business Operations, Boeing light snacks provided

Please RSVP by September 3rd at info@wsbln.org

UW Department of Communication announces 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees!

Congratulations to Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, a founding member of the WSBLN on her induction to the 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame! Please see Colleen’s Bio below.

Colleen Fukui-Sketchley (B.A., 1994) is the Corporate Center Diversity Affairs Director for Nordstrom, a company she has served for more than 20 years. Committed to giving back to her alma mater, she became the youngest person to be appointed President of the UW’s Alumni Association in 2011 and has been an incredible supporter of the UW’s Office of Minority Affairs. Outside of the UW, she serves on the boards of the Washington State Business Leadership Network, the Center for APA Women and the Governor’s Disability Employment Task Force.

Click here to read the full bios of all inductees. For more information, please contact Victoria Sprang at vsprang@uw.edu or 206724-3580.