I really love my job, but I’ve started to consider other employment given the high costs in King County.

“I am one of two people in Washington State who do the critical work that allows people with disabilities to work and to maximize their potential for employment. As an Assistive Tech Specialist for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, I help people with disabilities figure out what technology they need to go to work, such as special wheelchairs, special software for people who are blind or have dyslexia, or hand controls for vehicles. I really love my job, but I’ve started to consider other employment given the high costs in King County. People with my qualifications in private industry make far more for less varied and complex work than I do. Every single day I work to educate and advocate that people with disabilities understand and obtain the special technology they need to attend college, to overcome their limitations, to become employed, or to start their own businesses.”

– Bill Youngman, Assistive Technology Specialist, DSHS Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


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