2016 Ms. Wheelchair Washington

2016 Ms. Wheelchair Washington
Nicole Martini

May 6 - Jannette attends Donor Appreciation Event for TACID (Tacoma Area Coalition for Individual with Disabilities)

Last year the non-profit TACID invited last year's Ms. Wheelchair Washington to an event, but she was unable to make it, so Sigrid Laegreid, Ms. Wheelchair WA 2007, took her place to help out a wonderful organization in Tacoma, WA. This year they have asked Jannette, our 2009 Ms. Wheelchair Washington to be involved with their organization at events trhoughout the year.

Jannette, will be attending the TACID donor appreciation evening, themed "Woven Lives"- Here is more information about the event: http://www.tacid.org/WovenLives.php

Here is some history on TACID:

TACID was formed in 1980 of four disability organizations representing the Deaf, blind, multiple sclerosis and physical disabilities. Two of these organizations are still active and involved. TACID incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation by the end of 1980. The TACID Center was built under Referendum 37. Through this initiative the voters of Washington approved $25 million in general state obligation bonds for facilities to train, rehabilitate and care for handicapped persons. In TACID's case the Referendum agreement enabled a new, fully accessible community center to be built at a cost of $1 million on the grounds of Tacoma Community College, South 19th Street, Tacoma. This fully accessible facility opened in 1984. Over the years since then the range of support groups, disability programs and other activities has grown.

TACID Today:
2009 is TACID's 29th year and the Center is 25 years old!

Over 50 disability support groups and 3,000 individuals met at the TACID Center during 2005 and we served over 4,000 different people through the center and other programs. There are 20 members of staff (full and part-time), an active board and over 151 regular volunteers.