Positive Solutions

"Microsoft Word has allowed us to create a great letterhead, templates of all kinds, as well as tables and other educational materials to explain the Social Security Administration's work incentives. Our clients benefit through receiving not only verbal instruction but also visual, which makes learning much more accessible."

Spokesperson for Positive Solutions

Software Donation Powers Self-Sufficiency
for People with Disabilities

Positive Solutions empowers individuals to make educated choices, remove disability-related barriers, and enhance their lives through self-advocacy. Located in Washington state, it offers people with disabilities opportunities to voice their concerns and to get disability benefits and education. These tools enable self-sufficiency within the community.

Community work incentive coordinators are dedicated professionals who work with Positive Solutions to help people who have disabilities. In the past, each coordinator was spending time writing up benefit analyses for each person. Each benefit analysis could take up to two hours, which was time that could have been spent counseling. Coordinators went about writing these documents in entirely different ways because they didn't have the same tools.

Positive Solutions now uses Microsoft Office, which it received through a donation from TechSoup. Microsoft Word enables the organization to create templates for specific cases. Now instead of each coordinator creating a benefit analysis from scratch every time, he or she simply uses a template. This cuts down time and effort, and allows the analyses to be more clear and concise.