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Advocates Press for Fair Wages in Olympia    
Click here to learn about proposed legislation to improve pay for thousands of workers providing support for people with developmental disabilities.   

 

Thank You Knights of Columbus of Deer Park!
The Arc of Spokane thanks the Knights of Columbus of Deer Park, Washington for their generous donation of more than $700!  The gift came from the Knights' annual Tootsie Roll sale and will be used to sustain programs supporting people with developmental disabilities in Spokane.  Founded in 1882, the Knights of Columbus is a fraternal benefit society with 1.8 million members in the United States and 16 countries world wide.  Thank you, Knights! 

 

State Legislatures Take Aim at Restraint, Seclusion in Schools
Click here to read this Education Week article exploring how many state legislatures are addressing the improper use of restraints and seclusion in public schools, an issue that disproportionately affects students with developmental disabilities.  To learn how Washington's state legislature is addressing this issue, contact the Spokane County Parent Coalition at (509) 328-6326.

  

Brown-Bag Lunch Helps Families Explore Transition   
Parents often wonder about the future for their son or daughter with a developmental disability after high school.  Join us for a brown bag discussion about this important life-change.  Any topic is welcome.  Not sure if you're ready for this change?  Watch The Greatest Transition for a glimpse of what the future could hold for your son or daughter with a developmental disability.
    WHEN:  Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
    WHERE:  The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave., Spokane

 

Upcoming Events

Teen Movie Night (Ages 16-21)
Friday, March 6
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. A fun way for teens to learn about healthy relationships and make new friends. Snacks provided. Sponsored by The Partnership for Safety, a program of The Arc of Spokane. For more information or to sign up your teen, contact Theresa Fears at (509) 789-8329 or tfears@arc-spokane.org 

A Night of Champions: Fundraising Dinner & Silent Auction to Benefit Boost Collaborative and its Services
Saturday, March 7
5:30 p.m. at SEL Event Center, 1825 Schweitzer Dr., Pullman.  James May, founder of the Father's Network speaks passionately about men sharing the common experience of being the best possible fathers for their children with special needs.  James' rich stories, humor and insights are sure to make this a memorable event.  Tickets are $60 and available for advance purchase only from Boost Collaborative by calling (509) 332-6561.  

Brown-Bag Lunch Helps Families Explore Transition
Thursday, March 12
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Learn more about this important time in your young adults life by exploring ways to develop an excellent Individual Education Plan (IEP), high school requirements, applying for benefits, guardianship and alternatives to guardianship and much more. Bring your own lunch and we will provide beverages and cookies. For more information contact Brian Holloway at (509) 328-6326 or bholloway@arc-spokane.org.

Fathers Network
Thursday, March 12
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. For fathers of children with developmental disabilities or special needs. Contact Brian Holloway at (509) 328-6326 or bholloway@arc-spokane.org for more information.

Moving from Middle School
Monday, March 16
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Bring your lunch and we'll provide drinks and a snack. Resources will be shared to help prepare for this move up. Contact Brian Holloway at (509) 328-6326 or bholloway@arc-spokane.org for more information.

Parents for Life 
Wednesday, March 18
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane.  For parents who have a child with a developmental disability who is age 18 or older. Contact Brian Holloway at (509) 328-6326 or bholloway@arc-spokane.org 
for more information.

Increasing Cmpetence in Working with People with Developmental Disabilities: Mental Health-Trauma and Suicide Prevention
Tuesday, March 24
4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute, Commons, 4000 W. Randolph Rd. Dr. Christen Kischel, Field Psychologist and the Spokane Developmental Disabilities Administration will present practical strategies for assessing for trauma, basic questions to ask a person when suicide is a concern, and much more. There is no fee for this training, buffet dinner included. Presented by: Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department. Call Linda at (509) 477-4377 for more information.

First Time Home Buyer's Class
Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave.  First time homebuyers can learn how to make the process of buying a home less stressful.  A two year certificate will be given to attendees.  Contact Theresa Griffith at (509) 328-6326 for more information.

Sensory-Friendly Movie: Home
Saturday, March 28
10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the AMC 20 Theater at Riverpark Square, 808 W. Main. Enjoy a movie with the lights up and the sound down. Tickets are $6 at the door. Sponsored by the Autism Society of Washington and AMC Theaters.

Spring 2015 Childhood Vaccination Clinics
Tuesday, March 31
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Audubon Elementary, 2020 W. Carlisle, Spokane.  This clinic is free and for children ages 2-18, in partnership with Spokane Public Schools, Group Health, Spokane Regional Health District, and Deer Park School District.

Spokane County Special Needs PTA
Thursday, April 2
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Global Credit Union, 1520 W. 3rd. Monthly meetings to talk with other parents and hear about issues relating to special education in our area. For more information contact Darci Ladwig at (509) 328-6326.

Teen Movie Night (Ages 16-21)
Friday, April 3
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. A fun way for teens to learn about healthy relationships and make new friends. Snacks provided. Sponsored by The Partnership for Safety, a program of The Arc of Spokane. For more information or to sign up your teen, contact Theresa Fears at (509) 789-8329 or tfears@arc-spokane.org

Brown-Bag Lunch Helps Families Explore Transition
Thursday, April 9
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Learn more about this important time in your young adults life by exploring ways to develop an excellent Individual Education Plan (IEP), high school requirements, applying for benefits, guardianship and alternatives to guardianship and much more. Bring your own lunch and we will provide beverages and cookies. For more information contact Brian Holloway at (509) 328-6326 or bholloway@arc-spokane.org.

Fathers Network
Thursday, April 9
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. For fathers of children with developmental disabilities or special needs. Contact Brian Holloway at (509) 328-6326 or bholloway@arc-spokane.org for more information.

Parents for Life 
Wednesday, April 15
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane.  For parents who have a child with a developmental disability who is age 18 or older. Contact Brian Holloway at (509) 328-6326 or bholloway@arc-spokane.org 
for more information.

Birth to Three Transition: Transition/Individualized Education Plan (IEP) 101
Thursday, April 16
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. This workshop will focus on what this transition will look like, what you can expect during it, what an IEP is, and ways to help you be an effective advocate for your child at an IEP meeting. Contact Jessy Smith at jsmith@arc-spokane.org or Darci Ladwig at dladwig@arc-spokane.org for more information.

2nd Annual Hear Me Run Spokane
Saturday, April 18
9:30 a.m. at Riverfront Park at Spokane Falls Blvd and Post Street. This 5k benefits Spokane HOPE School, the region's only preschool for deaf and hard of hearing children with cochlear implants or other hearing devices that focuses on helping them learn to listen and speak. To learn more and register visit www.hearmerunspokane.com.

Sensory-Friendly Movie: Underdogs
Saturday, April 18
10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the AMC 20 Theater at Riverpark Square, 808 W. Main. Enjoy a movie with the lights up and the sound down. Tickets are $6 at the door. Sponsored by the Autism Society of Washington and AMC Theaters.

First Time Home Buyer's Class
Wednesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 22
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave.  First time homebuyers can learn how to make the process of buying a home less stressful.  A two year certificate will be given to attendees.  Contact Theresa Griffith at (509) 328-6326 for more information.

Birth to Three Transition: Evaluation
Thursday, April 23
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. This workshop will focus on how your child may or may not qualify for special education, what options are available for your child if they do not qualify, and what a 504 is. Contact Jessy Smith at jsmith@arc-spokane.org or Darci Ladwig at dladwig@arc-spokane.org for more information.

Moving from Middle School
Wednesday, April 29
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Bring your lunch and we'll provide drinks and a snack. Resources will be shared to help prepare for this move up. Contact Brian Holloway at (509) 328-6326 for more information.

Birth to Three Transition: All About Me/Get Organized
Thursday, April 30
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Being an advocate for your child is easier when you are organized. This workshop will help you get organized, discuss what important documents you need to keep, and discuss some effective ways to organize those documents . Contact Jessy Smith at jsmith@arc-spokane.org or Darci Ladwig at dladwig@arc-spokane.org for more information.

Disabilities Resource Fair
Thursday, May 7
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Ag & Trade Center, 317 Astor Ave, Colville.  For more information contact Lorie at lsandaine@co.stevens.wa.us or (509) 685-0680.

Spring 2015 Childhood Vaccination Clinics
Thursday, May 7
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Audubon Elementary, 2020 W. Carlisle, Spokane.  This clinic is free and for children ages 2-18, in partnership with Spokane Public Schools, Group Health, Spokane Regional Health District, and Deer Park School District.

Brown-Bag Lunch Helps Families Explore Transition
Thursday, May 14
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Learn more about this important time in your young adults life by exploring ways to develop an excellent Individual Education Plan (IEP), high school requirements, applying for benefits, guardianship and alternatives to guardianship and much more. Bring your own lunch and we will provide beverages and cookies. For more information contact Brian Holloway at (509) 328-6326 or bholloway@arc-spokane.org.

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