DSHS to refund improper client participation
The state has identified a number of clients of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) who were improperly charged client participation fees for personal care and must be refunded.  Click here to download a PDF from DSHS explaining the ruling.  Or click here to read this bulletin from the Informing Families website,


The Shriver Report: 10 Things You Need to Know about Intellectual Disability in America
Click here to read it.    


Take this bus survey!
City bus fare could increase to $2 per ride in 2017!  This survey is your opportunity to tell STA how this increase will affect you.  Click here to take it now!    


Upcoming Events

First Time Homebuyer's Class
Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. A two year certificate will be given to attendees. Contact Theresa Griffith at (509) 328-6326 for more information.

Fathers Network
Thursday, June 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 for more information.

Movie Night (Ages 16-21)
Friday, June 10
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 4 Safety, a program of The Arc of Spokane. Contact Theresa Fears at (509) 328-6326 for more information.

Parents for Life
Wednesday, June 15
11:30 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 for more information.

Community of Practice Workshop
Wednesday, June 22
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Ed Holen, the executive director of the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council will be facilitating this one day workshop exploring Washington's efforts to adopt a Community of Practice approach to supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ed will share information about this effort and practical ways to practice it, emphasizing person-centered planning applications. This is a free workshop with lunch provided. To RSVP contact Brian Holloway at or (509) 328-6326.

Valu Summer Summit: Celebrating Advocacy
Thursday, June 23
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Gonzaga University Law School, Barbieri Courtroom, 721 N. Cincinnati, Spokane. Keynote speaker Bob Blancato will explore Celebrating Advocacy Anniversaries and Why We Care So Much: Social Security, Medicare, the ADA and more! The cost is $35.  Register online at

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