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Tell us about your family's needs
The Spokane County Parent Coalition wants to know how we can meet the needs of families supporting a person with a developmental disability in Spokane.  If you are a parent, sibling, grandparent or other family member caring for a person with a developmental disability, click here to take this brief survey.  Your input helps us improve our programs.  Thank you!    

 

Hurt lingers 10 years after Zehm's death
I remember Otto Zehm.  Working downtown, I would see him from time to time walking, loping really – he walked fast and bounced from step to step – but I never so much as said hello. I did not know he was a musician, or that he had mental illness, that he sometimes heard things the rest of us didn’t . . .  (Click here to read this special editorial by Jeffry Finer of the Center for Justice in the Spokesman-Review, Sunday, March 20, 2016.

 
Spokane Transit Authority seeking input on proposed fare increases
Did you know that STA wants to increase bus fares by 25% in 2017?  If this increase will hurt you or your loved one with a developmental disability, join us on Wednesday, May 4 for a meeting with STA officials.  Be prepared to describe how this fare increase will impact your ability to access community services.  If you need help expressing your concerns, we can help.  Please RSVP to Brian Holloway at bholloway@arc-spokane or (509) 328-6326.
 

The road to DD services step one: DDA eligibility
There are four steps to receiving services from the Developmental Disabilities Administration . . .  (Click here to learn more about applying for services from DDA in this bulletin from the Informing Families website, www.informingfamilies.org).

      

Upcoming Events

First Time Homebuyer's Class
Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 13
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Windermere, 2829 S. Grand Blvd, Spokane. A two year certificate will be given to attendees. Contact Theresa Griffith at (509) 328-6326 for more information.

Life After High School Brown Bag
Wednesday, April 13
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Life After High School Brown Bag lunches give parents with a child in special education a chance to explore the challenging transition from school to adult life. Bring a lunch and your questions. To RSVP contact Brian Holloway at (509) 328-6326 or bholloway@arc-spokane.org.

Fathers Network
Thursday, April 14
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.

Steps for Autism 5K Walk
Saturday, April 16
Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Mirabeau Park Picnic Shelter. Entry fee $20 with a t-shirt, family discounts available. For more information or to register visit www.nwautism.org or contact Kendra Korling at Northwest Autism, 528 E. Spokane Falls Blvd, Ste 14, Spokane. All proceeds from the walk will benefit the ISAAC Foundation and the Northwest Autism Center.

People First of WA Rock N'Bowl
Saturday, April 16
12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at North Bowl, 234 W. Sinto Ave. Bowl as an individual or as a team. Start planning your fun now. The cost is $12 and includes three games and shoes. For more information visit www.peoplefirstofwashington.org.

First Time Homebuyer's Class
Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 21
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Guild Mortgage, 12209 E. Mission Ave, Spokane. A two year certificate will be given to attendees. Contact Theresa Griffith at (509) 328-6326 for more information.

Parents for Life
Wednesday, April 20
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
 bholloway@arc-spokane.org for more information.

Birth to 3 Transition: Transition/Individualized Education Plan (IEP) 101
Thursday, April 21
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Learn what transition is, what you can expect during transition, what an IEP is, as well as learn how to be an effective advocate for your child at an IEP meeting. For more information contact Brian Holloway at bholloway@arc-spokane.org.

Courageous Kids Climbing Event
Saturday, April 23
By appointment at Wild Walls, 202 W. 2nd Ave, Spokane. This free event is to help children with learning or physical disabilities learn how to climb an indoor rock wall. Participation will be limited to 15 school-age children. Parents should email JeffRiechmann@cs.com to reserve a spot for their child.

11th Annual All Born (In) Cross - Disability Best Practices Inclusive Education Conference
Saturday, April 23
Holiday Inn Portland Airport. Keith Jones and Dr. Richard A. Villa will be the keynote speakers. Keith is an artist, musician, and father who experiences disability and addresses the intersection of race and disability. Dr. Villa has worked with thousands of teachers and administrators throughout North America and the world to develop and implement organizational and instructional support systems for educating all students within general education settings. This event is sponsored by the Northwest Down Syndrome Association. For more information visit www.nwdsa.org.

Making Welcome
Monday, April 25
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 1206-1212 N. Howard St, Spokane. Learn what the best customer service experiences feel like for people with different disabilities and ages, and how to pass this knowledge on to others. No charge. Contact Dave Reynolds at (509) 328-6326 or dreynolds@arc-spokane.org. Hosted by Access 4 All Spokane.

Birth to 3 Transition: Evaluations
Thursday, April 28
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. How does my child qualify for special education, what options are available if my child doesn't qualify, what is a 504? For more information contact Brian Holloway at bholloway@arc-spokane.org.

Birth to 3 Transition: All About Me/Getting Organized
Thursday, May 5
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Being an advocate for you child is easier when you are organized. Learn about important documents to keep and effective ways to organize those documents.  For more information contact Brian Holloway at bholloway@arc-spokane.org.

First Time Homebuyer's Class
Tuesday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 11
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Windermere, 2829 S. Grand Blvd, Spokane. A two year certificate will be given to attendees. Contact Theresa Griffith at (509) 328-6326 for more information.

Life After High School Brown Bag
Wednesday, May 11
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Life After High School Brown Bag lunches give parents with a child in special education a chance to explore the challenging transition from school to adult life. Bring a lunch and your questions. To RSVP contact Brian Holloway at (509) 328-6326 or bholloway@arc-spokane.org.

Guardianship Workshop *For Parents, family members, & other non-professionals*
Wednesday, May 11
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. This workshop will be taught by David Lord of Disability Rights of Washington and Ana Kemmerer of the Spokane County Guardianship Monitoring Program. Have many of your guardianship questions answered. RSVP to Brian Holloway at bholloway@arc-spokane.org or (509) 328-6326.

Guardianship Workshop *For professional guardians*
Thursday, May 12
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. This workshop will be taught by David Lord of Disability Rights of Washington and Ana Kemmerer of the Spokane County Guardianship Monitoring Program. Have many of your guardianship questions answered. RSVP to Brian Holloway at bholloway@arc-spokane.org or (509) 328-6326.

Fathers Network
Thursday, May 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.

Movie Night (Ages 16-21)
Friday, May 13
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, May 18
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 bholloway@arc-spokane.org for more information.

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.

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