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2016 Family Support Conference helps individuals and families connect to resources
There are many opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to enjoy a rich and meaningful life in Eastern Washington.  Do you know about them?  Learn how to connect with programs, people and things at our annual Family Support Conference, entitled CONNECTING, on Friday, October 7, 2016.  Click here to register or for more information. To pay for your registration: "PAY A FEE"


DDA offers on-line information and service request form
Washington's Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) has just made requesting services a lot easier with its new online Service Information & Request form. This is a great opportunity for individuals on DDA's No Paid Services (NPS) caseload to take advantage of open enrollment on the Individual & Family Services waiver and other services. If you or your family member would like more information about what's available, or would like to request specific services if you are already a client of DDA, fill out the easy to use online form and someone from your regional DDA office will get back to you.  Click here to see.  (Courtesy Informing Families website at www.informingfamilies.org).

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 21
Parents 4 Life Support Group
11:00 a.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. For any parent of a child with a developmental disability or special health care need who is older than age 18. Contact Jennifer Lee, Parent to Parent coordinator, at jlee@arc-spokane.org or (509) 789-8323.

Wednesday, September 21
Life After High School -- Navigating the System, Part 2
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave. This six week workshop is designed to help with the challenging transition from high school to life after high school. For more information contact Brian Holloway at
bholloway@arc-spokane.org or (509) 328-6326.

Wednesday, September 21 & Thursday, September 22
First Time Homebuyer's Class
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane.  A free workshop for first-time home buyers with a two-year certificate for people who attend both nights. Light dinner served. Hosted by The Arc of Spokane's Home Ownership Opportunities program. Contact Theresa Griffith at (509) 328-6326 or
tgriffith@arc-spokane.org for more information.

Wednesday, September 28
Guardianship Workshop
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. A free workshop for anyone considering becoming the guardian of a person with a developmental disability, for direct support professionals working with guardian, and for professional guardians. This workshop explores supported decision-making , alternatives to guardianship, the rights and responsibilities of guardians and how to file for guardianship in Spokane County. Sponsored by the Spokane County Parent Coalition. Contact Brian Holloway at bholloway@arc-spkane.org or (0509) 789-8321. Space is limited, please RSVP.

Wednesday, October 5
Life After High School -- Employment, Part 3
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave. This six week workshop is designed to help with the challenging transition from high school to life after high school. For more information contact Brian Holloway at
bholloway@arc-spokane.org or (509) 328-6326.

Thursday, October 6
Legislative Forum on Disability Issues
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr., Student Union Building. Learn where Eastern Washington's state legislators stand on issues affecting people with disabilities. Legislators and candidates from the 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th legislative districts have been invited. RSVP to Darci Ladwig at (509) 328-6326 or dladwig@arc-spokane.org. This event is in partnership with The Arc of Spokane, Aging and Long Term Care, Disability Rights of Washington, Spokane Center for Independent Living, Inland Northwest Lighthouse, Spokane County Parent Coalition, Access 4 All, and Community Colleges of Spokane.

Friday, October 7
Annual Family Support Conference 2016: Connecting
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Opportunity Presbyterian, 202 N. Pine, Spokane Valley. This annual conference is for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, their families, educators, and professionals.  The cost is $20 per person or $30 for a couple. For more information click here.

Wednesday, October 12
Life After High School -- Financial Planning and Guardianship, Part 4
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave. This six week workshop is designed to help with the challenging transition from high school to life after high school. For more information contact Brian Holloway at bholloway@arc-spokane.org or (509) 328-6326.

Wednesday, October 19
Life After High School -- Housing, Part 5
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave. This six week workshop is designed to help with the challenging transition from high school to life after high school. For more information contact Brian Holloway at bholloway@arc-spokane.org or (509) 328-6326.

Wednesday, October 26
Life After High School -- Social Growth, Recreation, & Transportation, Part 6
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave. This six week workshop is designed to help with the challenging transition from high school to life after high school. For more information contact Brian Holloway at bholloway@arc-spokane.org or (509) 328-6326.

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