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Are You Ready for Life After High School?
The transition from high school to adult life can be challenging for people with developmental disabilities and their families.  But having a plan and knowing what resources and opportunities are available can make it easier.  If your son or daughter is getting ready to exit the special education system, come to Life After High School, a five-week series beginning September 16 that will explore the opportunities, challenges and resources available for adults with developmental disabilities and their families.  Click here to learn more . . . .   

 

Come to the 2014 Family Support Conference: "Best Case Scenario--from Surviving to Thriving!"
As a parent of a child with a developmental disability, do you ever feel like you're just surviving?  Don't just survive--thrive!  Anything is possible when parents come together to share experiences, perspectives and resources.  The 2014 Family Support Conference will offer an exciting keynote speaker and interesting break-out sessions for families supporting a child with a developmental disability.  Don't miss this opportunity learn and connect with other parents on October 10, 2014.  Click here for details . . . .   


Center Pointe - Arc Merger Creates Day Program in Spokane Valley
Center Pointe, a local nonprofit supporting people with developmental disabilities, has merged with The Arc of Spokane.  The agency, which provides social, recreational, and educational activities for adults with disabilities, has sold its property at 1408 N. Washington in Spokane to support a new facility at 10814 E. Broadway Ave. in Spokane Valley.  The new program will open August 25, 2014 and operate under the direction of The Arc of Spokane.  Click here to learn more about the merger.  If you would like to attend the new Valley program, contact Christina Brelia at (509) 328-6326. 

 

Spokane County Special Needs PTA Seeking Members
Do you have a child in the special education system?  Would you like to encourage productive dialogue between parents, teachers and administrators about inclusion and other special education issues?  A Special Needs PTA is forming in Spokane County for exactly this purpose.  Parents and others in all 14 school districts in Spokane County are invited to participate.  To learn more contact The Arc of Spokane at (509) 328-6326 or e-mail scsnpta@gmail.com.      

Upcoming Events

First Time Home Buyer's Class-CANCELLED
Wednesday & Thursday, September 17 & 18
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. 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.

Dentistry from the Heart
Friday, September 19
This is a first come first serve event hosted by Northview Family Dental, 5901 N. Lidgerwood Ste 225, Spokane.  Dr. Robert Leale will provide free dental care to the first 100 patients.  For more information, contact Rita at (509) 489-2538 or rita.northviewfamilydental@gmail.com.

People First Convention
Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21
Registration begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 19 and the convention ends at about 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 21. The convention is being held at the Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center in Kelso/Longview, 510 Kelso Dr, Kelso, WA.  This years convention will host great workshops on employment, safety from abuse, healthy living, how to deal with bullying, home safety and supports, and social media etiquette. For more information visit
www.peoplefirstofwashington.org.

Adult Sibgroup
Wednesday, September 24
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Bring your lunch, drinks and snacks will be provided. Share your successes, concerns, and questions or attend to listen and learn. For more information, contact Roz Bethmann at (509) 328-6326 or rbethmann@arc-spokane.org.

Life After High School - Finding a Job
Wednesday, September 24
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Learn about the benefits of employment, skill building at home, transition programs, and employment agencies.  For questions or to RSVP contact Darci Ladwig at (509) 328-6326.

Sensory-Friendly Family Movie: Dolphin Tale 2
Saturday, September 27
10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the AMC Theater at Riverpark Square Mall, 808 N. Main, Spokane. 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.

Life After High School - Where Will I Live?
Tuesday, September 30
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Learn about the different housing options as well as systems to navigate to determine the most successful choice for your son/daughter to live independently.  For questions or to RSVP contact Darci Ladwig at (509) 328-6326.

Parent to Parent Support Group
Thursday, October 2
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Open to any parent or guardian who has a child with special needs. Sponsored by The Arc of Spokane's Parent to Parent Program. For more information, contact Roz Bethmann at (509) 328-6326 or rbethmann@arc-spokane.org.

Teen Movie Night (Ages 16-21)
Friday, October 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.

Sibshop
Saturday, October 4
Registration required. Siblings ages 8-13 who have a brother or sister with an intellectual or developmental disability. For more information, contact Roz Bethmann at (509) 328-6326 or rbethmann@arc-spokane.org.

Aging and Mental Health Issues for Adults with Down Syndrome
Monday, October 6
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St, Spokane.  This one day workshop is presented by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Developmental Disabilities Administration. For more information contact Trina Zimmer at (509) 751-4638 or zimmetr@dshs.wa.gov

Life After High School - Personal/Financial Planning
Tuesday, October 7
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. We will discuss guardianship as well as alternatives to guardianship, and wills and trusts.  For questions or to RSVP contact Darci Ladwig at (509) 328-6326.

Fathers Network
Thursday, October 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.

2014 Family Support Conference: "Best Case Scenario-from Surviving to Thriving"
Friday, October 10, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center (334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.)  The Family Support Conference is also a long-standing event that brings families and friends together to learn, share and recharge their batteries.  A keynote speaker and break-out sessions on topics of interest to parents, family members, and professionals supporting people with developmental disabilities make it a rich and full day.  In the past, this event has taken place in the spring, but for a variety of reasons we moved it to the fall.

Life After High School: Social Growth, Recreation and Transportation 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave.  Find out about the various activities/groups within the community for your young adult.  For questions or to RSVP contact Darci Ladwig at (509) 328-6326. 

Parents for Life
Wednesday, October 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 Roz Bethmann at (509) 328-6326 or rbethmann@arc-spokane.org for more information.

Sensory-Friendly Family Movie: Book of Life
Saturday, October 25
10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the AMC Theater at Riverpark Square Mall, 808 N. Main, Spokane. 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.

Teen Movie Night (Ages 16-21)
Friday, November 7
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 

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