News

Lakeland Village Avoids Decertification, Concerns Remain
After a March 19 inspection, the federal government has decided not to pull funding from Lakeland Village, one of Washington's remaining institutions for people with developmental disabilities.  But advocates object to warehousing people away from society.  Click here for a KXLY story about concerns over the institutional care model.  

 

Community Living, a Superior Alternative to Institutions
The Arc has long opposed lifelong institutionalization of people with developmental disabilities.  Why?  Because people live richer and more meaningful lives when they are a valued part of their communities.  Click here to learn more.

  

Avista and The Arc of Spokane Celebrate a 25 Year Collaboration
Twenty-five years ago The Arc of Spokane and Avista Utilities created an operation that gave people developmental disabilities meaningful work and saved the company money.  Click the links to learn how this program has been a win-win for everyone involved.  KHQ REPORT / KXLY REPORT

   

Forklift Certification Helps Job Seekers
What does it take to become a certified forklift operator?  Careful study, completion of the training course, and the ability to pass a safety test--that's what three men from The Arc's Supported Employment program will tell you.  Mike Cox, John Manfred, and Dan Maas recently completed the course and passed the test, making them fully qualified to operate a forklift in the work place.  "I can't believe I passed with flying colors," says Dan.  We can.  To learn more about having Mike, John or Dan on your workplace team, call The Arc of Spokane's Supported Employment program at (509) 328-6326. 

 
The Arc of Spokane Accepting Registrations for Silverwood's "Night of Stars"
Be a star at Silverwood Themepark on May 8, 2015!  On that night, people with developmental disabilities of all ages and a guest are special guests and will be admitted free of charge.  If you have received an invitation and would like to register, or to learn more, call Colleen at The Arc of Spokane (509) 328-6326. 

 

Upcoming Events

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

Special Eggs-travaganza Event
Saturday, April 4
2:00 pm at Life Center North, 8303 N. Division St., Spokane.  An Easter egg hunt for children 0-12 years old who have special needs/mobility limitations. This event is for children who would normally not participate in a community Easter Egg Hunt. Registration required. Visit http://www.lifecenternorth.org/sign-ups/ for more information or to register for this event.

State Alzheimer's Planning Group Seeks Public Input
Wednesday, April 8
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington, 1222 N. Post St, Spokane. Washington state's Alzheimer's Disease Working Group is hosting Community Meetings. The group wants to hear about what's needed and what could be improved to better help people with dementia and their family caregivers. Public input will be used to shape strategic plans and policies. For more information visit https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/stakeholders/developing-state-plan-address-alzheimers-disease.

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. Contact Jessy Smith at (509) 328-6326 or jsmith@arc-spokane.org for more information.

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.

Behavioral Ecology
Tuesday, April 14
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr, Student Union Building Room 102/103/104, Spokane. Presented by Dr. Phil Diaz. During this workshop participants will identify "teachable moments" and their power to affect change, learn to use these dynamics of behavior to increase the chances of any behavioral change process, and much more. For more information or to register, contact Trina at (509) 751-4638 or tennytr@dshs.wa.gov.

Functional Assessment & Positive Behavior Support
Wednesday, April 15
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr, Student Union Building Room 102/103/104, Spokane. Presented by Dr. Phil Diaz. For more information or to register, contact Trina at (509) 751-4638 or tennytr@dshs.wa.gov.

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 Jessy Smith at (509) 328-6326 or jsmith@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.

Safety Rally
Friday, April 17
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the STA Plaza, 701 E. Riverside, Spokane. A fun event is sponsored by The Arc of Spokane's Partnership 4 Safety program and is for special education students in middle school, high school, or transition programs. Music, games, and great information and tips for staying safe! For more information contact Theresa Fears at (509) 789-8329 or tfears@arc-spokane.org.

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. There will be food, kids activities, cool swag, and much more. 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.

2015 Inland Northwest Fair Housing Conference
Thursday, April 23
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane. Registration is $40. Breakout sessions include assistance animals, landlord/tenant law, reasonable accommodations, and much more. Gloria Ochoa, City of Spokane Local Government & Multi-Cultural Affair Director will be keynote speaker. This event is sponsored by Spokane County, City of Spokane, Spokane Housing Authority, and others. For more information contact Northwest Fair Housing Alliance at (509) 325-2665.

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.

The 1st Annual Steps for Autism Walk
Saturday, April 25
8:00 a.m. registration opens. The race starts at Mirabeau Park South Shelter/Centennial Trail in the Spokane Valley. Cost is $25 and includes a t-shirt. To register contact Northwest Autism Center at (509) 328-1582 or visit them online at www.nwautism.org.

Plan 4 Your Future
Tuesday, April 28
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley. A panel of presenters will talk about the transition from high school to adult life for students with developmental disabilities.  For more information or to RSVP contact Denise Magee at 477-2725 or dmagee@spokanecounty.org.   

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 Jessy Smith at (509) 328-6326 or jsmith@arc-spokane.org for more information.

Plan 4 Your Future
Tuesday, April 30
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Children's Home Society, 2323 N. Discovery Place. A panel of presenters will talk about the transition from high school to adult life for students with developmental disabilities.  For more information or to RSVP contact Denise Magee at 477-2725 or dmagee@spokanecounty.org.   

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.

Teen Movie Night (Ages 16-21)
Friday, May 1
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

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.

Spokane County Special Needs PTA
Thursday, May 7
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.

Spokane County Transition & Resource Fair
Friday, May 8
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St, Spokane. The Transition Fair is designed to help you connect to resources and meet people who can help you find services you might want. This event is sponsored by the Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Developments Department's Developmental Disabilities Division. For more information, contact Linda at (509) 477-4377.

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. Contact Jessy Smith at (509) 328-6326 or jsmith@arc-spokane.org for more information.

Fathers Network
Thursday, May 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.

Otis Days Parade and Show and Shine
Saturday, May 16
12:00 p.m. at Orchards Elementary School. Car show benefit for children F.I.R.S.T.  Children F.I.R.S.T is a non profit organization that has provided early intervention services for infants and toddlers with developmental needs since 1992.  There will be games for children and a raffle for prizes!  For more information visit www.childrenfirstspokane.com

Parents for Life 
Wednesday, May 20
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 Jessy Smith at (509) 328-6326 or jsmith@arc-spokane.org for more information.

First Time Home Buyer's Class
Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21
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: Tomorrowland
Saturday, May 30
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.

Giving Care - Taking Care: A Conference for Family Caregivers
Monday, June 1
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 S. 42nd Ave, Seattle. $30 for family and volunteer caregivers, $50 for agency-based community caregivers. Learn about caring for people with dementia or with developmental disabilities, fall safety, coping with feelings of anger, guilt, or sadness, legal planning, reducing family conflict, etc. Pre-registration required. For more information or to register visit http://tinyurl.com/challengeslist or call (360) 725-2544.

Soapbox Derby - Sponsored by Spokane East Rotary
Saturday, June 20

Classroom Strategies for Students with ASD
Wednesday, July 16 and Thursday, July 17
This two day conference will be held at the NEWESD Conference Center, 4202 S. Regal St, Spokane. Hosted by the University of Washington Autism Center. Participants will learn how to use visual supports to enhance learning and strategies to prevent and react to challenging behavior. $150 for one day or $300 for both days, clock hours are available. To register visit https://redcap.iths.org/surveys/?s=CJMPJCR939.

iCan Shine
Monday, August 17 through Friday, August 21
This is a week long bike camp for individuals with disabilities to help them learn to ride a two-wheel bike independently. Each day the session is 75 minutes long. For more information or to register for this event visit www.icanshine.org.

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