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Thank You Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph's Council 8872!
The Arc of Spokane thanks the St. Joseph's Council of the Knights of Columbus (Colbert, Washington) for their generous donation of $3,200 to help support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Spokane County.  The gift is the product of many volunteer hours selling Tootsie Rolls to the public.  The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal benefit society based on the principles of charity, unity and fraternity with more than 1.8 million members worldwide.  Thank you, Knights!  Click here to learn more about the Knights of Columbus of St. Joseph's Council.

  

Microsoft Launches Pilot Program for Hiring Autistic Workers
Click here to read an article by Jena McGregor in the Washington Post.

   

The Arc Recognizes 2015's Outstanding Citizens
Each year The Arc of Spokane honors people who are going out of their way to make Spokane a more accepting community for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Click here to learn what great things our five award winners did in 2015.
 

  

Upcoming Events

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.

Student First Event at the Den
Friday, April 24
People First will be hosting this event at Project id, 1412 W. Central, Spokane. If you have any questions, contact Dixie Costigan at (509) 475-7185.

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
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 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.

Healthy Athletes and Olympic Village
Friday, May 1
This event is for the Special Olympics regional games and is being hosted by Project id and Spokane's Wolfpack. For more information visit www.projectidspokane.org.

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.

Project id Yard Sale
Friday, May 8
This is their first fundraiser of the year and they are accepting donations starting now! For more information visit www.projectidspokane.org.

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

WolfPack Walkathon
Saturday, May 17
Join the WolfPack track team in raising funds by pledging and/or joining their walk. For more information visit www.projectidspokane.org.

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.

Epilepsy Support Group
Thursday, May 28
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Kress Art Gallery, 808 W. Main, Spokane. Networking will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. General discussion will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To RSVP or to find out more information email roelrich@epilepsynw.org.

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.

Elder Services 14th Annual Caregiver Conference
Monday, June 1
Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St., Spokane. This conference will talk about caregiving, challenges, joy, and survival. Unpaid caregivers are free, all others are $25. For more information call (509) 458-7450.

Spokane County Special Needs PTA
Thursday, June 4
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.

The Biomedical Treatment Approach to Autism and ADD/ADHD
Saturday, June 6
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan Rd, Spokane.  Montessorians, preschool teachers, daycare providers and directors, teachers, therapists, and parents alike will benefit from this symposium on a whole child health and wellness treatment approach to young children with Autism and ADD/ADHD. Featuring Dr. Susan Ashley, MD. For more information contact Debbie Henry at (509) 710-3431.

Fathers Network
Thursday, June 11
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.

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.

3rd Annual Community Summit
Wednesday, July 16 through Friday, July 18
121 N. Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee. This year the "Community Summit 2015: Exceed the Possible!" will be located in Wenatchee. The Summit will offer a series of national and local presenters. The three sessions are: "Imagine, Engage, & Empower", "Local & Global", and "Making it Happen!".  For more information visit www.communitysummit.ws.

Parents for Life 
Wednesday, June 17
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.

Cami Bradley Concert
Friday, June 19
The gorgeous and talented, Spokane's sweetheart from America's Got Talent 2013 is singing to benefit Project id. Join them at The Barrister Winery for food, wine, a silent auction, and music. This event is hosted by Stephanie Vigil. For more information visit www.projectidspokane.org.

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

First Time Home Buyer's Class
Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25
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: Inside Out
Saturday, June 27
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.

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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