The Arc's statement on the shooting of unarmed caregiver in Florida
Washington, DC – The Arc, the nation’s largest civil rights organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families, released the following statement on the news that Charles Kinsey, a caregiver (commonly known as direct support professional) for people with disabilities, was shot while supporting a young man with autism (click here to read this bulletin from The Arc of the United States) . . . 

Americans with Disabilities Act turns 26!
The 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act is July 26, 2016. To celebrate, we’d like to share last year’s silver anniversary celebration video created by the Developmental Disabilities Council and Allies in Advocacy. No matter the year, the message of disability advocates expressed in Americans with Disabilities ACT, is timeless: Everyone benefits when everyone is included.  Click here to watch the video.

Tech wins for people with I/DD
I hear all the time about the woes of technology.  Smartphones are making us less social, or computers are going to rot our brain. We need go back to good ol’ days where we had to write a letter by hand to communicate with people long distance.  All that bashing of tech really gets to me because people with disabilities rely on tech to communicate, write, and live independently.  Click here to read the entire article by Ivanova Smith, published on the Informing Families website.


Upcoming Events

Tuesday - Wednesday, August 9 - 10 
Northwest Autism Conference

At the Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick.  A conference aimed at making life easier for those impacted by autism. For more information, call (509) 943-8455 or visit

Saturday, August 13 
Courageous Kids Climbing

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Central Washington University, 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, Washington.  An opportunity for children with special needs, physical or intellectual, to experience rock wall climbing under the tutelage of experienced rock climbers. Volunteer coaches and belayers are needed.  For more information, contact or visit Courageous Kids Climbing on Facebook.  The event is free but participants must pre-register.  

Saturday, August 20 
Spokane Disability Pride Parade

9:15 a.m. (lineup) at the North Entrance to Riverfront Park (at the corner of Howard and Mallon). Parking is available. For more information and to register, visit  Look of us on Facebook too. 

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. More information to follow as the event gets closer.

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