News

Partnership 4 Safety Receives National Award for Outstanding Work
Theresa Fears, coordinator of the Partnership 4 Safety, which works to reduce sexual abuse and exploitation of people with developmental disabilities, has received a Visionary Voice Award by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC).  The NSVRC leads the nation in providing professional support to local and state anti-sexual violence organizations.  A program of The Arc of Spokane, the Partnership 4 Safety helps people with developmental disabilities avoid abuse through Healthy Relationships education.  Congratulations, Theresa!  Click here to learn more about the Partnership's important work.

 

Changes Are Coming to Key DDA Programs
The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is beginning the process of transitioning to two new programs: Individual & Family Services (IFS) waiver and Community First Choice (CFC).  Click here to learn how these changes will be implemented in the coming months . . . .

   

Spokane Police Praised for Response
Nine years after Otto Zehm’s death, we’re seeing the benefits of critical incident training for law enforcement, along with collaborative efforts with local mental health agencies, first responders and others (click here to read the full letter to the editor of the Spokesman-Review) . . .

 

Meet The Arc of Spokane's Very Special Artist of the Month: Eddie Kerr
Click here to learn more.

  

Upcoming Events

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.

Dance the Night Away - Prom 2015 at the Wolf Den, hosted by Project id
Friday, May 22
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Wolf Den, 1412 W. Central Ave, Spokane. $2.00 for Wolf Den Members, $5 for guests. Join us for a night of music, food, friends, and dancing. A professional photographer will be there taking pictures you can purchase for $2.  For more information contact Dixie Costigan at (509) 850-1489 or projectidspokane@gmail.com.

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
Wednesday, June 3
8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the 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.

Succeeding with a Difficult Child
Saturday, June 13
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Tumwater DSHS Office, 6860 Capitol Blvd, Building 2, Tumwater. This FREE training will focus on the factors that lead children to act out, tools to help children with ADHD/ADD and more severe disorders, and so much more. For questions or more information contact Penny at mpen300@uw.edu or call (360) 402-4040.

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 contact Dixie at (509) 475-7185.

Evening of Elegance for the Northwest Autism Center
Friday, June 19
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Bozarth Mansion, N. Fairwood Dr., Spokane. The night will include silent and live auctions. If you have an item to donate or would like to sponsor a table, please contact Jill or Audra at (509) 328-1582. For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.RSVPlink.com/auction.

Soapbox Derby - Sponsored by Spokane East Rotary
Saturday, June 20
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Liberty Lake Pavilion Park, N. Molter Rd., Liberty Lake.  Special needs children will be paired with a volunteer driver and a soap box derby race car for the ride of their life! Complimentary BBQ lunch will be served to drivers, racers, volunteers, and friends and family of drivers and racers. For more information email Heather at heathers@waltsmailing.com.

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.

Fathers Network
Thursday, July 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.

Parents for Life 
Wednesday, July 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.

Summer Workshop Series
Wednesday, July 15 and Thursday, July 16
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at NEWESD Conference Center, 4202 S. Regal St., Spokane. The University of Washington Autism Center and Northeast Washington ESD 101 are presenting this two-day summer workshop for educators, parents, and providers working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Evidenced-based classroom strategies and addressing challenging behaviors will be presented by Ashley Penney, Med, BCBA and Robin Talley, Med, BCBA. Cost is $150 for each day. Space is limited. To register visit https://redcap.iths.org/surveys/?s=CJMPJCR939.

First Time Home Buyer's Class
Wednesday, July 22 and Thursday, July 23
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Windermere Real Estate, 2829 S. Grand #101, 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.

Menschen Movie Screening
Sunday, July 26
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Magic Lantern, 25 W. Main Ave, #150, Spokane. This is a free event hosted by the Spokane County Parent Coalition. There will also be a facilitated group discussion following the movie. To view the trailer visit www.menschenthemovie.com. To RSVP or for more information contact Darci Ladwig at (509) 328-6326.

Summer Family Festival
Friday, July 31
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. There will be games, food, and prizes for all. Bring the entire family for a fun filled event! For more information or to RSVP contact Jessy at (509) 328-6326.

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.

People First Convention
Friday, September 18 through Sunday, September 20
DoubleTree Hotel, 322 N. Spokane Falls Ct., Spokane.  For more information contact Donna Lowary at 1-800-758-1123.

Annual Family Support Conference
Friday, October 23
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley.  Watch for additional information as we get closer to the event.

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