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Analysis finds special education underfunded, advocates urge legislature to act
The Washington Supreme Court should consider the unmet needs of students with disabilities when enforcing the State’s paramount duty to fully fund education, The Arc of Washington State and The Arc of King County said in a “friend of the court” brief filed today.  The Arcs joined with other advocates for children with disabilities in filing the brief in McCleary v State of Washington, including Teamchild, Seattle Special Education PTA, Bellevue Special Needs PTA, Highline Special Needs PTA, Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy, Open Doors for Multicultural Families, and several individuals who professionally support children with disabilities and their families in medical, clinical and educational settings.  It is the first amicus brief in the landmark school-funding case to focus on special education . . .  (Click here to read a media release from The Arc of Washington.)


Seattle to host 2018 Special Olympics games  
Seattle will host the next Special Olympics USA Games in July 2018, officials announced Thursday.  At Husky Stadium, Governor Jay Inslee and others presented the news to a crowded room of Special Olympics fans and athletes, saying planning is already under way for the roughly one-week competition that will attract thousands of visitors from across the country.  It will be the biggest sports event in Seattle since the 1990 Goodwill Games, city official says.  Click here to read the full article from the Seattle Times.   


DSHS to refund improper client participation
The state has identified a number of clients of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) who were improperly charged client participation fees for personal care and must be refunded.  Click here to download a PDF from DSHS explaining the ruling.  Or click here to read this bulletin from the Informing Families website, www.informingfamilies.org.     
 

      

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 22 & Thursday, June 23
First Time Homebuyer’s Class

6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave. Free. A two-year certificate will be given to attendees. Must attend both nights for certificate. There will be lots of great information about the home-buying process. Speakers include lenders, realtors, inspectors and more. Light dinner served. Contact Theresa Griffith at (509) 328-6326 for more information.

Thursday, June 23
VALU Summer Summit: Celebrating Advocacy

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Gonzaga University Law School, Barbieri Courtroom, 721 N. Cincinnati, Spokane.  Enjoy keynote speaker, Bob Blancato, National Coordinator, Elder Justice Coalition who will explore Celebrating Advocacy Anniversaries and Why We Care So Much: Social Security, Medicare, the ADA and more!  The cost is $35.  Register on-line at
https://commerce.cashnet.com/gulawcle or by mail at: Gonzaga Law School, ATTN: ULA, PO Box 3528, Spokane, WA 99220.  VALU is Vulnerable Adult Links United, a multi-disciplinary ad hoc community organization whose membership is comprised of law enforcement, charitable, legal, financial, educational, governmental, care providing an non-profit agencies working to promote the quality of life for vulnerable adults in Eastern Washington.

Tuesday, July 5
H.U.G.S. (Helping, Understanding, Giving Support)
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. A support group for parents of a child with a developmental disability or special healthcare need who is younger than 18. Sponsored by The Arc of Spokane's Parent to Parent program. Contact Jennifer Lee, Parent to Parent Coordinator, at (509) 789-8323 or jlee@arc-spokane.org for details.

Wednesday, July 13
First Annual Open House

4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Visit our facility, meet our fearless leaders, and learn about how The Arc can support you and your family. Barbeque dinner provided by Washington Trust Bank.

Friday, July 14
Family Festival Picnic

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. A chance to get out of the house, meet other families supporting a child with a disability and let the kids have fun. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided along with games for children with prizes. Please RSVP to Jennifer Lee, Parent to Parent Coordinator, at (509) 789-8323 or jlee@arc-spokane.org. Sponsored by the Infant Toddler Network, Parent to Parent, Spokane County Parent Coalition, Spokane County Community Services, and the Spokane Fathers Network.

Sunday, July 17
Asperger's Social Group
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Spokane Mission Park, 1209 E. Mission , Spokane. This is a free event, sponsored by the Autism Society of Washington. For more information, email Spokane@autismsocietyofwa.org

Tuesday, July 19 & Thursday, July 21
First Time Homebuyer’s Class
6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave. Free. A two-year certificate will be given to attendees. Must attend both nights for certificate. There will be lots of great information about the home-buying process. Speakers include lenders, realtors, inspectors and more. Light dinner served. Contact Theresa Griffith at (509) 328-6326 for more information.

Wednesday, July 20
Parents for Life
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave. A support group fro parents of a child with a developmental disability or a special healthcare need who is older than 18. Sponsored by The Arc of Spokane's Parent to Parent program. Contact Jennifer Lee, Parent to Parent Coordinator, at (509) 789-8323 or jlee@arc-spokane.org for details.

Wednesday, July 27 & Thursday, July 28
First Time Homebuyer’s Class
6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Windermere Realty, 2829 S. Grand Blvd. Free. A two-year certificate will be given to attendees. Must attend both nights for certificate. There will be lots of great information about the home-buying process. Speakers include lenders, realtors, inspectors and more. Light dinner served. Contact Theresa Griffith at (509) 328-6326 for more information.

Tuesday, August 9 & Wednesday, August 10
Northwest Autism Conference
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 www.kadlec.org/neurological-resource-center/autism-conference?/autism.

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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