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Rally at DDA Protests Serious Violations at Lakeland Village
A recent audit of Lakeland Village, a state-run nursing facility for adults with developmental disabilities, found evidence of serious neglect at the facility, which is intended to provide premium care.  On Tuesday, November 25, People First will hold a rally at Spokane's Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) office at 1611 W. Indiana Ave. to draw attention to the report.  If you think people with developmental disabilities deserve better, be there!   Click this PDF link to read a summary of the audit findings:  
/PDFs/Summary of Findings.pdf  

  

Office of the Education Ombuds Recommends Creation of Statewide Special Education Task Force
This November OEO report says, "Washington State has the opportunity to move forward as a national leader in identifying strategies for prevention, innovation and progressive practices to improved educational outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities."  Click the PDF link to read the entire report: 
/PDFs/OEO Report.pdf   

 

Community Dinners and Food Distribution Centers Ready for Thanksgiving
Click the link for a list of community dinners, food distribution centers and other activities available in Spokane for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Thank you Spokane County United Way for providing this information! 
/PDFs/Thanksgiving 2014.pdf

 

Preview Films Featured in the Sprout Film Festival through November!
The Sprout Film Festival features films by and about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  In November only, you can preview a selection of these films on Comcast. 
Click here to watch!  To learn more about the 2014 Sprout Film Festival, click here.

 

Upcoming Events

Rally to Protest Lakeland Village - Over 40k Federal Violations & Counting
Tuesday, November 25
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Developmental Disabilities Administration, 1611 W. Indiana, Spokane.  People First of Washington is planning a rally to help bring awareness to the abuse that is happening at Lakeland Village.  For more information or to RSVP, contact John Lemus at (509) 720-9203.

Sensory-Friendly Family Movie: Home
Saturday, November 29
10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the AMC Theater at Riverpark Square Mall, 808 N. Main, Spokane. Enjoy a movie with the lights up and the sound down. Tickets are $6.50 at the door. Sponsored by The Autism Society of Washington and AMC Theaters.

Parent to Parent Support Group
Thursday, December 4
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Open to any parent or guardian who has a child with special needs. Sponsored by The Arc of Spokane's Parent to Parent Program. For more information, contact Roz Bethmann at (509) 328-6326 or
rbethmann@arc-spokane.org.

Teen Movie Night (Ages 16-21)
Friday, December 5
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.  

Fathers Network - CANCELLED in lieu of the Parent to Parent Holiday Party on December 12
Thursday, December 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.

Annual Parent 2 Parent Family Holiday Party
Friday, December 12
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane Community Center, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane.  This event is open to everyone. Bring your family and friends and enjoy some holiday fun. There will be games, door prizes, dessert, and more. For more information or to RSVP contact Roz Bethmann at (509) 328-6326.

Sensory-Friendly Family Movie: Penguins & School Age Family Group Event
Saturday, December 13
10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the AMC Theater at Riverpark Square Mall, 808 N. Main, Spokane. Enjoy a movie with the lights up and the sound down. Tickets are $6.60 at the door. Sponsored by The Autism Society of Washington and AMC Theaters. A post movie reception will be held in the Kress Gallery near the food court at Riverpark Square (3rd floor). Please RSVP for the reception starting December 1 on the Spokane ASW Facebook page under Events.

Parents for Life 
Wednesday, December 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 Roz Bethmann at (509) 328-6326 or
rbethmann@arc-spokane.org for more information.

First Time Home Buyer's Class
Wednesday, December 17 and Thursday, December 18
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.

Increasing Competence in Working with People with Developmental Disabilities: Focus on Mental Health and Challenging Behavior Issues (Continuation of Anatomy of a Meltdown)
Tuesday, January 13
4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute, 4000 W. Randolph Rd, Spokane.  There is no fee to attend this workshop and a buffet dinner is included. For more information or to RSVP contact Linda Devlin with Spokane County at (509) 477-4377 or
ldevlin@spokanecounty.org.

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