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Audit Finds Care Violations at Lakeland Village
A surprise audit has uncovered several instances in which residents of Lakeland Village, Eastern Washington's state-run facility for people with developmental disabilities, did not receive appropriate care.  Members of People First, a self-advocate organization, gathered at the Developmental Disabilities Administration office in Spokane this week call attention to the issue.  Click here to read the full article featured in the Spokesman-Review.

 

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

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 -- CANCELLED in lieu of the Parent to Parent Holiday Party on December 12
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

Spokane County Special Needs PTA
Thursday, December 4
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane.  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.

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
  

Transition Brown Bag
Thursday, December 11
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Bring your lunch and we'll provide snacks and drinks. Join us as we discuss topics that parents consider involving the school to adult life transition. Issues that will be discussed are guardianship, employment, navigating the government systems, and more.  For questions call Rosslyn Bethmann at (509) 328-6326 or rbethmann@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.

Teen Movie Night (Ages 16-21)
Friday, January 2
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
Thursday, January 8
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.

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.

Spokane County Legislative Workshop
Tuesday, January 20
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Learn how to effectively communicate with local legislators, bills that are being introduced this coming session as well as top legislative priorities for the Spokane County Parent Coalition. Contact Darci Ladwig at (509) 328-6326 for more information.

Parents for Life 
Wednesday, January 21
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, January 28 and Thursday, January 29
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.

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