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After three special sessions, Washington legislators pass a budget
Click here to learn how programs supporting people with developmental disabilities fared in the debate . . . .

 

 

Congratulations, Jeanette Hills, Outstanding Volunteer for Washington!
Each year, the governor recognizes people throughout Washington who have demonstrated outstanding commitment in volunteer service.  This year, Jeanette Hills, a member of The Arc Community Center was one of only 39 Outstanding Volunteers in the state.  Click here to read what Governor Inslee said about Jeanette. 

 

 

DDA encourages people on the "No Paid Services Waitlist" to call
Individuals and families who are on the Developmental Disability Administration's (DDA) "No Paid Services Waitlist" (a list of people who have applied for DDA services and been found eligible, but are not receiving a service), should contact their regional DDA office immediately and request to be placed on the new Individual and Family Services (IFS) waiver.  The system for distributing IFS support to families is changing, and support may be available to some families not currently being served.  The phone number for DDA's regional office for Spokane County is (509) 329-2900.

 

What employment means to Taylor Cartwright
Click here to read this blog post by Paula Cartwright, mother of Taylor, who works at Avista Utilities with support from The Arc of Spokane . . .

  

Upcoming Events

Fathers Network -- CANCELLED
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 -- CANCELLED
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.

Free Autism Screening
Friday, July 17
Northwest Autism Center, 528 E. Spokane Falls Blvd., Suite 14, Spokane.  This is open to all ages.  To schedule your one hour appointment contact Audra at (509) 328-1582.  If there are not any appointments left for this day you will be placed on the waitlist for the next quarterly screening.

Sensory-Friendly Movie: Minions
Saturday, July 18
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.

Big Rig Day
Saturday, July 18
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 2010 Fairview Heights Road, Medical Lake.  West Company is providing big rigs to learn about and see in action.  Participate in various activities and enjoy a delicious BBQ.  Bring your family and friends for an incredible day of fun!  This event is FREE and is hosted by Wishing Star.  For more information call (509) 744-3411. 

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.

Friendship Factor: The Art of Making and Keeping Friends
Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 28 through August 20
10-11:30 a.m. at Awakenings Holistic Counseling, 906 S. Cowley, Spokane.  An experiential, therapist-facilitated group focused on providing guidance and practice in social skills essential to friendships for children 4-6th grade with high-functioning autism/Asperger's. Areas of focus will be on planning and initiating play, engaging in social conversations, taking turns, joining into a group activity, perspective/social thinking, managing emotions and conflict, etc. Cost is $200 for eight 1.5 hour sessions. For more information contact Joan at ahcspokane@gmail.com or (509) 368-9066.

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.

Spokane County Special Needs PTA
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Global Credit Union, 1520 W. 3rd. Monthly meetings allow parents to discuss issues relating to special education in our area. For more information contact Darci Ladwig at (509) 279-9242.

Fathers Network -- CANCELLED
Thursday, August 13
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.

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.

Parents for Life
Wednesday, August 19
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, August 19 and Thursday, August 20
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.

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: Be Your Own Superhero!
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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