News 

The hope and challenges of making friends
Helping our kids make (and keep) friends is a huge challenge. There never seems to be anyone who can help, or any easy answers; however, over the years, a few tips I picked up along the way helped me with all three of our girls, especially Alexa, who was born with Down syndrome.  Click here to read the full article by Susan Atkins, published on the Informing Families website, www.informingfamilies.org.


New services under the IFS waiver explained
When DDA transitioned Individual & Family Services into a federal Medicaid Home & Community Based Services waiver, the following new services were added:  Peer Mentoring, Person-Centered Planning Facilitation, Community Engagement and others.  Click here to learn how these services can improve the quality of your or your loved ones life (from the Informing Families website at www.informingfamilies.org).

      

Becoming involved presents new outlook
I’m a 43-year-old man with cerebral palsy who lives in Covington, La. I hit one of the many roadblocks, both personally and professionally, about five years ago. Starting over is not easy for anyone. But when you add in having a physical disability, I felt like it is almost impossible.  (Click here to read the full story by Jeff Arseneaux published in Apostrophe Magazine.)

 

Upcoming Events

Tuesday & Thursday, July 19 & 21 
First Time Homebuyer’s Class

6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave., Spokane. A free workshop for first-time home buyers with a two-year certificate for people who attend both nights. Light dinner served. Sponsored by The Arc of Spokane’s Home Ownership Opportunities program.  Contact Theresa Griffith at (509) 328-6326 or  
tgriffith@arc-spokane.org. for more information.

Wednesday, July 20 
Parents 4 Life
—CANCELLED:  See you all at the Family Festival Picnic!

July 23 Putts and Pirouettes Charity Golf Tournament—At the Fairways Golf Course, 9810 W. Melville Rd., Cheney.  Proceeds go to Inspirations Dance Studio, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching all ages, special needs and low income families.  Sponsor a hole, participate, or donate.  $75 per player or $140 for 2 players.  Go to www.inspirationspokane.com for more information or call (509) 534-1128 or e-mail
 
inspirationsdancestudio5678@gmail.com

Saturday, July 27 & 28 
First Time Homebuyer’s Class

6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Windermere Realty, 2829 S. Grand Blvd. A free workshop for first-time home buyers with a two-year certificate for people who attend both nights. Light dinner served. Sponsored by The Arc of Spokane’s Home Ownership Opportunities program.  Contact Theresa Griffith at (509) 328-6326 or  
tgriffith@arc-spokane.org. for more information.

Tuesday - Wednesday, August 9 - 10 
Northwest Autism Conference

At the 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.

Saturday, August 13 
Courageous Kids Climbing

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Central Washington University, 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, Washington.  An opportunity for children with special needs, physical or intellectual, to experience rock wall climbing under the tutelage of experienced rock climbers. Volunteer coaches and belayers are needed.  For more information, contact
Jeffriechmann@cs.com or visit Courageous Kids Climbing on Facebook.  The event is free but participants must pre-register.  

Saturday, August 20 
Spokane Disability Pride Parade

9:15 a.m. (lineup) at the North Entrance to Riverfront Park (at the corner of Howard and Mallon). Parking is available. For more information and to register, visit
www.spokanedisabilityprideparade.com.  Look of us on Facebook too. 

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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