Spokane Police Department Visits the Downtown Community Center
Spokane Police Department is beginning a community outreach program with The Arc of Spokane to build relationships with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This program will enhance the entire Spokane community by facilitating positive interactions between the officers and persons with disabilities such as Autism, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.
The Arc would like to thank all of the officers that visited the community center on November 29th! Our members were excited to talk with you, play games, and learn more about what you do to serve the Spokane community! 
THANK YOU!!!  Major Kevin King, Captain Brad Arleth, Captain Tom Hendren, Lieutenant Matt Cowles, Det. Ty Snider, Det. Bob Mosman, Officer Keith Cler, Officer Dion Mason, Officer Sandy McIntyre, Officer Jenn Deruwe.
Giving adults with autism the skills to build independent lives
Before Josh, 36, arrived at First Place Transition Academy, he had never taken public transportation on his own, much less held down a paying job. But a new pilot program is empowering adults with autism to overcome hurdles to independence.
Click here to watch this report from the PBS News Hour, August 9, 2016 with special correspondent John Donvan and co-author with Caren Zucker.

SPARK autism research seeks participants
SPARK is a study to advance the understanding of autism. Anyone with autism and their biological family members are encouraged to participate. It is easy. Just register online, wait for your saliva sample kit to arrive in the mail, submit a sample, and mail it back. There is no cost, and individuals with autism will receive gift cards valued at up to a total of $50.
Click here to register. For questions, contact Emily Fox, Clinical Research Associate, Seattle Children's Autism Center, (206) 987-8080 or SPARK is sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative.

Time is running out for openings on DDA's IFS waiver
The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) has openings on its new Individual & Family Services (IFS) waiver, but this window will be closing in 2017. To request IFS services, use DDA's new online
Service and Information Request form, which includes the option to request an Eligibility Packet for anyone interested in applying for DDA eligibility (the first step toward receiving DD services in Washington State). If you or your family member would like more information about DDA eligibility and available services, fill out the online form and someone from your regional office will get back to you.  

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