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Center Pointe - Arc Merger Creates Day Program in Spokane Valley
Center Pointe, a local nonprofit supporting people with developmental disabilities, has merged with The Arc of Spokane.  The agency, which provides social, recreational, and educational activities for adults with disabilities, has sold its property at 1408 N. Washington in Spokane to support a new facility at 10814 E. Broadway Ave. in Spokane Valley.  The new program will open August 25, 2014 and operate under the direction of The Arc of Spokane.  Click here to learn more about the merger.  If you would like to attend the new Valley program, contact Christina Brelia at (509) 328-6326. 

 

Shop at The NEW Arc of Spokane Thrift Store!  
The Arc of Spokane Thrift Store has undergone some amazing changes in the past few months.  More merchandise!  Cool new departments!  Bold colors, and (as always) great value!  Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 808 N Ruby in Spokane.  For the latest on in-store sales, customer rewards, and more go to the store's website at www.arcofspokanethrift.org.  Your donated clothing and household goods support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Spokane.  You can give at the store, or schedule a donation pick-up on the store website or by calling (509) 328-8100!   

 

Spokane County Special Needs PTA Seeking Members
Do you have a child in the special education system?  Would you like to encourage productive dialogue between parents, teachers and administrators about inclusion and other special education issues?  A Special Needs PTA is forming in Spokane County for exactly this purpose.  Parents and others in all 14 school districts in Spokane County are invited to participate.  To learn more contact The Arc of Spokane at (509) 328-6326 or e-mail scsnpta@gmail.com.      

 

Upcoming Events

Parents for Life -- CANCELLED
Wednesday, August 20

First Time Home Buyer's Class
Wednesday & Thursday, August 27 & 28
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, 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.

Statewide Special Education Task Force
Tuesday, September 9
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Washington State University, Spokane Campus, Room 109, Phase 1 Classroom Building, 668 E. Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane.  This is a great opportunity to get involved and have your voice heard as this task force is in the developmental stages. At this meeting they will discuss key elements, what issues need to be addressed, what the scope of the taskforce will be, etc. This meeting is hosted by the Office of the Education Ombuds. Please RSVP if you are interested in attending by calling (866) 297-2597 or emailing oeoinfo@gov.wa.gov

Heroes for Autism: First Responder Training 
Wednesday, September 10
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Spokane Fire Department Training Center.   This workshop is designed to help acquaint first responders with the common characteristics and behaviors of an individual with an autism spectrum disorder and strategies for addressing crisis situations in a manner that prevents further escalation or negative outcomes.  This is a FREE event hosted by the Autism Society of Washington and the Spokane Fire Department.  For questions please contact Corinne Daffern at (360) 515-8910 or email corinned@autismsocietyofwa.org

Heroes for Autism: Family and Community Discussion
Wednesday, September 10
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Spokane Fire Department Training Center.   This community gathering is offered to family and community support providers to discuss strategies for addressing crisis situations that involve first responders.  Attendees will also be introduced to tracking and database systems.  This is a FREE event hosted by the Autism Society of Washington and the Spokane Fire Department.  For questions please contact Corinne Daffern at (360) 515-8910 or email corinned@autismsocietyofwa.org

Fathers Network
Thursday, September 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.

C.A.S.T. for Kids
Saturday, September 13
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Clear Lake, Fairchild Airforce Base recreation facility. This free event is for kids 5-18 with an intellectual or developmental disability.  This is a one day fishing event designed to accommodate kids with a wide range of special needs.  For more information call (509) 747-2158 or register online at castforkids.org.  Registration is required. 

"The Case of the Dog in the Night"
Thursday, September 14
3:00 p.m. at the Bing Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave, Spokane. This play is about a boy with Asperger Syndrome who tries to solve a mystery. Presented by Friend of the Bing. Adults are $15, 12 and under are $5. For more information visit
www.bingcrosbytheater.com.

Life After High School - Navigating the System
Tuesday, September 16
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. We will talk about different support funding options, how to apply for those funding options as well as how each of them relate to transition. For questions or to RSVP contact Darci Ladwig at (509) 328-6326.

First Time Home Buyer's Class
Wednesday & Thursday, September 17 & 18
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, 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 19 through Sunday, September 21
Registration begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 19 and the convention ends at about 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 21. The convention is being held at the Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center in Kelso/Longview, 510 Kelso Dr, Kelso, WA.  This years convention will host great workshops on employment, safety from abuse, healthy living, how to deal with bullying, home safety and supports, and social media etiquette. For more information visit
www.peoplefirstofwashington.org.

Life After High School - Finding a Job
Wednesday, September 24
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Learn about the benefits of employment, skill building at home, transition programs, and employment agencies.  For questions or to RSVP contact Darci Ladwig at (509) 328-6326.

Sensory-Friendly Family Movie: Dolphin Tale 2
Saturday, September 27
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 at the door. Sponsored by The Autism Society of Washington and AMC Theaters.

Life After High School - Where Will I Live?
Tuesday, September 30
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Learn about the different housing options as well as systems to navigate to determine the most successful choice for your son/daughter to live independently.  For questions or to RSVP contact Darci Ladwig at (509) 328-6326.

Life After High School - Personal/Financial Planning
Tuesday, October 7
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. We will discuss guardianship as well as alternatives to guardianship, and wills and trusts.  For questions or to RSVP contact Darci Ladwig at (509) 328-6326.

2014 Family Support Conference: "Best Case Scenario-from Surviving to Thriving"
Friday, October 10, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center (334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.)  The Family Support Conference is also a long-standing event that brings families and friends together to learn, share and recharge their batteries.  A keynote speaker and break-out sessions on topics of interest to parents, family members, and professionals supporting people with developmental disabilities make it a rich and full day.  In the past, this event has taken place in the spring, but for a variety of reasons we moved it to the fall.

Life After High School: Social Growth, Recreation and Transportation 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave.  Find out about the various activities/groups within the community for your young adult.  For questions or to RSVP contact Darci Ladwig at (509) 328-6326. 

 

 

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