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Change Is Coming to Medicaid Personal Care (MPC) and Individual and Family Support Services (IFS).  Get Ready!
Many people with developmental disabilities receive support from MPC and IFS programs administered through Washington's Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).  In 2015, the way these programs are accessed and administered will change in several important ways.  Click here to watch a video about changes to MPC.  Click here to watch a video about changes to IFS.  Watch for more information in the coming months.

 

What Does The Arc's Believe about Housing for People with Developmental Disabilities?
The Arc's official position on housing for people with developmental disabilities is as follows:  All people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities have a right to live in communities of their choosing and to be fully included with people who do not have disabilities.  Children belong with their families.  Adults should control where and with whom they live, with increasing opportunities to rent or buy their own homes.

 

Building Ohana, A Neighborhood Where Love Lives
Together with public and private partners, Building Ohana aims to build Ohana Village, a mixed use, multi-level residential community of inclusion in Spokane Washington.  Ohana will be a truly diverse, intergenerational neighborhood of support, in which all of our residents--especially those with developmental and intellectual challenges--can flourish in an environment of friendship, cooperation and care.  To learn more, go to www.buildingohana.org

  

Upcoming Events

Wolf Den Christmas Party
Saturday, December 20
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Project id, 1412 W. Central Ave, Spokane. Food, fun, music, and a visit from Santa. All are welcome to this free event.  For more information on what Project id is visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Projectid1.

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
  

Guardianship and Alternatives Too
Wednesday, January 7
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Mead High School, 302 W. Hastings Rd. Learn about guardianship, alternatives to guardianship and more. For more information or to RSVP contact Roz Bethmann at (509) 328-6326 or rbethmann@arc-spokane.org.

Transition Brown Bag
Thursday, January 8
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. You bring your lunch and we'll provide snacks and drinks. Join in as we discuss topics that parents consider involving school to adult life.  For more information contact Roz Bethmann at (509) 328-6326 or rbethmann@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.

Community of Practice: Adult Sibling Assuming Support Roles
Saturday, January 17
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Ramada-Spokane Airport, Washington Conference Room, 8909 Airport Dr., Spokane.  The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council is currently seeking input from those who are caring for an adult sibling with an intellectual or developmental disability. This is a great opportunity for you to share your experiences, learn from others, and help form and guide the Community of Practice.  Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP.  To RSVP or if you have questions, please contact Kelly Tracy at (800) 634-4473 or kelly.tracy@ddc.wa.gov

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.

Teen Movie Night (Ages 16-21)
Friday, February 6
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  

Washington Shining Star Pageant
Sunday, February 8
3:00 p.m. at Prosser High School.  The pageant, in cooperation with the Prosser School District, is open to high school and jr. high girls who are differently-abled.  Registration  fee is $25. For more information call Rene at (775) 741-3800.

Transition Brown Bag
Thursday, February 12
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. You bring your lunch and we'll provide snacks and drinks. Join in as we discuss topics that parents consider involving school to adult life.  For more information contact Roz Bethmann at (509) 328-6326 or rbethmann@arc-spokane.org.

Fathers Network
Thursday, February 12
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 
Wednesday, February 18
 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, February 25 and Thursday, February 26
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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