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Get help completing DDA's Individual & Family Services (IFS) waiver packet!
Families who qualify for DDA services may qualify for the newly created Individual & Family Support (IFS) waiver, even if they do not currently receive services.  Click here for a list of IFS services.  To apply for services, contact your DDA case manager at (509) 329-2900.  If you have received a IFS waiver packet from DDA, drop-in help is available at DDA Region 1 Headquarters (1611 W. Indiana Ave., Spokane) on the 1st and 3rd Mondays and Fridays of each month through 2016 (excluding holidays).  Families must complete the packet within 10 days, so don't wait!      


Recreational Programs and Respite
The new Individual & Family Services (IFS) waiver brings some basic changes for families who have used the old IFS program to pay for recreational and therapeutic programs offered by local community organizations . . . (click here to read this bulleting from the Informing Families website.  To receive regular bulletins from Informing Families, go to www.informingfamilies.org.

 

Olympia Insider: We Support Supported Living
It's week three of the 2016 legislative session and developmental disabilities advocates are rallying on the capitol steps for a Supported Living wage increase.  Click here to hear advocates talk about the devastating impact of low wages on Supported Living professionals, their families, and the individuals they serve. 

 

Thank You Johnson Search Group
The Arc would like to thank Johnson Search Group for their generous donation to the community centers. This donation will allow the community centers to provide amazing programs and services to our members without raising the monthly rates. Along with this financial donation, Johnson Search Group staff also volunteer at the Valley Community Center helping out with events like Pirate Day, Thanksgiving Dinner and many more fun activities. Perry Paden, Senior Vice President of Johnson Search Group has expressed numerous times how much he enjoys volunteering with our members.

“Partnering with The Arc has been a great way for our company to get involved in the community. Not only are we able to help a wonderful organization, but we get to have a ton of fun doing it!” 
                                         JSP Senior Vice President, Perry Paden.


Click here to learn more about JSG

           

Upcoming Events

The Low Cost Toolbox: Communication, Scheduling, and Social Stories Webinar
Wednesday, February 10
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm PST. Shaun Wood, Board Certified Behavior Analyst from WISE will address ways to utilize easy and low-cost tools which can amplify your service and dramatically increase independence for people who use support services. Cost is $30. For registration questions email jaimie@gowise.org.

Life After High School Brown Bag
Wednesday, February 10
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Life After High School Brown Bag lunches give parents with a child in special education a chance to explore the challenging transition from school to adult life. Bring a lunch and your questions. To RSVP contact Brian Holloway at (509) 328-6326 or bholloway@arc-spokane.org.

Fathers Network
Thursday, February 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.

Movie Night (Ages 16-21)
Friday, February 12
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 4 Safety, a program of The Arc of Spokane. Contact Theresa Fears at (509) 328-6326 for more information.

Taste of Hope 8th Annual Auction
Friday, February 12
6:00 p.m. at Center Place, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. Hosted by The ISAAC Foundation, proceeds from this event help provide financial grants, emotional support programs for siblings, as well as weighted blankets and lap pads to families in the community who have a child diagnosed with Autism. Tickets are $65. For more information call (509) 325-1515.

Friday Night Jam - Valentine's Day Dance
Friday, February 12
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt. This is a Spokane Parks and Rec event for people with developmental disabilities age 18 and older. $6.00 per person. If participants require direct supervision then care providers need to attend. For more information contact Alice Busch at (509) 625-6245 or abusch@spokanecity.org.

Parents for Life
Wednesday, February 17
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.

Employment for Youth: From Competitive to Customized Employment
Thursday, February 18
8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at North Central High School Auditorium, 1611 N. Howard. This is a special seminar for educators and the community. Special guest speaker, Ellen Condon, M.Ed, Transition Program Director, University of Montana. For more information or to RSVP contact Linda Devlin at (509) 477-4377.

Temple Grandin Lecture: “Helping Different Kinds of Minds to be Successful”
Friday, February 19
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Central High School Auditorium (1600 N. Howard St., Spokane).  Temple Grandin will share her personal story, as well as her insights into the vibrant populations known as exceptional children.  Included among the exceptional children and adolescents whose needs Grandin will address are gifted students as well as those who have intense support needs. Admission is $20; please reserve tickets at
www.whitworth.edu/communityevent 

Temple Grandin Lecture: “Understanding Animal Behavior”
Saturday, February 20
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University. Grandin, an expert in animal behavior, has designed humane handling systems for half the cattle-processing facilities in the U.S. and is a consultant with the meat industry in developing animal-welfare guidelines. In this presentation, Grandin will draw from her years of research and her own experience with autism to provide insights into how animals think, act and feel. Admission is $20; please reserve tickets at
www.whitworth.edu/communityevent

First Time Homebuyer's Class
Tuesday, February 23 and Thursday, February 25
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Guild Mortgage Company, 12209 E Mission Ave. A two year certificate will be given to attendees. Contact Theresa Griffith at (509) 328-6326 for more information.

Wellness Recovery Action Planning (W.R.A.P.)
Tuesday, February 23 and Wednesday, February 24
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the WSU Campus, 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. W.R.A.P. is a recovery workshop that offers help for people facing mental health challenges and for those who care about them. Topics include: empowerment and responsibility, taking preventative action early, the importance of education, and much more. For room locations and to register call (509) 892-9241.

Life After High School Brown Bag
Wednesday, March 9
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. Life After High School Brown Bag lunches give parents with a child in special education a chance to explore the challenging transition from school to adult life. Bring a lunch and your questions. To RSVP contact Brian Holloway at (509) 328-6326 or bholloway@arc-spokane.org.

Fathers Network
Thursday, March 10
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.

Movie Night (Ages 16-21)
Friday, March 11
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 4 Safety, a program of The Arc of Spokane. Contact Theresa Fears at (509) 328-6326 for more information.

Walk with Thought
Saturday, March 12
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Centennial Trail along the Spokane River. Walk with others to raise community awareness for those living with brain injuries and other intellectual and cognitive disabilities. For more information visit www.walkwiththought.org.

Parents for Life
Wednesday, March 16
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 Homebuyer's Class
 Wednesday, March 23 and Thursday, March 24
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave, Spokane. A two year certificate will be given to attendees. Contact Theresa Griffith at (509) 328-6326 for more information.

Steps for Autism 5K Walk
Saturday, April 16
Mirabeau Park Picnic Shelter. Entry fee $20 with a t-shirt, family discounts available. For more information or to register visit www.nwautism.org or contact Kendra Korling at Northwest Autism, 528 E. Spokane Falls Blvd, Ste 14, Spokane. All proceeds from the walk will benefit the ISAAC Foundation and the Northwest Autism Center.

Courageous Kids Climbing Event
Saturday, April 23
Children with learning or physical disabilities learn how to climb an indoor rock wall. Participation will be limited to 15 school-age children. Parents should email JeffRiechmann@cs.com to reserve a spot for their child.

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