The Spokane County Parent Coalition (SCPC) is a network of about 1,500 parents in Spokane County supporting a child with an intellectual or developmental disability. We offer information about resources in the community, education about matters that are important to families, a strong advocacy effort, and leadership training for parents, self-advocates, caregivers and others. Working together, parents can strengthen one another, share resources, and offer strategies for overcoming the unique challenges they face. Parents are also a powerful, nonpartisan voice for positive change in the community. The SCPC offers:
Many parents supporting a child with a developmental disability do not know about the resources available to them in Spokane. Many have questions or encounter challenges as their child grows, attends school and prepares for adult life. Whatever your son or daughter’s age, whatever your question or concern, the SCPC is an information resource for parents supporting a child with a developmental disability. We may not know the answer to your question, but chances are we know someone who does. Call us.
The SCPC offers the following workshops each year. We also host other informational events about topics that are important to parents throughout the year.
Parents with young children receiving intensive therapy services through Washington’s Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) often find the transition to school challenging. Parents do not always know the laws governing IEPs (Individual Education Plan) and 504 Plans, and many feel overwhelmed during parent-teacher meetings. Our Birth-to-Three transition workshop helps parents prepare for the unique challenges they may face during their child’s school-age years.
Life After High School Transition
Every parent wants their child to enjoy a rich and fulfilling life, but parents of a child with a developmental disability often wonder about their future as an adult. Who will care for them? What will they do during the day? Will they be able to find a job, enjoy new experiences, and make friends? Where will they go when he can no longer live at home? These are important questions, and there are answers. This series helps parents plan for their son or daughter’s future as an adult.
Parents can be a strong, nonpartisan voice for all people with developmental disabilities. The SCPC informs parents about legislation being considered in Olympia that may affect them and their families, and we help parents become effective participants in the legislative process. During the state’s legislative session (January through April), the SCPC communicates with families through the Parent Connection (an e-mail list serve) and the Advocacy & Family Support Newsletter. As issues affecting people with developmental disabilities arise throughout the year, we help parents educate their elected representatives by encouraging them to call, e-mail or write a letter.
Many people want to build a better world for all people with developmental disabilities, and the SCPC’s 6-week Be a Leader! leadership development course helps them learn how to be effective advocates in their communities. Be a Leader! students learn how to use their unique strengths to inspire others and to bring about meaningful change for the better. Many graduates of the course have gone on to achieve great success, serving on community boards, starting support groups, and even founding a nonprofit organization.