Resource Guide

To update a resource or to add one to our list contact Brian Holloway at bholloway@arc-spokane.org.  Thank you.  Click here for a PDF of our printed resource guide, published by the Partnership 4 Safety. 

GENERAL RESOURCES
Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) - To apply for a determination of DDA eligibility, you will find detailed instructions and the forms you need to complete and DDA eligibility packet on the DDA website's 
eligibility page.  
CAREGIFTED - Gives respite to full-time, unpaid family caregivers through restorative all-expense paid getaways, and seeks to raise awareness about those caregivers.  For more information visit www.caregifted.org

Informing Families Building Trust (IFBT) -  A website that provides timely, trusted and easy-to-understand information to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.  The IFBT project provides accurate information about news/changes the Division of Developmental Disabilities , helpful resources, access to videos and news stories and much, much more.  See for yourself at www.informingfamilies.org.
Jessica Kingsly Publishers - www.jkp.com
Life Span Respite Washington - This respite voucher system provides short breaks for unpaid family caregivers.  To learn more call 1-800-678-5708 or visit www.lifespanrespitewa.org
Matrix Parent Network - A parent network offering many on-line resources for parents supporting a child with a developmental disability, including information about transition, special education, IEP/504 plans, behavior management, assistive technology and more.  Go to www.matrixparents.org.   
Register to Vote - Voter registration is faster and easier than ever.  Visit www.registertovote.org for more information. 
Washington Connection - This website offers a way for you to find and apply for a variety of services and assistance online.  Visit
www.washingtonconnection.org/home for more information.

BEHAVIOR SUPPORTS
Association for Positive Behavior Supports - A great website dedicated to providing Positive Behavior Supports for your child focusing on emotional and behavioral disorders.  http://www.apbs.org/new_apbs/emotionDesc.aspx
Boundless Assistive Technology - One stop resource for assistive technology sales and support. www.boundlessat.com
ChildBe - An online behavior management system for children. 
www.childbe.com
Special Learning - An online training for behavior management and fundamental ABA teaching techniques.  www.special-learning.com

CEREBRAL PALSY
Cerebral Palsy Guide - A website providing free support and resources to parents and families affected by Cerebral Palsy across the United States and abroad.  Go to www.cerebralpalsyguide.com.
Cerebral Palsy Guidance - A website providing vital guidance and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy.  Go to www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com.  
 

CHILDREN
Acceleration Therapy Services - Providing speech and physical therapy for children birth to 18 with developmental delays and disabilities. www.accelerationdeerpark.com
Autism PEC (Picture Exchange Communication System) - www.autismpecs.com is a site where PECS can be customized using real images and text by the parent or a teacher.  Parents can use real images familiar to the child.  This is a free site.
Center for Pediatric Therapy - For children birth to 18 years of age who present with delays in development and/or who are in need of specific therapy needs. They offer services to include physical, occupational, and speech therapy services. Some of the sub-specialties include addressing alignment issues, sensory processing difficulties, feeding and oral motor difficulties. Go to http://www.spokanecpt.com/
Children FIRST - Children FIRST provides early intervention services for infants and toddlers (birth-to-three years old) with special developmental needs. Services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, special education, behavior consultation/mental health services, vision services, hearing services and family resource coordination. Go to http://www.childrenfirstspokane.org/
Guide to Flying with a Child with Autism - www.e-aircraftsupply.com/aircraft_products/file/guide-to-flying-with-a-child
Infant Toddler Network - Assists families of children, birth to age three, who have developmental delays or have a condition that may result in a developmental delay.  www.srhd.org/services/itn.asp 
Martin Luther King Jr Family Outreach Center - A non-profit organization focusing on helping connect children with the services they need and education and support for the parents. For more information visit their website at www.mlkspokane.org.
MyAutismTeam - A free social network for parents of individuals with autism. Currently has over 59,000 parents from all over the U.S. and Canada.  To join or find out more information visit www.myautismteam.com.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) - Serving as the nations central source for information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth. This website has easy-to-read information on IDEA, the law authorizing early intervention services and special education.  Also there are state resource sheets that will help you to connect with the disability agencies and organizations in your state. Visit their website at http://nichcy.org/.
Northeast Youth Center - Operated by the City of Spokane's Parks & Recreation Department, this program provides low-cost recreational and educational opportunities that build life experiences while enhancing the self esteem of youth.  Go to www.spokaneyc.org.
Our Kids: Our Business - A campaign by the Spokesman-Review to help prevent child abuse in Spokane.  Go to
www.spokesmanreview.com/ourkids.
Seattle Children's - This is a hospital, foundation, and center for research located in Seattle, WA. Their website, www.seattlechildrens.org, offers a wide variety of information. Also, they have classes and various services that address a range of issues affecting children.
Spokane Guilds' School and Neuromuscular Center - For children age three or under, the Spokane Guild's School provides screening and therapy services for children with developmental or other disabilities.  Go to
www.guildschool.org.
Stepping Stones Pediatric Therapy - They provide occupational, physical, and speech therapy, as well as medical nutrition therapy services that are designed to meet the unique goals of each child and family in their home and community. Go to http://www.sspediatrictherapy.com/default.html
PASS (Player Adaptive Soccer Skills) - Community based soccer program that runs twice a year for six weeks.  Every player received a t-shirt and a buddy to help and encourage them while they play soccer.  This unique soccer program allows individuals from 4 years and older to participate at levels consistent with their skills.  For more information email or call Monaca Duff at monaca.PASS@gmail.com or 509-270-0251.
Washington State Department of Early Learning - www.del.wa.gov 
Youthful Horizons Therapy - Youthful Horizons Therapy provides a variety of adult and pediatric rehab and recovery services including pediatric physical therapy, pediatric occupational therapy, pediatric speech therapy, orthopedic and sports rehabilitation, massage therapy, aquatic therapy, yoga/pilates. Go to www.youthfulhorizonstherapy.com
Zero
to Three
- A website from the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families offering information for families of young children receiving intensive therapy services.  Go to www.zerotothree.org.  (Click Parenting Resources for a series of videos that explores why adult interaction with infants and toddlers is so important.) 
Additional Links:
  Routines and Children with Disabilities
  Beneficial Activities for Kids with Special Needs
  The Ultimate Guide to Flying with Autistic Children
  Teaching Students with Special Needs
  Homeschooling and Special Needs Children
  College Assistance Guide for People with ADHD
  Disability.gov’s Guide for Family Caregivers
  How Caregivers Can Take Better Care of Themselves
  Obesity and Children with Special Needs
  A Safety Guide for Disabled Pedestrians
  A New Savings Plan for the Disabled

COMMUNITY LIVING
Family Mentor Project -
A website for people with developmental disabilities who are transitioning into the community and their families.  Features a supported living locator and family mentor guide.  Click here: www.familymentorproject.info/resources

DISABILITY RIGHTS
DisAbility Rights Galaxy - A public awareness and disability advocacy project featuring articles, videos, discussion boards and more.  Go to www.disabilityrightsgalaxy.com
Inclusion Daily Express - An international disability rights news service.  Go to
www.inclusiondaily.com.

EDUCATION (School Districts)
Central Valley - 
(509) 228-5400
Cheney - (509) 559-4507
Deer Park - (509) 464-5525
East Valley (321) - (509) 927-9511 
Freeman - (509) 291-4791
Great Northern - (509) 747-7714
Liberty - (509) 624-4371
Mead - (509) 465-7600
Medical Lake - (509) 565-3408
Nine Mile Falls - (509) 340-4300
Orchard Prairie - (509) 467-9517
Riverside - (509) 464-8361 
Spokane (81) - (509) 354-5900
West Valley - (509) 924-2150

College Resources for Students with Disabilities - www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/resources-for-students-with-disabilities
Cord Blood Center -  cordbloodbanking.com provides the latest up-to-date information and free resources for expecting parents. There have been over 35,000 cord blood transplants thanks to donors worldwide. With more awareness we can increase this number and help save the lives of children suffering from autism, spinal cord injury, and other disabilities.
Moneygeek.com - A website offering free financial tools, calculators and resources to simplify choices for your money and your future.  This website has a scholarship guide for students with disabilities.  Go to www.moneygeek.com.

We Connect Now -
A website for college students who have learning or other disabilities.  Go to www.weconnectnow.wordpress.com

Think College - A website for people with intellectual disabilities who would like to attend college.  Go to www.thinkcollege.net.

EDUCATION ADVOCACY
PAVE (Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment) -
A nonprofit organization helping families navigate the special education system, (509) 570-8512.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Spokane Prepares - 
A website offering information about how people with disabilities and special needs in Spokane can prepare for emergencies and natural disasters.  Go to
www.spokaneprepares.org for more information. 

EMPLOYMENT
The Arc of Spokane
- A non-profit organization providing supported employment and job training services in Spokane County.  See our Supported Employment page on this site or call (509) 328-6326.
The Artisans - A non-profit organization providing community-based jobs for people with developmental disabilities through various services for private and commercial employers.  Call (509) 325-4489.
The Bridge Project - A Spokane County program that helps bridge the funding gap for people with developmental disabilities that need employment services but do not have a Medicaid waiver to pay for those services.  Contact Michelle Baker at 509-477-5969 or the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation at 509-363-4700.
Career Assistance for People with Autism - www.hloom.com/career-assistance-for-people-with-autism
Career Path Services - A private, non-profit corporation providing employment and job training services in Spokane County since 1971.  Go to
www.careerpathservices.org or (509) 326-7520.
ENSO - A non-profit organization offering state-of-the-art employment supports using an individualized planning process, choice in design of individual supports and a personalized resource department.  Contact Katherine Titus at
katherine@enso.ws or Jeannie Loy at jeanne@enso.ws or by phone at (509) 329-6010.
Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest - A non-profit organization providing employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities through a network of second-hand clothing and household goods stores.  Go to
www.giin.org for information about operations in the northwest.
Job Resource Center - Provides jobsite training services to a wide variety of Spokane area businesses, including Supported Employment for persons with developmental and other cognitive disabilities.  Call (509) 209-2693.   
NOVA Services - A local non-profit providing employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.  Go to
www.nova-services.org or (509) 928-1588.
PACE Services - Assisting people with significant obstacles to employment or community inclusion in achieving their career goals through education, resource coordination and vocational support.  Go to
www.iel.spokane.edu/abe/pace or call (509) 533-8577.  
Peaceful Valley Community Center - Offering a wide range of opportunities for working age as well as retired individuals.  Call (509) 624-8634.
Skils'kin - A non-profit organization in Spokane providing employment and community living services for people with developmental disabilities.  Go to
www.skils-kin.org.
SL Start and Associates, Inc. - A local company providing a variety of services for people with physical and developmental disabilities, including living support as well as employment training and support.  Go to
www.slstart.com or call (509) 328-2740.

FAITH BASED
The Inclusive Church - An online resource to help churches successfully include children with special needs.  www.theinclusivechurch.wordpress.com.
Serve Spokane "Still Waters" Special Needs Ministry - An multi-denominational source for faith-based activities, Bible study and worship services for people with developmental disabilities and their families.  Contact Laurie for a monthly calendar of events.
     Life Center North - (509) 444-8445
     Lean on Me (Greg) - (509) 326-6716
     Serve Spokane (Vinny & Cathy) - (509) 238-4467
     The Friendship Group (Carl & Luci) - (509) 489-7047
     Full Circle (Michelle Smith) - (509) 869-2745
     Laurie (News Letter) - (509) 238-2304
 
FAMILY SUPPORT
Washington State Department of Early Learning/Strengthening Families - An initiative through the WA State Dept of Early Learning to provide tools and resources for families to help strengthen and support them.  http://www.del.wa.gov/development/strengthening/ 

GOVERNMENT
Developmental Disabilities Council - A council working with elected officials to develop a comprehensive system of services for people with developmental disabilities in Washington State.  Council members include citizens with developmental disabilities and family members.  Go to
www.ddc.wa.gov.  
Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), Region 1 - A division of the State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services, DDD administers state-provided benefits to people with developmental disabilities and their families.  Go to
www.dshs.wa.gov/ddd/region1
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) - Part of the Department of Social and Health Services, DVR assists people with disabilities to prepare for, obtain and retain community employment.  Go to 
www.dshs.wa.gov/dvr or call (509) 363-4700 or 1 (800) 468-9763.
Plan to Work - Providing free benefits planning and work incentive information to help people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) make informed choices about work.  Call (509) 444-3087 or 1 (866) 497-9443.
Social Security Administration (SSA) - Providing benefits to eligible individuals insured under Social Security as well as benefits to those eligible for Supplemental Security Income.  Go to
www.socialsecurity.gov/work or call 1 (800) 772-1213.
Spokane County Community Services (SCCS) - Working in partnership with Region 1 Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), SCCS administers a range of programs by subcontracting with local agencies to provide support and services to people with developmental disabilities and their families.  Go to
www.spokanecounty.org/communitysvcs/

GUARDIANSHIP
Informing Families, Building Trust - Click here to watch a series of short videos exploring guardianship, alternatives to guardianship, and the rights and responsibilities of guardianship. 
Spokane Guardianship Monitoring Program -
Implemented to improve the Superior Court's ability to monitor guardians' handling of the ongoing care and financial affairs of Spokane County's incapacitated citizens under court-supervised guardianships.  Go to www.spokanecounty.org/superiorcourt for a list of frequently asked questions and other information, or call (509) 477-2626. 
Disability Rights Washington - Learn the procedures for terminating or modifying a guardianship under Washington State law.  Visit www.disabilityrightswa.org/tools-help-you/guardianship
The Arc of Washington State - Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about guardianship.   
Washington Courts - Provides questions and answers, resource links, and educational resources related to guardianship.  Visit www.courts.wa.gov
Washington Law Help - Provides questions and answers, resource links, and alternatives to guardianship.  Visit www.washingtonlawhelp.org

HEALTH & HEALTHCARE
How to Appeal a Health Care Insurance Decision: A Guide for Consumers in Washington State - Click here to read this step-by-step guide for health care consumers.  
Maxim Healthcare Services - A home care provider offering Medically Intensive Home Healthcare (MIHHC) and Companion (Non-Medical) services to promote, maintain and restore health and minimize the effects of illness and disability.  Go to www.maximhealthcare.com or call (500) 324-6421.
Taking Charge of my Health - Information and resources to help teens and young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families and care givers to address health issues, including transitioning from pediatric to adult healthcare, living more independently and becoming a self-advocate.  Go to www.takingchargeofmyhealth.org
The Life-Changing Impact of Autism Service Dogs - https://www.rover.com/blog/autism-service-dogs
Sensory Homes: Homes that Heal - Contact John Ellis at (509) 795-9497 or john@sensoryhomes.com for more information.

HISTORY
Parallels in Time
- A brief but comprehensive summary of how people with developmental disabilities have been regarded and treated through history created by the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities.  Go to
www.mnddc.org/parallels/.
A Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story - An award-winning documentary about Bill Sackter, a Minnesota man with a developmental disability whose life took a dramatic turn for the better when a community embraced him after 44 years in an institution.  Nonfiction, 90 minutes (and worth every second).  Go to www.billsackter.com.   

HOUSING
Accessible Space, Inc -  A nationwide, nonprofit website dedicated to connecting adults with physical disabilities to housing resources and service providers in their area.  www.accessiblespace.org
Adult Family Home Locator - A search engine for adult family homes in Washington State provided by the Department of Social and Health Services.  Search by county or specialty (dementia, mental health, developmental disabilities, etc.).  Click here to visit the webpage.
DDA's Residential Services Guide - A summary of the various of living arrangements that may be available to people with developmental disabilities living in Washington through the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).  Contact your DDA case worker for questions about qualifying for services and housing availability.  Click here to visit the webpage.
DDA's Supported Living Program Locator - A search engine for supported living programs in Washington State provided by the Department of Social and Health Services.  Search by county and region (Spokane is in Region 1).  Contact your DDA case worker for questions about qualifying for services and housing availability.  Click here to visit the webpage.

Expertise.com - This guide aims to make the federal grants available easier to understand and to help people take advantage of them.  www.expertise.com/home-and-garden/home-remodeling-for-disability-and-special-needs.
Habitat for Humanity - A local nonprofit that builds, reconstructs and repairs single and multi-family homes for and with deserving people in our community.  Go to www.habitat-spokane.org for more information.
Moneygeek.com - A website offering free financial tools, calculators and resources to simplify choices for your money and your future.  This website has a resources for adapting a home for a person with disabilities.  Go to www.moneygeek.com
Additional Links:
  A Guide for Disabled Homebuyers
  Financial Assistance for Accessibility Home Repairs and Modifications
  Home Accessibility Costs

LEGAL RESOURCES
Special Needs Alliance (SNA) - A nonprofit comprised of attorneys who have guided thousands of families through the process of planning for a loved one's long-term well-being.  Many SNA members have children or siblings with disabilities, adding a personal perspective to their legal insights.  http://www.specialneedsalliance.org/ 

MEDIATION
Northwest Mediation Center - A resource for families whom are going through difficult divorce proceedings, guardianship issues, etc. www.nwmediationcenter.com

MENTAL ILLNESS RESOURCES
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- An organization providing advocacy and support for people with mental illness.  Go to
www.namispokane.org.   

ORGANIZATIONS
The Arc of the United States - Get news and information about national issues or find a chapter of The Arc anywhere in the United States at
www.thearc.org.
The Arc of Washington State - Get news and information about state issues or find a chapter of The Arc in Washington State at
www.arcwa.org.
The Autism Society of Washington - A non-profit organization addressing issues related to autism across Washington State.  Go to 
www.autismsocietyofwa.org.
The Down's Syndrome Family Network - A national non-profit addressing issues related to Down's Syndrome.  Contact Carolyn Wright for information and activities in Spokane (509) 455-7439. 
Easter Seals Washington - A non-profit organization providing a variety of services for people with physical and intellectual disabilities.  Go to
www.wa.easterseals.com or locally (509) 326-8292.
Epilepsy Foundation Northwest - Contact Ryan Oelrich at (509) 325-1128 for  information about resources and activities in Spokane.
Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center - A non-profit community-based social service organization with educational, health, and social services that are culturally responsive and focused on improving the quality of life for children, youth, and families, the Center is a dynamic organization making a positive impact on the greater Spokane community.  Go to www.mlkspokane.org or locally (509) 455-8722. 

The March of Dimes Foundation - A non-profit organization working to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defect, premature birth and infant mortality.  Go to
www.marchofdimes.com/washington or locally (509) 328-1920.
The Northwest Autism Center - A non-profit organization in Spokane providing information for families about autism and related conditions.  Go to
www.nwautism.org
People First of Washington - A state-wide organization of "self advocates" (people with developmental disabilities) working to encourage greater respect for those with differing abilities in Washington State.   

Project id - A local organization established to provide recreation, social, work and other life opportunities for adults (and their families) with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Spokane County.  For more information contact Pat or Dixie Costigan at projectidspokane@gmail.com or (509) 475-7185.
SCIL (Spokane Center for Independent Living) - Formerly known as CORD, SCIL is a grassroots, consumer driven agency delivering independent living services throughout Eastern Washington.  Go to scilwa.org.

Spokane Alliance
- An organization comprised of local churches, unions and non-profit organizations, the Spokane Alliance helps citizens organize for the community good.  Go to
www.spokanealliance.org
Spokane County United Way - A locally managed non-profit providing a wide variety of information and resources to people in need on our community.  Go to
www.unitedwayspokane.org.

ON-LINE and PRINT PUBLICATIONS
Apostrophe Magazine
- A Montana-based print magazine featuring stories and photos about people with disabilities who are achieving great things in their lives.  To subscribe, go to www.apostrophemagazine.com or call (406) 563-8117. 
Autism NOW - A national autism resource and information center providing resources and information for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, their families, caregivers and others.  Go to
www.autismnow.org.
Ability Awareness - a non-profit organization dedicated to building a world of inclusion for people with health conditions and disabilities. Go to www.ABILITYAwareness.org.
Ability Jobs - The largest stand-alone resume bank for people with disabilities. Go to
www.ABILITYJobs.com.
Ability Magazine - The largest magazine in the U.S. covering disability issues. Go to
www.ABILITYMagazine.com.  
Cerebral Palsy Guide - A website providing free educational materials, financial options and emotional support for those affected by cerebral palsy.  Go to www.cerebralpalsyguide.com.
Disability Rights Galaxy - A public awareness and disability advocacy project featuring articles, videos, discussion boards, and more.  Go to www.disabilityrightsgalaxy.com.
Healthy Children - A website for parents endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics providing information about children's health. Go to
www.healthychildren.org.
Knowledge & Involvement Network - A monthly e-newsletter designed to help individuals with disabilities and their families advocate for community services. Subscribe at
www.familysupportclearinghouse.org.
Raising Buckshot: A Family's Experience with Autism - In this book a loving mother shares the story of raising a child with special needs. Seasoned with humor and hope, J.Tau reminisces over the trials and victories bringing up her autistic son, a story that is sure to inspire.  Go to www.raisingbuckshot.com

Special Needs Parenting - An on-line magazine for parents of children with disabilities or special needs. Go to
www.parentingspecialneeds.org.
Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids - A resource directory for parents of children with disabilities. Go to
www.yellowpagesforkids.com.

PROVIDER DIRECTORY - www.nwautism.org/directory

RECREATION or THERAPY
Aquatic Therapy for Children with Autism - www.saveonpoolsupplies.com/landing/aquatic-therapy-for-children-with-autism
Babe Ruth Bambino Buddy Ball
- A support-based baseball league for people with disabilities ages 5 through 20. For more information contact Leslie at (509) 251-2588 or
bambinobballmom1@yahoo.com.
Camp Fire USA, Inland Northwest Council - A local non-profit providing camping opportunities for people with developmental disabilities ages 5 through 21 through the You Bet I Can! program.  Go to
www.campfireinc.org
Camp Prime Time - A camp for children who are seriously ill or developmentally disabled, provides an outdoor wilderness experience where families can enjoy themselves in a supportive atmosphere without financial burden.  http://campprimetime.org/index.html
Center Point - A local non-profit providing social and leisure opportunities for people with developmental disabilities during the day.  Call (509) 325-5451. 
Center for Music Therapy - Music therapy is a time-tested, gentle, and highly effective approach to enhancing a person's mental and emotional well-being.  Located at 1717 W. 6th Ave., Ste. 4, Spokane, WA 99204.  Visit CMT's website at www.musictherapyspokane.com or contact Kim McMillin, RN, MA, MT-BC, RPT, LMHC, LMFT (CO) at (509) 979-4357 or musictherapy4health@gmail.com.
Challenger Division Little League Baseball - A local program providing ability-appropriate play for children with developmental disabilities ages 5 through 18.  For more information contact: In north or south Spokane, Heather Sutherland (509) 747-0508; on the west plains, Dawn Schafer (509) 624-9554; in Central Valley, Deanna Ristau, (509) 701-4411; in all other areas, Heather Sutherland (509) 951-7990. Click here to watch an introductory video.   
Courageous Kids Climbing - A climbing group that helps children with special needs reach their climbing potential.  Visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CourageousKidsClimbing/  
East Central Community Center - A local activity center providing social and recreational activities for people with developmental disabilities of retirement age.  Call (509) 625-6693.  
Gonzaga University Specialized Recreation Program - A volunteer organization sponsored by students of Gonzaga University providing recreational opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.  Go to
www.gonzaga.edu or call (509) 328-4220.
Free Rein Therapeutic Riding - A local program providing horseback riding and other equine activities for therapeutic purposes.  Go to
www.freereignspokane.org
Horse Heritage Educational Program - A local program providing horseback riding and other equine activities for therapeutic purposes.  Go to
www.horseheritage.org

Lutherhaven Ministries - A local, faith-based organization providing camping and summer activities for people with developmental disabilities in and around Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.  Go to
www.lutherhaven.com.
PASS (Player Adaptive Soccer Skills) - Community based soccer program that runs twice a year for six weeks.  Every player received a t-shirt and a buddy to help and encourage them while they play soccer.  This unique soccer program allows individuals from 4 years and older to participate at levels consistent with their skills.  For more information email or call Monaca Duff at monaca.PASS@gmail.com or 509-270-0251.
Sinto Senior Activity Center - Providing programs and services in education, recreation, nutrition and addressing social and spiritual needs since 1958.  Call (509) 327-4210.
Special Olympics Washington - A non-profit organization providing athletic and other competitive events for people with developmental disabilities.  Go to
www.sowa.org.
Special Olympics Young Athletes - A sports play program that introduces children ages 2 through 7 to the world of sports prior to Special Olympics eligibility. Contact Mary Timm Mueller at (509) 290-6704 or
marytimmmueller@msn.com or go to www.specialolympics.org/Young_Athletes.aspx.
Therapeutic Recreations Services (TRS) - The City of Spokane's Parks and Recreations department has a wide variety of opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to get outside, get active, and have fun.  Click here to go to view the TRS website and view a calendar of activities.
Upward Special Kids - A program providing recreational opportunities in basketball and cheerleading to children with physical or intellectual challenges.  Contact Angie Cameron at (509) 230-3368 or the Spokane Valley Nazarene church (509) 926-1545.
West Central Community Center - A local activity center providing social and recreational activities for people with developmental disabilities in our community. Call (509) 323-7517.
Willow Song Music Therapy Center - Carla Carnegie, MT-BC, NMT is an experienced board-certified music therapist and musician with training on the violin, accordion, guitar, piano, percussive instruments and vocals.  She has extensive experience working with older adults and individuals with neurologic disorders.  Located at E. 21101 Wellesley, Ste. 102, Otis Orchards, WA 99037.  Visit on-line at www.willowsongmusictherapy.com or call Carla at (509) 592-7875.

RESOURCE GUIDES
Autism Speaks Resource Guide -
www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-guide
Spokane Resource Guide - A resource guide for families of children with developmental disabilities in Spokane published by The Partnership 4 Safety, a program of The Arc of Spokane working to prevent abuse and exploitation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Contact Theresa Fears at (509) 328-6326 or 
tfears@arc-spokane.org for a copy.  
Starting Point Guide - A resource guide for children with special health care needs in Washington State, published by Seattle Children's Hospital.  Download a copy on-line at www.cshcn.org by clicking "New Diagnosis?  Get Started."  

SELF-ADVOCACY
People First of Washington - A self-advocacy group for people with disabilities who are people first; their disabilities are secondary.  Go to
www.peoplefirstofwashington.org.
SAIL (Self-Advocates In Leadership) of Washington - A statewide coalition in Washington State of people with developmental disabilities working to shape public policies that affect their lives. 
Self-Advocacy Online - A website for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are just learning about their rights and responsibilities or who want to connect with self-advocacy groups in their areas.  Go to
www.selfadvocacyonline.org.   

SIGN LANGUAGE RESOURCES
The Moose Project - Providing quality education, support, and resources through the use of both sign language and the spoken word to all children and families in our community. www.mooseproject.net

SUPPORT GROUPS
ANUE - Autistic Network of Unique Eccentrics - A volunteer membership association and self-advocacy network of autistic adults, friends and advocates.  The focus is mutual support, resources, education, and social events.  Visit www.anueadults.org for more information.  Membership is free.
Autism Society of Washington (Spokane Chapter) -
www.autismsocietyofwa/asw-spokane.org
Chapter Meeting - 3rd Wednesday monthly, 6:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Rehab Center, Conf. Rm. 200, 711 S. Cowley, Spokane. 
Teen & Young Adult Social Group (for peope with Asperger's) - 3rd Sunday monthly, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Service Station Coffee House, 9317 N. Nevada, Spokane.  Bring a game to share.

CP Family Network - A place for community members to have conversations and share ideas to better the lives of their children.  Join the discussion! Click here  or more information and to create an account. 
Down Syndrome Family Network
Saturday Breakfast - 2nd Saturday in February, April, June, August, October and December, 9:00 a.m. at Jenny's Cafe, 9425 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley.  Contact Carolyn Spradley at
theothercarolyn@yahoo.com or (509) 499-8792.
Epilepsy Foundation Northwest Spokane -
www.epilepsynw.org 
Monthly Meeting - 3rd Wednesday monthly, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Rec Room, 1522 N. Washington, Spokane.  Contact Ryan Oelrich at roelrich@epilepsynw.org or (509) 325-1128.
Families In Support of Hearing (F.I.S.H.) - Contact Kim Schafer at
kim@spokanehopeschool.org or (509) 863-7097.
Parent to Parent - A program of The Arc of Spokane, this support group is for parents, guardians and other family members supporting a child with special healthcare needs.  Call (509) 328-6326.
 
Parents for Life - A program of The Arc of Spokane, this support group is for parents, guardians and other family members supporting a child with a developmental disability who is age 20 or older.  Call (509) 328-6326
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People First of Washington -
www.peoplefirstsv.com
Lilac Chapter - 2nd & 4th Tuesday monthly, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Downtown Public Library, Lower Conference Rm., 906 W. Main St., Spokane.
Spokane Valley Chapter - 2nd & 4th Tuesday monthly, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Ambitions Auditorium, 511 N. Argonne, Spokane. 
Spina Bifida Association of Washington State - Contact Ed Kennedy at (509) 768-6379.
Spokane Father's Network -
www.spokanefathersnetwork.com
Monthly Meeting  - 2nd Thursday monthly, 6:30 p.m. at The Arc of Spokane, 320 E. 2nd Ave., Spokane.  For fathers of children with special needs.  Contact Brian Holloway (509) 328-6326.

Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor's Network - www.tbiwa.org
TBI Survivor Support Group - 2nd Wednesday monthly, 7:00 p.m. at St. Luke's Rehab Center, 711 S. Cowley, Conf. Rm. 200, Spokane.  Contact Craig Sicilia at (509) 218-7982 or craig@biawa.spokane.org
Spokane County TBI Survivor Support Group - 4th Wednesday monthly, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Spokane County Library, 12004 E. Main St., Spokane Valley.  Contact Craig Sicilia (509) 218-7982 or Toby Brown (509) 868-5388.
North Idaho TBI Survivor Support Group - 3rd Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kootenai Medical Center, 2003 Lincoln Way, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.  Contact Ron Grigsby (208) 659-5459.
Washington State Sibs - A companion to the SibNet Yahoogroup and Facebook groups. A warm, thoughtful, informative community where young adult and adult siblings from around Washington state can share information and discuss issues of common interest. It is a closed group. Sponsored by the Seattle-based Sibling Support Project. To join, visit www.facebook.com/groups/washingtonstatesibs.

TECHNOLOGY
Washington Access Fund
- A nonprofit, Community Development Financial Institution established by and for people with disabilities in Washington State, providing low-interest loans and other financing services to help individuals with disabilities obtain the technologies and business equipment needed to live more independently.  Go to www.washingtonaccessfund.org or call 1 (877) 428-5116.

TRANSITION
AIRLIFT Person Centered Planning Guide - A self-directed questionnaire app to help people with developmental disabilities and their families plan for their transition from high school to adult life.  Go to www.mylifeplan.guide.   
Youth Transition Handbook - The Youth Transition Handbook is intended to be used as a technical assistance tool for transition planning.  This handbook's focus is on high school students transitioning (going from one period of life to another) from high school to employment.  Click here to read the handbook. 
Washington Relay - A free service that provides full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, or have a speech disability. For more information visit www.washingtonrelay.org.

TRANSPORTATION
Kersey Mobility
- A private company offering wheelchair accessible conversion vans, mobility lifts for vehicles, and accessible vehicle rentals.  Go to www.kerseymobility.com or call 1 (866) 626-8267.
The Mobility Resource - A great resource for information on adaptive equipment for various modes of transportation.  www.themobilityresource.com
Spokane Transit Authority (STA) - Providing transportation opportunities for people with disabilities through fixed and para-transit routes and mobility training for people with developmental disabilities.  Go to
www.spokanetransit.com or call (509) 328-7433 or TTY (509) 456-4327.
Spokane Regional Bike Map - A great website with interactive maps showing bicycle routes and trails.  https://srtc.maps.acrgis.com/home
 

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