Family Support Conference - Connecting

Each year the Spokane County Parent Coalition (SCPC) hosts a Family Support Conference for parents, family members and care givers supporting a person with a developmental disability.  It's an important opportunity for people to connect with one another, share coping strategies, and learn about resources in the community that can make their lives better.

The theme for the 2016 conference is Connecting!

DATE:  Friday, October 7, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

LOCATION:  Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Rd, Spokane Valley

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Debra McLean

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  The cost is $20 for one registrant, $30 for two, lunch included (lunch will include vegetarian & gluten free options).  Click here to download a registration form.  Fill out the form and return it with your fees to:

        The Arc of Spokane
         ATTN: 2016  Family Support Conference
         320 E. 2nd Ave.
         Spokane, WA  99202

To pay online, click here.

FOR QUESTIONS OR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Suzette Wilson at (509) 328-6326 or swilson@arc-spokane.org.
 
SCHEDULE: 
9:00 a.m. - Registration Opens
9:30 a.m. - Conference Begins
11:30 a.m. - Lunch Served
2:30 p.m. - Conference Ends

BREAKOUTS OPTIONS:

Connect those Dots! - Envisioning a rich life through person-centered planning
Speaker:
Debra McLean
Description: If you think about it, everyone has a network of friends, family, and professionals who help us live rich and meaningful lives.  A person-centered plan helps families connect the dots to resources in a person’s life that can help them succeed and be happy.  Join person-centered planning expert Debra McLean as she explores the nuts and bolts of creating a person-centered plan. 

Oh, Behave! - Managing challenging behaviors in public and at home
Speaker: Jim Matthews, Clinical Director, SOAR Behavior Services
Description: Meltdowns. Outbursts. Tantrums. Too often the fear of challenging behaviors becomes a barrier to getting out of the house and exploring the community. In this breakout, Jim will explore some common root causes of behavioral challenges and offer strategies for addressing them based on the principles of positive behavioral support.  

We’re not lost, we’re just taking the scenic route—Mapping the DD System
Speaker: Ed Holen
Description: Have you ever gotten lost in the maze of acronyms associated with disability services: DSHS, DDA, SSI, MPC, CFC, IFS, DVR?  If you don’t even know what a “waiver” is, let alone why you might need one—or how to get one, join Ed Holen, executive director of the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council, for a guided tour of Washington’s developmental disability support system. 

Gizmos & Gadgets—Making assistive technology work for you
Speaker: John Gale
Description: John will talk about and demonstrate a variety of technological tools that can be used to help kids with disabilities communicate, learn, and have fun at home, school and in the community. Parents will be able to try out the different types of assistive technology devices discussed. 

I hear ya! - Finding support in peer support networks
Panel:
Brian Holloway, Jennifer Lee, & Holly Lytle
Description: Do you feel like no one “gets” your life?  For parents supporting a child with a developmental disability, feelings of social isolation are all too common.  Sharing your experiences, concerns and joys with someone who understands them can be profoundly uplifting.  Explore the support groups available in Spokane to parents, siblings and other family members supporting a person with a developmental disability with Brian Holloway of the Spokane Father’s Network; Holly Lytle of the ISAAC Foundation; and Jennifer Lee of The Arc of Spokane’s Parent to Parent program.
 

Special thanks to our sponsors:
THE ARC OF SPOKANE
DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ADMINISTRATION
NORTHWEST AUTISM CENTER
PARENT TO PARENT
PAVE
SPOKANE COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICES
SPOKANE GUILDS SCHOOL
WASHINGTON STATE FATHERS NETWORK
               

 

 

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