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Disability History, Activism & Pride

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Presentation — Disability History, Activism & Pride

 On October 20th, 2021, the Edmonds School District Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) invited The Arc of Snohomish County to give a presentation on the history of the disability rights movement in the United States. This special invitation was made in conjunction with the district’s recognition of Disability History Awareness Month, celebrated throughout the month of October.

The presentation to SEAC was given by Whitney Stohr, Parent to Parent Coordinator at The Arc of Snohomish County. The presentation covered a number of historical highlights and monumental events that marked the early disability rights movement and the advancement toward modern disability justice.

An expanded recording of the presentation is available HERE 

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Whitney Stohr is a Parent to Parent Coordinator at The Arc of Snohomish County. She is passionate about advocating for medically complex children and children with disabilities, and their families. She is a mom and medical caregiver herself, who is energized by working closely with other parent/family caregivers. She lives with her three-year-old son Malachi and husband Jason in Lynnwood. Connect with her online at whitney@arcsno.org.

AROUND THE ARC: NEW HIRES

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AROUND THE ARC: NEW HIRES

Courtney Criss — Independent Living Coordinator

 

The Arc of Snohomish County is happy to welcome Courtney Criss to our team!

A Message from Courtney:

My name is Courtney Criss, and I am the Independent Living Coordinator for the Arc. My husband and I live in Marysville with our four beautiful, talented, amusing children. Two of them were born with Down syndrome. I have served on the Board of Directors of The Down Syndrome Community of Puget Sound, and I currently volunteer with them by teaching a parent class about inclusion in education (Ready, Set, Kindergarten). I have been a stay-at-home-mom for the past two years and am excited about returning to employment in a field that means so much to me and my family.

Connect with Courtney by email, at courtney@arcsno.org, or by phone at 425-258-2459 x 113.

Focus on Transportation

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The Arc of Snohomish County: Focus on Transportation

Originally published by The Arc of Snohomish County in Leadership Newsletter (2021, Issue 3)

Transportation is an essential service of everyday life. Whether it’s going to the store, work, a doctor’s appointment, or simply visiting a friend, everyone needs transportation. For the DD [Developmental Disabilities] community, accessible transportation continues to be difficult to obtain.

SNOTRAC

Snotrac advocates for connecting people and communities in Snohomish County and beyond with safe, equitable, and accessible transportation. Snotrac’s priorities include creating & coordinating mobility services, education, outreach, and engagement, planning & design of livable communities, securing public support & funding, and emergency response coordination. For more information on Snotrac or to join in their advocacy efforts, check them out at https://www.gosnotrac.org/.

DISABILITY RIGHTS WASHINGTON

At Disability Rights Washington, access to transportation is consistently listed as one of the top concerns for their constituents. Those who can’t drive or don’t have access to a car are more likely to be disabled, BIPOC, indigenous, and immigrants. There are also elders and young people, as well as those who can’t afford to own or maintain a vehicle.

DRW believes in a model of change that begins with sharing stories with each other. DRW’s organizing and these stories will begin to shift the narrative that only drivers in Washington State have mobility needs worth prioritizing. Read DRW’s research paper, and if you’re a non-driver and live in Washington State, DRW wants to connect with you through their story map. For more information about DRW, check them out at https://www.disabilityrightswa.org/.

COMMUNITY TRANSIT TRAVEL TRAINING PROGRAM

Need help figuring out the bus system? Community Transit’s Travel Training program could be the tool you need. The Travel Training program is designed to teach the basic skills necessary to ride the Community Transit’s bus service. Travel Trainers ride with you during training, guiding you through the transit experience all the way to your destination. Travel Training is geared for anyone who needs a little extra help navigating the transit system, including

  • Senior citizens
  • Students
  • People with disabilities
  • Non-English speakers
  • New residents
  • New riders

The program is customized to meet your individual needs and can last from one hour to several sessions – as long as you need to feel safe and confident. Signing up is easy and there is no cost to you.

EVERETT TRANSIT

Everett Transit is committed to providing equal access to all services. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity and access for persons with disabilities. Information for Everett Transit ADA compliance and complaints can be found here.

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Contact: Email Leigh@arcsno.org or Jake@arcsno.org

READ-ALOUD The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin

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READ-ALOUD

The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin

Read by Whitney Stohr, Parent to Parent Coordinator

Have you ever heard The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin?

Do you know what he did? How he once saved Halloween for everyone?

Spookley the Square Pumpkin was different. All the other pumpkins teased him, until Spookley proved that being different can save the day!

Join Whitney Stohr, a Parent to Parent Coordinator at The Arc of Snohomish County, as she reads: The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, written by Joe Troiano and illustrated by Susan Banta (published 2001 by Holiday Hill Enterprises).

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A partire dalla fine di marzo 2022, sono clic entrate in vigore le modifiche alle norme per la registrazione e l'esame dei farmaci, tra cui l'aggiunta di procedure di registrazione accelerate e semplificate, la riduzione dei tempi di esame per alcune procedure e l'ampliamento delle opzioni di deposito elettronico.

Whitney Stohr is a Parent to Parent Coordinator at The Arc of Snohomish County. She is passionate about advocating for medically complex children and children with disabilities, and their families. She is a mom and medical caregiver herself, who is energized by working closely with other parent/family caregivers. She lives with her three-year-old son Malachi and husband Jason in Lynnwood.

Contact: whitney@arcsno.org.

Supported Living in Arlington: Havalah's Story

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Supported Living in Arlington

Havalah is a 34 year old woman with I/DD and has lived in a house shared with older male roommate with Down syndrome for two years now.  A caregiver is on staff at the apartment 24 hours a day.   In a typical day, Havalah is learning how to take care of her home and a caregiver is there to prepare meals and assist with chores.  On Sundays, she enjoys the Voices of the Village concerts at Smokey Point.  She loves watching the kites at Boxcar Park in Everett.   A special treat is going to Courageous Connections to visit the horses.

Havalah’s caregiving is provided by Village Community Services.  Village is contracted through DDA.  Havalah’s CORE waiver allows her to receive 24 hour caregiving.  Her family takes comfort in knowing Village’s caregivers are specially trained in assisting adults with I/DD and are continually receiving education.  

Havalah pays for her reduced rent (due to a housing voucher) from her monthly SSI benefit.  The rest of her SSI goes towards other living expenses.  Her parents set up a special needs trust through the Developmental Disabilities Endowment Trust Fund.  She does not have an ABLE account yet although her parents will likely set up one soon.  Without an ABLE account, her account balance needs to remain under $2000.   Special Needs Trusts are able to pay for anything to make her life better like medical care, electronics, hobbies, and entertainment.  The trust is not designed for basic expenses because that is what SSI (public benefits) should be used for.

In order to receive services from Village, an individual must be qualified for a CORE waiver through DDA.  Village may be able to place a client in an apartment with other clients if there is a vacancy.   Village considers roommate compatibility and support needs among other factors when accepting clients.  In addition to caregiving, Village offers employment services and an experience learning center where clients gain life skills and job readiness in a fun environment.

If you want to start planning for your loved one’s independent living future, contact the Arc of Snohomish County and we can help you create a plan based on your vision.

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Courtney Criss, Independent Living Coordinator, The Arc of Snohomish County
Courtney@arcsno.org | 425-258-2459 ext. 113

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