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A Community Story: “Amazing Mamas,” Friendship and Fun

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A Community Story: “Amazing Mamas,” Friendship and Fun


 Jill Ford Amazing Mamas

Jill Ford is a Snohomish County mom of a child with a disability and a leader in her community.

Recently, Jill joined other mom friends for a weekend camping get-away. This group of moms met years ago through their connection to The Arc as parents and loved ones of people with disabilities. Each of these moms are trained Arc leaders and engaged members of their communities.

Here is the story Jill shared:

I had sooooo much fun last weekend camping with friends. It’s our 5th annual “Amazing Mamas” camping trip.

We all have a child with special needs or are very involved with loved ones with special needs. There really is nothing like the comfort of finding people who just get it, jump into help without asking, and aren’t afraid. Our glow stick parade through the campground was the best.

If you are a special needs family and are feeling isolated and lonely (which, if you are a special needs family, you probably feel this way) seek out your local Arc chapter.

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My daughter attends Sibshops, and I have attended Mother’s Network meetings with The Arc of Snohomish County. It’s between those groups that I befriended other moms who “get it.” Both my daughter and I have made friends for life!

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READ-ALOUD: I’m Basically a Unicorn

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I’m Basically a Unicorn — A Celebration of What Makes Us Unique


This book is a celebration of our unique traits and abilities that will help us realize we are all basically unicorns! From unique traits that make us look or feel a bit different, to different abilities, this book is for everyone. No matter our abilities, strengths, or weaknesses, each of us is precious, rare, and beautiful.

This book can open dialogue about uniqueness, inclusion and the beauty of diversity.

Click here to read more.

Join Whitney Stohr, Leadership & Independent Living Program Manager at The Arc of Snohomish County, as she reads: I’m Basically a Unicorn — A Celebration of What Makes Us Unique, by author/illustrator Melanie Hawkins (published 2020 by Inspire Joy Publishing, LLC).

LEGO & Art Zoom Club — Project Showcase

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LEGO & Art Zoom Club — Project Showcase

Luca Keogh, a regular member of the monthly LEGO & Art Zoom Club, was thrilled about completing his most recent project — a T-REX dinosaur that he had been working on over the past several club meet-ups.

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That is quite the project!

The Arc of Snohomish County hosts the virtual LEGO & Art Club on the Second Sunday of each month, from 1 to 2 PM. Kids and families of all ages and abilities are welcome! (Parents are welcome to join, too!) Bring your favorite LEGO kit or a recent art project and join in the fun and conversation.

Register to attend the next LEGO & Art Club meet-up through our online calendar, available at

Happy Father’s Day!!

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Happy Father’s Day!!


The Arc of Snohomish County wishes all of the fathers, dads, papas and pops, across Snohomish County, the very best Father’s Day.

For all that you do to support, uplift and strengthen your family and each family member, and for all that you are to your children, your partner, your parents, your colleagues and your community — we celebrate your commitment, your involvement and your continual acts of caring and nurturing.

Happy Father’s Day, too, to all men who step up as father figures and role models for children in their lives. The grandfathers, the uncles, the friends… your role is essential, and we recognize and celebrate you today.

Happy Father’s Day to all!

Hundreds Attend Inaugural Arlington PRIDE 2022 Celebration

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Hundreds Attend Inaugural Arlington PRIDE 2022 Celebration



The city of Arlington celebrated its first ever PRIDE celebration on Saturday, June 4th, at Legion Memorial Park. Hundreds of community members attended the event.

This inaugural celebration was organized by Arlington, WA Pride, a nonprofit organization, dedicated to serving the LGBTQ+ community and its allies.

The event featured a panel discussion, performances, interactive activities and a Pride walk. Everett Herald reporter Jacqueline Allison wrote that attendees shared how this year’s Pride event “felt historic for their small, rural communities.”

Teri McKeehan, The Arc’s own Community Connections Coordinator, also attended the Arlington event, representing The Arc of Snohomish County.

Teri at Arlington Pride 2022


Erica Knapp, an Arlington, WA Pride board member and Arc Leader, shared with the North County Outlook about the drive behind creating the event as an annual celebration. In a June 7th news article, NC Outlook reporter Christopher Andersson wrote:

About a year ago local community members began forming the non-profit Arlington WA Pride for local LGBT people.

‘We saw a need in the community,’ said Knapp. ‘There was a social media post about how there is ‘no unicorns in Arlington’ and we have set to prove that wrong.”

Click here to read the full news article.

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Arlington, WA Pride members plan to host a number of smaller community events throughout the year and will be back again next June for the 2nd Annual Arlington Pride event. (Find information about upcoming events at

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Click here to read more about the Arlington Pride event, as well as a neighboring celebration on Camano Island.


Whitney Stohr is the Leadership & Independent Living Program Manager 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 spouse and their four-year-old son Malachi in Lynnwood. Connect with her on Instagram @rollin.w.spinabifida. Contact:


Thank you to Arlington, WA Pride and Arc Leader Erica Knapp for allowing use of the images seen in this post.

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