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Upcoming Leadership & Advocacy Training Opportunities

80. 2022 Leadership Advocacy Training Opportunities

Upcoming Leadership & Advocacy Training Opportunities

 

 

The Arc of Snohomish County will offer a number of opportunities in the coming months to brush up on your leadership and advocacy skills, and to gain new skills, as well!

Everyone is welcome to participate and engage — Whatever your current level of experience or confidence in leadership. We know you are a leader! We know you have what it takes to be an engaged and effective advocate. We are here to help you develop skills, grow your knowledge base, and flex your leadership muscles. These opportunities are made for YOU!

Leadership & Advocacy Workshop

Saturday, July 23rd | 10 AM - 2 PM | Zoom

Register at tinyurl.com/3sj2mdxy

The Arc of Snohomish County invites you to build leadership skills, identify your disability advocacy goals, and connect with fellow leaders at our inaugural Leadership & Advocacy Workshop. Participants will receive a “2022 Arc Trained Leader” certificate and support in taking their next steps in leadership and advocacy for the disability community. Questions? Contact Rachel Kube at rachel@arcsno.org.

This training is designed for everyone! This includes parents and family caregivers, siblings and self-advocates, providers and disability rights allies.

Self-Advocacy & Leadership ZOOM Workshop

August 4th | 1 - 3 PM | Topic: “Self-Advocacy 101” | Register: tinyurl.com/32br2pmw

August 11th | 6 - 8 PM | Topic: “Self-Determination 101” | Register: tinyurl.com/yckvs8yu

The Arc of Snohomish County is hosting a leadership focused training to teach young adults, ages 18 & older, to be effective self-advocates. This is an opportunity to empower individuals to develop advocacy and leadership skills and set lifetime goals for employment, recreation, independent living and community involvement. Questions? Contact Jessie Moore at jessie@arcsno.org.

 

This training is designed for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Conference Stipends Available: People First of Washington 2022 State Convention

October 7th - 9th, 2022 | Hybrid Attendance in Ocean Shores, WA, or remotely via Zoom

Apply at tinyurl.com/23u9ksmc

The Arc of Snohomish County is excited to offer stipends for remote attendance to the People First of Washington 2022 State Convention. People First of Washington is a self-advocacy organization by and for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Questions? Contact Kylie Walsh at kylie@arcsno.org.

Self-Paced Leadership Training

Register at tinyurl.com/2p9x8srf

Become an Arc Trained Leader and gain foundational knowledge and skills to support your legislative advocacy and community leadership goals. Program courses include:

  • Community resources for developmental disabilities
  • Family resiliency and sibling supports
  • Government resources for developmental disabilities
  • History of developmental disability
  • Disability and intersectionality
  • Legislative advocacy and self-advocacy
  • Special Education
  • Trauma informed approaches and self-care

Questions? Contact Rachel Kube at rachel@arcsno.org.

                                                                                   

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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: whitney@arcsno.org.

NEW HIRES Tara Hand

The Arc Amplified New Staff. Tara Hand

AROUND THE ARC: NEW HIRES
Tara Hand — Parent to Parent / Sibshop Coordinator

The Arc of Snohomish County welcomes Tara Hand to our team!

A personal introduction from Tara:

My name is Tara Hand and I have just started as a Parent to Parent Coordinator with The Arc of Snohomish County.  I currently live in Lynnwood but was raised in Eastern Washington.  I have 4 kids ranging in ages 5 -13 years old, and ranging in diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder to ADHD.  

I have previously worked in many areas from a non-profit animal shelter, opening MoPop, building stages for concerts and setting up large corporate events.  After my oldest son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, I really wanted to find a way to help other families learn about resources available and just have support, so I am very excited to be working and supporting the community in Snohomish and look forward to connecting with families. 

Connect with Tara by email, at tara@arcsno.org, or by phone at 425-258-2459 x122.

Self-Advocacy Report: DDC

76. Self Advocacy Report DDC Meeting April 2022

Self-Advocacy Report:

A Summary of Activities & Discussion from the April 2022 Meeting of the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council

The Arc of Snohomish County staff member, Leigh Spruce, currently serves on the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), a position she was appointed to by Governor Jay Inslee in 2021.

DDC carries out the critical role in our state of planning, implementing and monitoring the State Plan to improve supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

The Council is comprised of a body of 27 Governor-appointed members, which include individuals with developmental disabilities, parents and family members of people with developmental disabilities, and representatives from various state agencies and other community partners. Members serve three-year terms.

The mission of DDC is to advocate, promote and implement policies and practices to create pathways to meaningful, integrated and productive lives for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) over the life course. (Click here to learn more about DDC work and Council activities.) The Council meets on a quarterly basis.

Below is a report from Leigh Spruce on the discussion and activities that occurred at the DDC 2nd Quarter meeting on April 14th and April 15th, 2022.

Thursday, April 14, we spent time discussing public policy and what that means. There was a survey distributed in 2020. The focus was to determine what was most important to people when accessing various services within the community. Most people and agencies said that getting clear and accessible information was needed, as well as the need to make improvements to services as they are needed. There are those who still do not have access because a lack of internet access was a barrier.

 

There was also a need to have information presented in various languages so that more people can look at information on services provided. Identifying direct translation in another language versus interpreting what information means can get confusing in any language for those who are applying for services. Translating alone into another language can create confusion and mistakes.

 

One goal of the DDC is to make improvements to the various committees and agencies for disabilities to provide the right supports needed. We also heard about what public policy is in relation to the purpose of DDC.

 

Adrienne Stuart [DDC Public Policy Director] gave a summary on which Bills that pertained to the I/DD community passed through the Legislature this past session. She talked about the North Star project which prioritized important needs, such as housing options, no need for IQ scores to receive services, elimination of the sub-minimum wage, better pay for care providers, as well as elimination of restraints and isolation of I/DD students in schools.

 

Ginger Kwan, who is the Executive Director of Open Doors for Multicultural Families, spoke about people in multi-cultural communities coming together to help provide needed services for their communities as well. “Ginger’s Kitchen” helps to provide needed employment as well as bringing people of multi-cultural backgrounds together for inclusion. This concept is known as “thrive through inclusion” to create pathways to services by building relationships and implementing changes in legislation. This service was discovered by Jeremy Norden-Paul [former DDC executive director] and is mainly located in King County.

 

We then broke into various groups and had a working lunch to discuss what criteria we wanted in a new Executive Director [for DDC]. There have been a number of applicants, and they have narrowed down some of the people applying for the position. They will be narrowing down candidates who most qualify. We are meeting in July for final interviews and selection.

 

Currently the State Plan is on hold until the new Executive Director is hired. Ed Holen [DDC Staff] is also providing support to the committees to help with the hiring process. Currently the State budget plan has spent about 75% of the budget on various activities such as grants for Advocacy groups such as S.A.I.L., local leadership groups, as well as other various advocacy groups and their activities. They also want to allocate money for some types of “innovative projects” that might be planned for. This budget needs to be spent by October 2023.

 

Finally, we heard from Moses Perez [Advocacy & Civic Engagement Program Manager at Open Doors for Multicultural Families] who talked about community engagement. He talked about the need to be able to provide services for those who are not English proficient. We need to be more inclusive. There needs to be information and individuals who can help families navigate systems to where everyone understands. It is not good enough to provide direct word-to-word translations.

DDC will hold their next quarterly meeting in July 2022. For more information, visit ddc.wa.gov/.

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Leigh Spruce is a Self-Advocacy Coordinator at The Arc of Snohomish County. In this role she supports engagement activities and leadership and advocacy training for adults with disabilities in Snohomish County and across the Puget Sound region. She serves on numerous community boards and committees and is an engaged activist for disability rights. Contact: leigh@arcsno.org.

A “Klee Cats” Project for Arc Siblings

Sibshop Recap Klee Cats May 2022 The Arc Amplified 1

A “Klee Cats” Project for Arc Siblings

The Arc of Snohomish County was thrilled to welcome Ms. Lori from Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett to host a special Sibshop event on Thursday, May 12th.

Participants used an oil pastel medium to create a feline inspired masterpiece in the style of artist Paul Klee (b.1879 - d.1940).

Look at those works of art!

Aren’t they just PURRRRFECT?!

5 12 22 Sibshop Klee Cats Program with Imagine 1 Sibshops are designed for children, ages 8 to 12, who have siblings with developmental disabilities. The Arc of Snohomish County also offers a Teen Sib Connection program, for youth ages 13 to 18. Learn more about the national Sibshop movement at siblingsupport.org.

A BIG thank you to Imagine Children’s Museum, our community partner, and museum educator Ms. Lori, for leading this very special event. Learn more about Imagine Children’s Museum at imaginecm.org.

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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: whitney@arcsno.org.

 

A Power Playlist for Powerful Moms

Power Playlist for Powerful Moms The Arc Amplified

A Power Playlist for Powerful Moms & Mom-Caregivers

 

Is there a song that has the power to uplift your spirits?

Do you have a personal anthem that makes you feel strong and influential?

Do you have a “hype-up” song?

This playlist is one curated for all the moms out there!

This is for the mom-caregivers and the mom-advocates! This is for all of the moms working hard, raising awesome kids, navigating systems, changing policies, and raising their voice to make a difference.

Keep rockin’ it, ladies!

 

(Note: Of course, all of the amazing dads and any caregiver is welcome to dance it out to this playlist. The more, the merrier! Welcome to the fun!)

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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: whitney@arcsno.org.

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