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Arc Happenings June 19, 2018

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About The Arc

The Arc of Snohomish County
2500 Hewitt Ave, Suite 300 Everett, WA 98201

Shayne Nagel, Executive Director

Jamie Coonts, Program Director


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Coming up at The Arc
Supporting Individuals with Brain Injury
      Wednesday, June 20th           11am-12:30pm
      Adult Caregiver Support presented by Mary Hughes,
      Brain Injury Alliance of Washington. (425) 258-2459 x113
Arc in the Park
      Saturday, June 23rd                  12-2pm
      Meet Arc staff and enjoy a FREE 
      picnic lunch (provided), music, playground, splash pad and animal farm.
      Held at the Forest Park picnic shelter
   (425) 258-2459 x106
Understanding the Functions of Behavior
Monday, June 25th                  7-8:30 pm
SASSIE presented by Nicolette Bainbridge Christians, PhD, BCBA-D from Spectrum Education & Behavior Services. (425) 258-2459 x106
People First of Snohomish County
       Tuesday, June 26th         11am-1pm
For self-advocates with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “Cyber Safety: How to Stay Safe in a Digital World” presented by Yuliya Wold, Crime Prevention Officer from the Everett Police Department. (425) 258-2459 x121
Fathers Network
   Thursday, June 28th        7-9pm
   A support group for fathers raising children with disabilities. (425) 258-2459 X104

Upcoming Summer Sibshops

High Trek Sibshop *Ages 11-17

Printable Flier

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Hero Sibshop *Ages 4-7

Printable Flier

Register Online

Camp Killoqua Sibshop *Ages 8-13

Printable Flier

Register Online

Zoo Tickets

The Arc of Snohomish County has been given a limited amount of tickets to the Woodland Park Zoo for its members.
The tickets are valid through December 31, 2018

These tickets are for individuals with developmental disabilities to attend with their family or care provider.

Individuals must live in Snohomish County.

As a non-profit, membership driven organization, The Arc of Snohomish County gives priority to its registered members for complimentary tickets to the Aquarium, the Zoo, etc. 
An annual family membership is $25 which helps to support the many programs and events offered to our community. 

Request Tickets

Please take a moment to register your membership.

Summer Recreational Guide

The 2018 Recreation Guide is here!

Recreational opportunities help children develop confidence, independence, new skills, and friendships.

The guide is packed full of ideas to keep your family entertained. We encourage you to explore something new this summer!

Community Access Grant

The purpose of the individual grant funding from the Nysether Family Foundation is to provide individuals with developmental disabilities access toinclusive opportunities in their communities.

Benefits of Sending your Child to an Inclusive Camp/Recreational Activity:

• Gives your child a sense of community belonging;

• Provides an opportunity for growth and a stimulating environment;

• Honors everyone’s unique abilities;

• Builds collaboration and interdependence;

• Enhances self-esteem

The focus of the Community Access Fund is to provide qualified individuals with funding for inclusive community opportunities including, but not limited to:

Dance Class                                                               Music Class

Exercise Class                                                           Art Class

Sewing Class                                                             Tae Kwon Do

Day Camp                                                                  Swimming Class

Cooking Class                                                            Computer Class

Photography Class                                                    Yoga Class

Requests for up to $200 may be made

Community Access Grant Guidelines

Community Access Application

Now that the sun is out it may be time to start thinking about things to do this summer. 
Here is a fun list to start with:

Full article can be viewed HERE

Listening Sessions & Town Hall

Consumer Directed Employer Listening Sessions

What is happening?

The Consumer Directed Employer project wants to hear from you. You are invited to participate in a listening session to learn about the Consumer Directed Employer and to share your input. This is an opportunity to talk to project staff to make sure your voice is heard.  

Who should attend the sessions?

The sessions are intended for Individual Providers of personal care, consumers who receive personal care from an Individual Provider, and their families. Because space is limited, DSHS and Area Agency on Aging staff are encouraged to attend the monthly staff webinars instead of attending the listening sessions.

What will the listening sessions cover?

  • Background on the Consumer Directed Employer and why this change is happening.
  • Information about the new federal requirements for states to implement Electronic Visit Verification.
  • Opportunities to express your ideas and input on the Consumer Directed Employer project. 

How do I sign up to attend a session? Is registration required?

We are requesting all attendees register in advance. Please email the following information to

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your role (IP, consumer, or family member)
  • The session you would like to attend (see list below)
  • Please let us know if you need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication (such as a sign language interpreter, an assistive listening device or print material in digital format) at least 14 days in advance of your selected meeting.  

 Space is limited. We will accept registrations until the space is full. Finalized meeting logistics will be emailed to you at least one week before your requested session.

 What sessions are available? 

  • June 20, 2018: Lynnwood from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.                     
  • June 21, 2018: Renton from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.      

Waiver Amendment Conversation

DSHS' Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) would like your feedback on proposed amendments to the five DDA Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers. The amendments improve accessibility and the way DDA provides behavioral supports to better compliment what is available to recipients through Washington’s Medicaid state plan. Positive Behavior Support and the CIIBS waiver will be the session focus. 

Who should attend? 

  • Individuals served by DDA’s HCBS waivers 
  • Direct support providers, professionals, case managers, parents, or other advocates 

Why should you attend?

  • To ensure the waiver amendment process includes your feedback 

General Information: 

  • Capacity is limited to 60 people per session 
  • Light refreshments will be provided 

When will these meetings be offered? 

June 26, 2018, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Lynnwood Convention Center 

3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood 98036

Register online

Town Hall Meetings

Secretary Cheryl Strange is hosting Town Hall Meetings for our service providers. Vendors, partners and stakeholders are being invited statewide. She wants to know what DSHS is doing well, what the agency can do better, and what is important to our partners as we work together to transform lives.

Know Where to Go

The Town Hall Meetings will take place at 11 locations across the state. 

Specific locations will be posted in the near future.

All events begin at 1 p.m.

  1. July 18 – Yelm

  2. July 19 – Seattle

  3. July 25 – Bellingham

  4. July 26 – Everett

  5. August 1 – Vancouver

  6. August 8 - Montesano   

  7. August 9 – Port Angeles

  8. August 15 - Kennewick

  9. August 16 - Yakima

  10. August 29 - Wenatchee

  11. August 21 - Spokane

Cannot attend? We want to hear from you.

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