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Welcome!

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Welcome to The Arc Amplified!

The Arc Amplified is a new online publication and source for sharing stories of inclusion and belonging,
bold activism and local change-makers in action. The mission of this platform is to amplify diverse voices
and “good news” stories from within the disability community in Snohomish County and across the
region.



Do you have a story of inclusion you want to share?
Are you leading local advocacy efforts?
Has your family or loved one benefited from activities or programs in Snohomish County that are
designed to advance community inclusion?

We want to know! Email Whitney Stohr, Parent to Parent Coordinator, at whitney@arcsno.org or call
425-258-2459 x 106.

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The Arc Amplified is an online publication of The Arc of Snohomish County.
Learn more about our mission and values at arcsno.org.

Happy Fathers Day The Arc Amplified

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!

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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 arcsno.org/calendar.

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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 arlingtonwapride.org/calendar.)

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

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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.

 

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

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.

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.

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