The Arc of Tri-Cities Newsletter

Happy New Year from The Arc of Tri-Cities!
DDA 101
January 9th  
6 - 7:30 PM
at The Arc
Find out what services are available for your child, how to apply and how to know if eligible.   (Spanish support available!)
Viva Las Vegas Planning Committee
Zumba Class Volunteers Needed
The Arc has a weekly Zumba class at the Tri-City Court Club, 4:30 - 5 PM every Tuesday. It has been very popular and has grown tremendously over the last year. Delayna, the class instructor is looking for 1 or 2 volunteers to come by every Tuesday to help facilitate the class. If you are interested, contact Delayna Skadorwa at
The annual Buddy Club Prom is just around the corner, and they are again looking for gently used dresses for the event.  
PLEASE feel free to drop your gently
used dresses off at The Arc!  (Especially looking for larger sizes.)  Need Dress Donations by Jan. 30th
Polar Plunge
Grab your friends and family and take the plunge!
The 2018 Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday,     January 20 th at Columbia Park in Richland.
Teams can register at
The Arc Winter Dances
Come one, Come all! Join us for our annual winter dances!
Cost: $10 - Members
         $12 - Non-Members
Time: 6-8:30 PM 
January 26th 
Winter Ball  
at The Elks Lodge
(15 S Colorado St, Kennewick )
February 16th 
Sweetheart Dance
6-8:30PM at CBC Hub
(2600 N 20th Ave, Pasco)
March 17th 
Luck of the Irish
6-8:30PM at The Elks Lodge
(15 S Colorado St, Kennewick)

Each DDA client receiving Community First Services has access to Technology.
Learn more about Assistive  Technology  on 
The Arc Website.


New Service to Families  Unserved by DDA 


Medicaid Managed Care 


Mid-Columbia Down Syndrome Association   


Responding to Autism 




Attorneys Special Needs Alliance 


Pave-Sherry Mashburn 


Spring General Information Newsletter 


Seattle Children's Autism 200- Online TELECONFERNCE sign up  

National Autism Association WEBINAR ON-LINE 

Special Education Parent Partnership Opportunity

Are you a parent of a child that receives or has received special education services?  Did you ever wish you could have had a support person  that could have helped you navigate  understanding the special education system? Here is your opportunity to be that person!  The Pasco School District Special Education Department is recruiting parents to become a  Special Education Parent Navigator.  A support person to help new parents through the special education  process.  We invite anyone who might be interested in becoming an PSD Parent Navigator to register for the training.   Upon completion of the training, you can decide if you would like to be added to the list  for as an  official parent partner. Attending the training does not require that you sign up to be an official partner.
The training will be held at the Booth Building on
-Friday, Feb. 2nd from 5-8 PM,
-Saturday, Feb. 3rd from  9 - 2 PM
Training will cover what a parent partner is, the role of the partner, and training in the IEP process. 

Spanish Training will be available on
March 2nd, and 3rd. (Please contact Amber Burrows for exact time and location)

Greg Abell From Sound Options, an OSPI funded organization, will be providing this training. Pasco is thrilled to be the first school district in Eastern Washington to provide this service. 
Please email or call Amber Burrows at the Special Services Office to  register  or 509-543-6703.  Meals and snacks will be provided both Friday and Saturday . If you have further questions, please contact Tracy Wilson, Executive Director of Special Services,  at or 509-543-6703.
Better Together
~Autism  Support~
Better Together is an autism support group created and run by parents!  Visit us on the website to learn more and see what we are about!
Contact Melissa at
for more information!

Nig ht with The Arc of Tri-Cities
Saturday, April 28, 2018 
5:00 PM to 10:00 PM 
Three Rivers Convention Center  7016 W. Grandridge Blvd. Kennewick
This fun "Vegas" themed gala, designed for attendees to enjoy dinner, casino-type games, live and silent auctions and dancing to the COLORBLIND BAND!