The Navigator
Winter 2016
Enjoying the Holiday Season 
5 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress for Children with Special Needs

13 Holiday Survival Tips For Your Child with Special Needs

Surviving the Holidays with Your Sanity Intact

In This Issue

The Division of Developmental Disabilities ("DDD" or "Division") provides services and supports to approximately 36,000 individuals, or "members," who have developmental disabilities and their families. DDD has determined that, in order to more effectively deliver services to its members, a strategic plan is a critical step in DDD's transformation to an organization that is highly effective in all aspects of its operations.
This Strategic Plan builds on DDD's planning efforts over the last several years and sets forth objectives that will enhance the fulfillment of its mission:
To provide to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families
necessary services and supports that are flexible, high quality, and member-driven.
To afford individuals opportunities to exercise their rights and responsibilities
of independent decision-making and engagement in the community.

Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85040
Friday, February 17, 2017
8:00am to 5:00pm
We invite you to join us for the 6th Annual African American Conference on Disabilities on February 17th, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ. Tentative workshops may include topics such as, civil rights, employment rights, special education rights, mental health and intellectual disability rights, voting rights, legal ethics and much more...

✓ Continuing Legal Education (CLEs) will be available.
✓ Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available.

The Sprout Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the best in films featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Through innovative programming we hope to raise awareness and spark discussion about the concerns and achievements of individuals with I/DD. By presenting films of artistry and intellect, the festival hopes to reinforce accurate portrayals of individuals within this community and expose the general public to important issues they face. The goal is an enjoyable and enlightening experience that will help breakdown stereotypes and promote a greater acceptance of differences and awareness of similarities.
The Sprout Film Festival is the first and only festival to exclusively feature films featuring people with I/DD.

The Arc & Sprout Film Festival     March 31, 2017
Golden Fleece Foundation presents Pilot Parents with $1000 check
Established in 2007, The Golden Fleece Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to giving back to the communities they serve. Since its founding, it has sought to foster one of Brooks Brother's core values: relationships. Support of Foundation efforts is primarily provided through the generosity and dedication of customers, associates and corporate partners. These relationships are leveraged in a way that results in mutually coming together in support of common causes relevant to the mission of the Golden Fleece Foundation and to their internal culture of caring. On December 20, 2016, Brooks Brothers La Encantada Store Manager, Denise Cortez-Johnson, and colleague, Gretchen Dearborn, presented Pilot Parents staff, Cheryl McKenzie and Karen Kelsch, with a $1000 donation check to support the Sibshop program.  
Arizona Charitable Tax Credit Donation Opportunity
You can receive a dollar-for-dollar Arizona tax credit for your donation to Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona, up to $400 individually or $800 if filed jointly. This is different than a tax deduction.
Your donation is used to help Pilot Parents assist families as they navigate the various service delivery systems, train future advocacy leaders, provide support to siblings and much more. 
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Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona.