Saturday, September 17, 2016

September Spotlight

Staff Favorites & Headlines


Resources and events to help you engage

If you are looking for support and information, be sure to check The Arc of King County’s Community Calendar  for a complete listing. Also, check out our Resource Guide. You can find these on our website,

Staff Favorites:

Disability Empowerment 

Help raise awareness with this online library.

Recommended by Eric Matthes, Community Change Champions Coordinator.

Disability Empowerment is a campaign that aims to empower those with learning disabilities by helping them better understand, explore and utilize their differences — encouraging them to thrive, in both academic and professional environments, and inspiring parents to foster their success. Sampling of articles: The Hidden Advantages of Dyslexia; Tapping the Potential of Our Disabled Workforce; From Misinformed to ADHD Advocate; David Flink on Teaching Kids to Have Pride in Learning Differences

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United for Student Success – 2016 Equity and EngagementConference

Experts, advocates & professionals: 1 building, 1 day (and pretty close by)

Recommended by Cathy Murahashi, Family EngagementCoordinator 

Join advocates and education professionals from across the state, and leading engagement voices from across the nation. Learn how to bridge divides and come ready to be inspired by experts in equity, engagement and inclusion.This is event designed for both families and professionals.

  • Saturday, October 1; 8 am to 4 pm; Jackson High School, 1508 136th St SE, Mill Creek, WA
  • Register here; ask about parent scholarships here  

  • Parent Leadership Training Institute, a civic engagement course – Presented by creator Elaine Zimmerman, Executive Director of the State of Connecticut's Commission on Children and nationally recognized advocate for children and families
  • WATCH D.O.G.S, Promoting education and safety by using the positive influence of fathers and father-figures – Presented by Eric Snow, Executive Director of the National Center for Fathering 
  • Redesigning School and District Family Engagement towards Racial Equity - Presented by Dr. Ann Ishimaru, Assistant Professor, Education Policy, Organizations & Leadership, College of Education, UW
  • Closing the Gap - A plenary panel on the achievement gap featuring candidates for state superintendent for public instruction, principals, parents and students
  • Plus: 17 breakout sessions on equity, engagement and inclusion. Full list
Questions? Email 

Creating Connections Community Workshops

Focus on teens and adults
Recommended by Robin Tatsuda, Director for Information and Family Support

Join us for the next installments in this three-part series: Special Needs Trusts, on October 1, and IEPs and Transition Plans, on November 19.
  • Hosted by Ryther’s Aspiring Youth
  • Both workshops are 10 am to 1 pm
  • Ryther, 2400 NE 95th St., Seattle, WA 98115
Check out The Arc of King County's online calendar for a full listing of community events, training, and support and information groups that meet regularly.

Your input is needed!

What are the best practices for family engagement? A survey by Washington state’s Office of the Education Ombuds.
Recommended by Ramona Hattendorf, Director of Advocacy

You’ll need to print this one out and mail it back, but the information will help the state better understand the needs and preferences of families in the K-12 education system. FamilyCollaboration/Engagement Survey 
Please email responses to, or mail to Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds, 155 NE 100th St, Suite 210, Seattle, WA 98125

Questions? Email
For information about the Office of the Education Ombuds, visit

Don’t miss the State Superintendent Candidates' Forum: Diversity and Inclusion in Our Schools.
Recommended by Stacy Gillett, Executive Director
  • Wednesday, September 28
  • 7 – 8:30 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
  • Town Hall Seattle, Great Hall, 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 (enter on 8th Avenue)
The superintendent is responsible for envisioning and fostering schools that are inclusive, diverse, and welcoming to all children. Will the next superintendent be successful in reforming our schools and creating a system that is responsive to the whole child?


Self-Advocacy Gets National Push

Fewer with Disabilities Employed, Data Shows 

  • “… We will integrate an inclusive perspective across all of our grantmaking. As I’ve come to learn, the mantra of the disability community is “Nothing about us, without us”—words that ring true across our work. After all, we make better decisions when we hear and heed the important contributions of all humankind. And I am confident that by adding and applying this additional lens across our efforts—by asking the extra question, Are we mindful of the needs of people with disabilities? — we will see new opportunities we otherwise might have missed.” … A letter from Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, September 12, 2016.