We're really excited to announce a new program of The Arc of GH; Community Engagement and Community Guide services. We contract with DSHS to help clients access their communities. Clients should ask their caseworkers if Community Engagement is appropriate for them.
Starting Wednesday May 3rd at 12:00 noon, The Arc is going to start a new informational workshop series "Understanding Autism" or "Autism for newbie parents".
The series is four weeks, each wednesday at the same time. Depending on interest, we plan to repeat this series each month.
The outline is:
- Week 1 Unpack the diagnosis & Find Local Supports: Understanding Autism Video and Identifying Current Resources paths (P2P, DDA, SSI, PAVE/local IEP supports,Task Force classes, current events, available ABA, Respite, options, etc)
- Week 2 Online or Distance Resources: UC Davis, Mary Barbera BCBA classes, skillsforautism.com, etc. Present 1 training video as a demo--showing the usefulness of online resources.
- Week 3 Family Stress Reduction: Keeping yourself healthy for the long haul (Identifying stress levels, desired hobbies, workable plan for healthy life, connect to P2P mentor)
- Week 4 Training Video: Increasing communication and understanding problem behaviors
Thanks to the support of the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, PacMtn Workforce Development Council and in partnership with Grays Harbor Youth Works, the Arc is offering summer youth employment to 12 area students. To qualify, participants must be 16-20 students with an active IEP who intend to return to high school in the fall.
This is a great opportunity, students will get to take advantage of Pac Mtn's excellent Uplift! curriculum, and get 55 hours of paid employment with job supports as necessary, at one of many workplaces in the harbor.
If you are, or know of any students who would like to make some new friends, get some work experience and some summer spending cash, please give us a call at 360.537.7000
Uplift training starts on June 19th, and positions will be filled on first-come-first-served basis, so act soon!