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As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, The Arc of Grays Harbor is composed of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, professionals and concerned members of the community. The Arc’s mission is to advocate for the rights and full participation of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Along with our network of members and chapters, we support and empower individuals and families; connect and inform individuals and families; improve support and service systems; influence public policy; increase public awareness; and inspire inclusive communities.

Community Engagement

The Arc of Grays Harbor provides Community Guide and Community Engagement services for clients receiving DDA services. These services allow people with disabilities the ability to access their community with the supports they need. Participants engage in a variety of community-based opportunities to grow their social network and knowledge.

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Parent to Parent

The Parent to Parent Support Program provides emotional support and information to families of children with a disability or special healthcare needs

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Information and Referrals

Are you looking for disability resources or services in the community? We can help! Contact us or check out our Community Resource Directory

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Need help applying for SSI or DDA?

Contact us to set up an appointment. We can assist you in filling out the applications for Social Security and Developmental Disability Administration services. 

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 Last week, I attended the WISE community summit conference in Wenatchee. It was an awesome, inspirational and thought-provoking event.

In particular, I attended two sessions presented by Al Condeluci PhD, author of the book "Social Capital, The Key to Macro Change" of and CEO of CLASS.

His talk was an epiphany to me. He pointed out that his training as a psychologist led him to think of services for people with disabilities in the micro sense; that the person being treated has a problem, that the problem could be treated only after a diagnosis, and that the cure involved segregation by special measures in special places.

When he asked his cousin Kerry (his inspiration for seeking a career in psychology) what her problems were, she replied 1) a job 2) a home of her own and 3) friends... exactly the same goals all of us have. He then realized that her problems were actually aggravated by the micro approach. He began to think that the solution to the micro problem can only be resolved by addressing the macro; all of us.

His solution is simple.

  • Identify our key areas of interest
  • Find the matching cluster or community
  • Understand how those communities behave
  • Find the gatekeeper to acceptance

I've always understood that friend networks are a huge factor in people's quality of life, and that acceptance and inclusion was a key need for people with disabilities. The concept is called "natural inclusion". The concept that I could never get my head around was "natural". How can well-intentioned people intervene to create anything called that we would call natural?

After listening to his talk, I realized that what I needed to hear was "intentional inclusion"; we can help people make these connections.