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Advocacy in Action

Stacy Ceder - Tuesday, April 03, 2018
The following is Sima Thorpe's letter as featured in our 2017 Annual Report.  Read More

Wings for All

Brian Holloway - Monday, October 31, 2016
On October 15, 2016, I had the privilege of being a part of Wings for All, a program established by The Arc, a national organization that helps advocate for and support people with disabilities and their families for their entire lifespan.  Wings for All was put on here in Spokane thanks to a collaboration by The Arc of Spokane, Spokane’s chapter of the national non-profit The Arc, and Alaska Airlines.  
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Eternal Kelli

Brian Holloway - Friday, September 18, 2015

The following was written by Brenda Forney, Supported Living manager for The Arc of Spokane, in honor of Kelli Higgins, who lived in a home where The Arc provided round-the-clock support care.    Read More

What Employment Means to Taylor

Brian Holloway - Tuesday, June 02, 2015

This blog was written by Paula Carwright, whose son, Taylor, works at Avista Utilities' Investment Recovery (IR) program.  Recently celebrating its 25th year, IR employs about a dozen people with developmental disabilities, for whom The Arc of Spokane provides support.  When Paula was asked to share how Taylor's job affects his life, she was happy to do so.  Read More

WSU Speech Therapy Students

Brian Holloway - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

This post was written by Christina Brelia, manager of The Arc of Spokane's Community Center.  She writes about the impact that 19 speech therapy students from Washington State University students have had on the people with developmental disabilities who attend the Center.  The students themselves where changed as well.   Read More

Jackson's Story

Brian Holloway - Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This post was written by Stacy Klim, a Spokane mom who writes about her experience raising a child with a developmental disability on her blog, "Life on Mystery Lane."  Read more of Stacy's blog at Read More

John's Story

Brian Holloway - Thursday, June 28, 2012

John came to The Arc of Spokane in May of 2012 with an interest in participating in our advocacy effort.  An adult man with cerebral palsy, John's intellect is entirely whole, and he communicates freely by means of a laptop computer and a typing finger attached to a strap he wears around his head.  Because of his disability, John was rarely given the freedom to live to his full capacity, resulting in tremendous frustration and personal hardship.  A capable writer, John shares some of his life experiences as a person with a developmental disabily living in a world that repeatedly failed to address his true needs.  Much of John's story illustrates with painful clarity the need for people like John to have an active and vigorous voice in the social and civic matters that affect them.           Read More

Of Goats and Men

Brian Holloway - Wednesday, May 02, 2012

In the fall my wife and I drive our four boys to the apple orchards in the country where we pick enough Honeycrisp, Braeburn and Golden Delicious to see us through the long Washington winter.  It is a wonderful thing for a city kid to pull an apple, heavy with flavor, from a tree and a few hours later eat it in a hot, delicious crisp.  Of course, because they are boys our pilgrimage always includes a trip to the pumpkin patch, where they each choose one to carve into a ghoulish face for Halloween.  This is a fall tradition. Read More

Welcoming the Perfect Storm

Brian Holloway - Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The entry below was written by Brenda Forney, an employee of The Arc of Spokane.  Brenda shares her experience helping Penny Cannon, a local artist and client of The Arc's Residential Support program, realize her life-long dream of geting a tattoo.  Thank you, Brenda.  Read More

Valley House

Brian Holloway - Thursday, November 10, 2011

I went to Valley House looking for one story and found another.

There’s not much to it—the house, that is.  It’s a single-level rancher in Spokane Valley set away from the road a short distance with vinyl siding and shutters, just like any house in any residential neighborhood.  The only real difference from others on the street is the absence of steps at the front door.  Being level with the ground makes it possible to move the wheelchairs of the five people who live at Valley House in and out with relative ease.  Steps are out of the question here. Read More

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