May 2012: E-News From The Arc
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May 2012

Hello Friends,Sylvia

May is here, the Legacy Luncheon is on its way, and the sun is finally peeking out. We are getting excited for this summer. How about you?

We want to give a big Thank You to everyone who donated to The Arc of King County last Wednesday, May 2, for The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG event. The Arc received donations from nearly double the number of donors from last year!

Here's another way to support The Arc in May. The Good Karma 5K Run/4K Walk is on Sunday, May 27, at Seward Park and The Arc is one of ten featured non-profits that you can support that day.

Last, but not least, the final state budget was signed on May 3, 2012 by the Governor. There were very few changes from last year's Biennial budget, so we want to recognize all of the advocates during the past legislative session. Thank you for all of your hard work!

See you at The Luncheon!


In This Issue

Legacy Luncheon Is Here!
"Innovations in Caregiving"
Who Can Help Me?
Thank You Senior Services
● PUSH America Ride

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Eric in DC: Educating on Employment

Last month, The Arc of King County’s very own Eric Matthes participated on a panel for the Employment First Leadership State Mentor Program (EFLSMP) in Washington, DC. Because Washington State has one of the highest percentages of employment among people with severe disabilities, we are a mentor state. As a mentor state, we educate other states about our approach to Employment First practices and teach them how to implement similar programs in their own states. Employing individuals with disabilities is a high priority for the U. S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

Eric participated on a panel with other professionals and gave a 2-3 minute speech on the importance of employment first practices. Proud of his experience and his ability to share with others the importance of employment for people with disabilities, Eric states, “We are proud of the strides we have made towards Employment First practices, but we have not reached our goal of achieving typical employment levels for job seekers with the most significant disabilities.” 

For more information about the Employment First Leadership State Mentor Program, Employment First Practices, and more about the steps Washington has done to become a leader in this area, please contact Eric Matthes at (206) 829-7044 or at

2012 Eric DC Trip

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Legacy Luncheon Is Here!



You're invited to our 5th Annual Living Our Legacy Luncheon at the beautiful McCaw Hall! This annual event on May 24, 2012 from 11:30am-1:00pm is our chance to honor those who have made a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities. This award ceremony and fundraiser is one that you won't want to miss. Here's a sneak preview of this year's event: 

  • Awards - We will be honoring outstanding King County advocates for their tremendous work in our community

  • Community Voices - Marcella Young, Paula McDade and Rachel Nemheuser will share their stories as community advocates

  • A Great Host - Dennis Bounds of King 5 News is our host!

  • Visitors from Olympia - Andi Smith, the Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor will be speaking on behalf of the Governor

  • Networking & Socializing - Stay on after the event for our social hour, where you can connect with old friends and new

Get your tickets to this fun and inspiring event today!

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"Innovations In Caregiving" Awardee

On April 16, MetLife Foundation and National Alliance for Caregiving announced the recipients of the new "Innovations in Caregiving" Grants Program. The Arc of King County was one of only five organizations to receive grants to replicate family caregiver education and support programs in their local communities. 

The grant provides $10,000 in startup funds for The Arc of King County to further support the Senior Family Support Project by providing more regular networking and training opportunities.

“We congratulate these winning organizations and the important contributions they will make to family caregiving in their communities,” said Dennis White, President and CEO, MetLife Foundation. 

To read the press release, visit

Who Can Help Me? Language Support


By Tammy Dang

Imagine that you are looking for support or services for your child, but can't find help in your language. What do you do?

Many parents in our community face difficulty in receiving support due to language barriers or because they don't know who to reach out to for help. Because of this issue, The Arc provides support to families in Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

This article, written in Vietnamese, lists a few organizations who are the initial contacts for families with the need for language support. These organizations are there with services and support for families who have concerns about their child with developmental diabilities or have other related needs that are currently unmet. 

If you need language support or know someone who does, contact 
Verónica Guzmán at Otherwise, jump to the article in Vietnamese here:

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Big Thanks to Senior Services!

The Arc of King County’s Family Support 360° Program (FS 360°) would like to extend a thank you to Senior Services. FS 360° is one of their new community partners and has received a grant to provide limited financial assistance in the form of mileage reimbursement to families who care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are low income and in need of transportation assistance. Senior Services provides comprehensive services for older adults and their families in Washington.

Funding was granted over a two year period, beginning from July 2011 through June 2013. The program is available to participants in the FS 360° program and therefore supports African American, Latino, Vietnamese and Somali families.

At a time when the cost of gas prices and public transportation is increasing, we are thankful that we have the capacity to offer financial support for families taking individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to medical appointments, school, community activities, or therapy.

If you’d like to know more about the FS 360° program, please contact Verónica Guzmán at (206) 829-7027 or

PUSH Is Coming To Town!




By Adrianne Oglesby

Every year, an amazing fraternity group, Pi Kappa Phi, divides up and rides across America on the annual Journey of Hope. As part of the philanthropy group PUSH America, their mission is to raise awareness about developmental disabilities. Along the way, the riders stop at chapters of The Arc and other agencies with similar missions. They have accessible building projects all over the country in the summer and raise money through Pi Kappa Phi for groups like ours during the rest of the year. They also provide The Arc with a grant for our Community Living Grants program.

This year, PUSH America's Journey of Hope will kick-off from Seattle  May 29-31. On May 29, we invite everyone in our community to our annual friendship visit to meet these amazing young men and show our support as they kick off their journey from the west coast. We will be providing food and and opportunity to connect with riders as they kick-off from the west coast.

Bring your kids and families to the Olympic Sculpture Park on May 29 and support development disabilities with PUSH America! Pizza will be provided. RSVP to to reserve your spot and to get more information.

If you'd like to attend the other PUSH America kick-off events on May 30-31, check out the events page.

See you there!

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