The Changing World of Developmental Disabilities
The Changing World of Developmental Disabilities web site, sponsored by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, offers a wealth of information regarding developmental disabilities, the Washington State service system, and a variety of federal initiatives/programs.
"This site describes many of the disappointments and challenges, as well as the joy, selflessness and courage that are reality for our 80,000
neighbors with developmental disabilities. It will help everyone
understand the challenges and rewards of their family members and
supporters as well as the service providers who help them work and
balance their checkbooks," said Secretary Dennis Braddock (Many thanks to my friend Suzi Fode from Moses Lake for recommending this web site).
Clark County Community Services
I love the work Mary Strehlow and many others have done in the community of Vancouver, Washington. Check out their web site for additional information.
Bruce Anderson and Gina Gross are doing incredible work helping communities to become more welcoming places for all citizens. Their work stretches our imagination of what it takes to build community. By getting us to look in places we may have forgotten -- places deep inside our hearts -- they bring a new way to answer old questions. Perhaps even more to the point, they raise an entirely new set of questions.
The Father's Network is a national project with strong Washington ties. The Network provides information, support, and resources to fathers of children with disabilities or chronic illness. Supporting the efforts of 83 fathers' programs in the United States, the National Fathers' network publishes a bi-yearly newsletter, a monthly column in Exceptional Parent magazine. The chapters are particularly strong in Washington. Get connected to a great group of men who never lose site of having a good time.
Heart Song Retreat Center
This is one of my absolutely favorite places on the planet. A simple place with amazing energy, hosted by my good friends Jimmy and Nancy Smith. You can't understand what an amazing place this is until you have gone there. Recharge your batteries. Revisit your soul. At Heart Song in Tum Tum, Washington.
Very few people in the country have more to offer in the way of employment for people with disabilities than the good folks at The Initiative. Check out their great site.
Spokane Parent Coalition
Parents supporting parents. Now, there's a good idea. Check out what the good folks at the Spokane Parent Coalition are doing to build better community.
State of the States Report
If you want to know what a state believes, don't pay attention to the mission statement or legislative proclamations. Examine the budget. A budget is a statement of beliefs.
David Braddock and other researchers at the University of Colorado have been publishing their State of the States Report for years to help us to understand how each state is doing in its fiscal commitment to community supports. Find out how your state is doing at this great site.
Also: Check out the United Cerebral Palsy Analysis of Medicaid For Americans with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for an update on how your state is doing.
Total Living Concept
A support organization that really supports people living the lives they want to live. Real lives. Vibrant lives. Visit the web site of the organization built by Lyle and Mary Romer.
A wonderful site for anyone looking for information about employment and self-determination. Click on "Community Resources" for a great listing of resources throughout Washington State.
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