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May 27, 2015 Applications Open for Youth Leadership Forum
 The Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment (GCDE) is seeking applications from students to participate in the annual Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) being held this year from July 26-31st. This Forum/Camp provides a six-day residential leadership development program for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities. It is being held at Western Washington University in Bellingham.   The deadline is June 8th for applications; this also includes applications from anyone interested in participating as a
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May 27, 2015 Guardianship Survey: Your Input Needed!
 The Washington State Supreme Court received a grant to initiate WINGS (Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders), an ongoing, coordinated court‐community partnership established to drive changes in adult guardianship and alternatives.  The Steering Committee is planning a WINGS Summit for August 2015. Your assistance is needed to begin to determine the elements of decision-support stakeholders should address first. The Steering Committee will use your answers to survey questions to learn what parts of the
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May 19, 2015 Notice from DDA to Current IFS Clients
 IMPORTANT* Changes to the Individual and Family Services (IFS) Program May 15, 2015 If you are currently enrolled in the Individual and Family Services (IFS) program. The IFS program will become a Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver starting June 1, 2015. You may have the opportunity to receive the new IFS waiver program benefits starting at the time of your annual assessment. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME? Your case manager will call you and send you an application packet 60 days before your annual
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May 18, 2015 The Endowment Trust Fund Survey
The Arc of Washington State is inviting input on a brief (5-10min) market research survey for the Endowment Trust Fund. Please visit www.mylifeplan.guide/survey to participate. The survey is completely anonymous and confidential. Your input is greatly appreciated.
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May 6, 2015 DDC State Plan Amendment Available for Public Comment
The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council is proposing amendments to the 2012-2017 State Plan. We welcome comments and suggestions during the 45 day public comment period. View a summary of the changes. Comments may be submitted via e-mail to Brian Dahl or regular mail to: WA State Developmental Disabilities Council PO Box 48314 Olympia WA 98504-8314 Attn: Brian Dahl Please submit any comments no later than June 19, 2015.
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Apr 7, 2015 Building Blocks of Success: Social Emotional Learning
 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is helping students gain skills to manage their emotions, communicate, and resolve conflicts. SEL benefits all children at any age, including infants and toddlers; however, students struggling with behavioral and/or mental health issues can especially benefit from social emotional skills learned in school and reinforced at home.Social Emotional Competencies* Relationship SkillsCommunicating, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict, and seeking and
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Apr 2, 2015 Funding for DDC Local Leadership: Applications Welcome
Do you want to apply for the DD Council Local Leadership Project and create positive change in your local community and beyond? To download the Request for Qualifications and Quotations (RFQQ): Visit: www.DDSuite.org.Click on Notice of Funds Available (on the left side).Click on Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council (WA)If you are new to DDSuite you will be asked to Sign Up. If you are having difficulty and need assistance, please email Brian Dahl or call: (253) 208-1642.Learn More To learn about the process of how to apply or
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Mar 23, 2015 Save the Date: Regional Workshops on Emergency Planning
Ground-breaking Regional Workshops on Emergency Planning for People with All AbilitiesWhen and Where:February 24, 2015 (Best Western Mt Vernon)March 26, 2015 (Shelton Civic Center)April 28, 2015 (Red Lion Hotel-Pasco) Who:Any individual, agency, organization or business that is interested in disaster planning for the area’s high risk (vulnerable) populations.Hear and learn from ‘boots on the ground’ experiences in community disaster situations.Learn about new recommended Disaster Core Competencies for community based
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Mar 9, 2015 Medicaid Reimbursements for Private Health Insurance
Did you know that there may be a way to have the flexibility of private health insurance and get reimbursed for premiums from Medicaid? The Washington State Health Insurance Premium Payments (HIPP) Program reimburses the cost of private health insurance premiums for certain individuals who would cost more for the state to cover under Medicaid. It’s for individuals who:are eligible for Apple Health (Medicaid);have private insurance;have a household income below 200% Federal Poverty Level (FPL)*; and,would be more expensive for the state
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Mar 5, 2015 New Olympia Insider: Education is Special
This edition of the Olympia Insider puts the focus on education. Listen to Sarah Butcher of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for Washington talk about an important piece of legislation to support social emotional skill building and strategies for all students. 
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