Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

May 2, 2022

Teacher Appreciation Week is from May 2rd to May 6th. During this week people celebrate teachers. Teachers work hard but do not earn a lot of money. Teachers spend a lot of time buying classroom materials and doing work outside of school. There are not enough teachers. Many teachers have to teach extra classes. Teachers

Learn American Sign Language!

April 20, 2022

American Sign Language or ASL is used a lot by people who have or know someone who has a hearing impairment. Over 250,000 people use American Sign Language. Understanding and using Sign Language means people with and without hearing impairments can have a conversation. This is important. It means that people with hearing impairments can

Kitsap County Virtual Resource Fair is live!

April 13, 2022

The Kitsap County Resource fair is going virtual this year. The resource fair is for the Developmental Disabilities community to learn about services in the community including; education, employment, housing, recreation, and Advocacy! Some of the resources are specific to Kitsap County. The resource fair will be online until June 30th, 2022. Holly Ridge Center,

Developmental Disability Awareness Month!

March 15, 2022

March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month! This is a time to think about all the awesome things people with Developmental Disabilities do! It is also a time to reflect on how we can make a better world for people with Developmental Disabilities. To follow events and discussions during this month you can search hashtags (#)

March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day

March 10, 2022

People with Down Syndrome have three instead of two chromosomes 21. As a result, World Down Syndrome say is on 3.21. This day was recognized by the United Nations in 2011 in the hopes that the day would bring awareness to people with down syndrome and advocate for their equality in day-to-day life. World Down

Pledge to Include Today

March 3, 2022

People with disabilities are often excluded from able bodied communities. That is why it is important for every person to pledge to include people with disabilities. Spread the Word Inclusion works to encourage others to stop saying insensitive words like the r word. Saying the r-word is very offensive but it is still commonly said

What is Supported Decision Making?

February 24, 2022

In Washington under the new Uniform Guardianship law there is now an official option to use supported decision making for people with disabilities. Below is information about supported decision making and how to start the process.   What is supported decision making? Supported decision making contracts are written documents that adults with disabilities can enter

How to sign in for Remote Testimony at the Washington Legislature

February 17, 2022

The Washington Legislature are holding committee meetings remotely this year. That means that people can participate in hearings from their home. People can submit written testimony, sign in support or oppose to a bill or even testify over Zoom. Disability Rights Washington has put together video and written instructions on how to sign up! https://www.disabilityrightswa.org/publications/remote-testimony-guide/

新年快乐 Means Happy New Year!

February 10, 2022

February 12th is Chinese New Year! This is one of the most important holidays in China and is a time to celebrate the new year with family. It is celebrated on the first day of the Chinese calendar. The Chinese calendar is on a 12-year cycle and each year is represented by an animal. These

Plan for your financial future

January 28, 2022

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families should plan for how they are going to budget their money and plan for the future. There are different types of accounts that can help people manage their money so they can do the things they want! To help you begin to understand some of