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Register Now for April Respite Events

Parents are invited to register now for one of The Arc Lane County’s FREE respite events. With funding from the Lane County System of Care, The Arc hosts hosts free respite events each month to give parents an opportunity to take a break.

Parents DO NOT have to be associated with The Arc Lane County to take advantage of this respite program; parents simply must have a child (age 5-13 years) who experiences a disability, mental health or behavioral health concern. Siblings are welcome to attend as well.

The Arc will host a Parents’ Night Out event on Friday, April 12.The other respite event, called the Kids’ Saturday Social,will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. NEW this month! Both events will now be held at The Arc Lane County at 4181 E St. in Springfield. Parents are invited to register their children for one event each month. If you have questions about The Arc’s respite program, contact Sina for more information.


Families Connected, Familias en Conexión Host Parent Trainings, Family Fun Events

Families Connected will host a watch party of FACT Oregon’s Transition to Kindergarten training this Thursday, April 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.This training will cover what to expect as your child moves from an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) to an Individualized Education Program (IEP), the family’s role in decision making and how to prepare for the transition. Families Connected will provide free dinner and childcare. Come watch the training with other parents and dive into conversation afterwards. If you can’t make the in-person watch party, tune into FACT’s Transition to Kindergarten training online. 

Familias en Conexión, The Arc’s family network for Spanish-speaking parents, will host a training on the disability services options for adults at its monthly parent meeting on April 20. Free childcare will also be provided at this meeting, and parents should RSVP with Mariela.

Also this month, Families Connected and Familias en Conexión will host a joint Children’s Celebration / Día de los Niños on Saturday, April 27 at The Arc Lane County. Come enjoy this fun bicultural celebration, which will feature free food, books and entertainment!


Take Emergency Preparedness Survey, Enter Raffle to Win Radio

The Arc Lane County is conducting an Emergency Preparedness Survey to develop a tool to help people with disabilities prepare for emergencies.

The Arc wants to hear from self-advocates, parents, caregivers and direct support professionals. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete, and participants will be entered into a raffle to win an emergency radio that can be recharged by solar, hand crank or power plug and USB cord.

Take the Emergency Preparedness Survey by April 30 to be entered in the raffle to win the radio. The winner of the radio will be announced on May 1. Aquí está la encuesta en español.

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