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Creating an inclusive event for families and individuals of ALL abilities 

The Arc of King County invites families throughout King County to join together to raise awareness and funds in support of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This non-competetive, fully inclusive event is for everyone - all ages and all abilities are encouraged to participate.

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RoadRunner Sports- Greenlake
7020 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

-Registration is FREE
-Finish the course to receive your free official race medallion
-Raise a minimum of $25 to receive a race t-shirt
-Raise a minimum of $100 to receive a t-shirt and water bottle
-Awards for the highest fundraisers
-Fun to do as a team; co workers, friends and extended family can join

 roadrunnercourseRegister today to set up your personalized race page! Share your page link with friends and family via email and social media. It’s an easy way to raise awareness and funds to support The Arc of King County. Your page will show your supporters why you believe in inclusion, and it will keep track of your donations.
 

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Sponsor this inclusive event

See our sponsorship opportunities here!

Click here to make your sponsorship in our secure online portal!

Want to help?

Click here to volunteer for the 5k for Inclusion!



View the photos from our 5k for Inclusion last year below! 

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Become a member of The Arc today and join the largest advocacy group in the US working for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be fully included as citizens who live, learn, work, and play in their community.

Why Should I be a Member?

More than 78 years ago, parents and families like you started The Arc of King County as a grassroots organization of members who wanted to improve the lives of children with disabilities. These many decades later, YOUR VOICE contributes to strengthen our grassroots movement. Your membership helps to keep our services free and it also increases our voting power on national issues with The Arc of the US. History has shown that the collective voice has considerable influence, so we invite you to be part of our collective voice as a member.

You Get Great Benefits!

Your membership at The Arc of King County includes:

  • Membership in the State and National Arcs
  • A vote at The Arc of King County’s annual meeting in March
  • Informed communication and news alerts from a trusted source
  • Leadership and volunteer opportunities
  • A stronger community of powerful voices
  • Inclusion of everyone to thrive as equal, valued, and active participants of our community

Your membership is valid for one year. Your $25 contribution covers the cost of membership, and ensures that all members have a voice, regardless of their ability to pay membership dues.

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July 30, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Arc of King County Announces New Executive Director

SEATTLE - The Arc of King County is pleased to announce Stacy Gillett as its new Executive Director effective September 1. Ms. Gillett has a career spanning more than 30 years in the developmental disabilities field.

stacyGillettCurrently, Ms. Gillett specializes in helping families and educators understand the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and student civil rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Ms. Gillett is well known in Washington for her legislative advocacy establishing “Kevin’s Law”, ensuring funding to support employment, self-advocacy programs, and parent-to-parent resources.

With her significant experience, Ms. Gillett will advance The Arc’s current strategic thinking, and she will lead the organization in advocacy efforts for full inclusion of all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in every part of community life. Ms. Gillett shared, “Disability rights are civil rights, and I’m excited to work with the board and staff to advocate for the rights of all children and adults with I/DD to live, learn, work, and play in the community of their choice. As executive director, I will work with all of our families and community leaders to increase inclusion, acceptance, and support for our county’s citizens who have disabilities.”

Board president Rick Minutoli is pleased with the selection of Ms. Gillett. He said, “The Arc has been a leader in the developmental disability community for nearly 80 years, and now we have the good fortune to welcome an executive director who has spent 32 years of her career advocating for the people we serve every day. I am grateful that our staff and board, as well as the people we serve and their families, will benefit greatly from Stacy’s expertise.”

Ms. Gillett previously worked at the Disability Law Center of Alaska managing a statewide education advocacy caseload. She then served as a legal advocate at the Dussault Law Group in Seattle, where she wrote and administered a grant from The Arc of Washington to provide free special education advocacy to families whose children were in danger of institutionalization. In her most recent position as Director and Ombudsman for the Governor’s Office of Education Ombuds, Ms. Gillett worked to ensure equity and access to educational services for all Washington students in the K-12 public education system.

Ms. Gillett received her Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in teaching and early childhood education from California State University, Fresno, and completed additional graduate work at California State University, Sacramento. For the past decade, Ms. Gillett has served on numerous boards and councils such as Alpha Supported Living Services, Combating Autism Advisory Council, University of Washington Affiliated Program, and The Arc of Washington. Ms. Gillett is a sought after public speaker for a wide variety of special education topics, and has contributed to numerous articles for national conferences, public information brochures, newsletters, and manuals.

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Founded in 1936, The Arc of King County is passionate about inclusion, independence, and civil rights for everyone with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD). As the oldest non-profit organization serving individuals with I/DD in the Greater Puget Sound area, we encompass all ages and all spectrums of developmental disabilities, and we are the first resource that families turn to after diagnosis. The Arc of King County is an affiliated chapter of The Arc of Washington and The Arc of the United States.

The Arc of King County, in collaboration with The Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines and Transportation Security Administration (TSA), hosts Wings for Autism® at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

About Wings for Autism®

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Wings for Autism®, one of The Arc’s national initiatives, is an airport “rehearsal” specially designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families and aviation professionals.

Wings for Autism® is designed to alleviate some of the stress that families who have a child with autism spectrum disorders experience when traveling by air. The program provides families with the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtaining boarding passes, going through security, and boarding a plane.

Wings for Autism® also gives airport, airline, Transportation Security Administration professionals, and other personnel the opportunity to observe, interact, and deliver their services in a structured, learning environment. Part of the training that we provided for airport personnel was this short video which demonstrates what it is like for individuals who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder to experience the world around them.

The Next Event

The next Wings for Autism® will be held at SeaTac Airport on September 26, 2015. Registration and the waitlist for the September 26th event is FULL, If you did not make the registration or wait list, Wings for Autism® is offered twice a year and you can expect information on the next event in early 2016.

If you have any questions please contact Samantha Court at scourt@arcofkingcounty.org or 206.829.7006.

Registration and the waitlist for the September 26th event are now full.

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* All family confirmation emails have been sent out as of Wednesday, July 29th. Please check the email you used when registering to access the email and the information sent. The confirmation email from The Arc of King County includes event itinerary for your family.*

Volunteer Information

Interested in volunteering for this event? Register now!
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Additional Information 

For a background look into the Wings for Autism® event, check out this training video created by The Arc of US.

For information in Somali click here.

For information in Vietnamese click here.

For information in Spanish click here.

‘Click here’ to view a social story for Wings for Autism. This material can be used to help prepare individuals for social interaction and for public events such as Wings for Autism®.

'Click here' to watch the 2014 Wings for Autism® video.

We hope you enjoy our photos capturing the excitement and fun of the January event!

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