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 There are many ways for helping us change the lives of people with I/DD and their families. You can make donations, sponsor an event or program, volunteer or even donate your talent supporting a specific project.

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This is a special year of celebrations for The Arc of King County. Established in 1936 by a group of parents who wanted a better life for their children, we are proud to reach our 80th anniversary this year.

Many of our supporters are surprised to discover how long we have been advocating for the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. While many things have thankfully changed for the better in the past eight decades, one thing has been consistent since the beginning. Families and friends like you have always played a central role in the advocacy and services that we provide. Thank you for standing with us every step of the way. We would not, and could not, be celebrating this huge milestone without you!

We truly want to celebrate with you because you are the reason for our success. Please “save the date” in your calendar for a few key events that we are planning this year (more details will come later):

• January 23 – Open House and Annual Meeting
May 14 – 80th Anniversary Legacy Gala
• September 10 – 3rd Annual 5k for Inclusion
• November 21 – 27th Annual Legislative Forum

We also want to include YOU in helping make this year of celebrations happen! Sign up for our 80th Anniversary Gala Sub Commitee and put your skills to work! We would love to have you a part of our team!

Sign up here! 

Thank you for being part of our community, and thank you for all of your work on behalf of people with I/DD for the last 80 years.

Take a look at our journey and freshen up on our history here!

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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.

Your Chapter Membership includes:

• Membership in the State and National Arcs
• A vote on incoming board members at The Arc of King County’s annual meeting
• 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
• Get free trial subscription to Apostrophe Magazine and a free one year digital subscription to ABILITY Magazine.

Your membership is valid for one year. Your 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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For questions about membership, email kmiller@arcofkingcounty.org or call (206) 829-7008

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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 us to raise awareness and funds in support of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities at our 3rd Annual 5k for Inclusion! This non-competitive, fully inclusive event is for everyone - all ages and all abilities are encouraged to participate! Our goal is to raise $10,000 to continue creating a inclusive community for all! We can't wait to see you there!

WHEN: Saturday, September 10th 2016. Check In begins at 8:00am
5K Run/Walk begins at 9:00am!

Event Timeline
8:00am   Check-in & Registration and light breakfast items available
8:00am  Resource Fair opens!
8:40am Opening welcome including group warm-up
9:00am 5k for Inclusion begins!
9:30am -10:30am  Participants begin to return to the finish line. Participants each receive their 2016 5k for Inclusion race medal,
participate in team photos,
visit the food area, and check out the resource fair!
11:00am   Awards Ceremony

WHERE: Magnuson Park - Sand Point Way NE and NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115

 WHY: To raise awareness and funds in support of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY FOR THE 5K FOR INCLUSION!

5k Map 2016

Walk Routes

There are 2 route options to choose from this year. All routes will start out on the grass between the balloon columns. Follow event signs onto the cement sidewalk leading onto the beach walk heading south. You will round back on the beach walk and then head north up the beach walk towards the dog off leash beach park.


1-mile Route: Cross the start line (balloon columns) and follow the cement path onto the beach walk heading South towards the boat launch. Make a U-turn on the beach walk near the bathrooms and head North towards the swim beach following the directional arrows on the map. Proceed on the course around the dog off leash park coming back South towards Kite Hill taking the small path that reconnects to the beach walk path. Proceed down the Beach Walk heading South one more time, taking a final U-turn then returning at the balloon columns for the finish.

3.1-mile Route: Cross the start line (balloon columns) and follow the cement path onto the beach walk heading South towards the boat launch. Make a U-turn on the beach walk near the bathrooms and head North towards the swim beach following the directional arrows on the map. Proceed on the course around the dog off Leash Park coming back South towards Kite Hill taking the small path that reconnects to the beach walk path. Proceed down the Beach Walk heading south again taking the U-turn to proceed onto your second lap. You will complete this route 3 times total for the complete 3.1 mile route.

Driving Directions to Magnuson Park 5k Location

  • From Interstate 5 you can exit at either NE 45th St (Exit #169) or NE 65th St (Exit #171).
  • From the N.E. 45th Street exit, go east on 45th, past the University of Washington, and down the 45th St ramp. Continue east past University Village Shopping Center. Bear left and continue about 2 miles. You will pass Seattle Children’s Hospital and Sand Point Village/Princeton Avenue. Enter the park on NE 65th St entrance.
  • From the I-5 N.E. 65th Street exit, head east approximately four miles on 65th (stay on the arterial!) until you have crossed Sand Point Way NE into the NE 65th St entrance to Warren G. Magnuson Park.
  • From State Route 520 (SR520): Take the Montlake Boulevard exit (north) and continue north about 1 mile. Bear to the right as Montlake Boulevard becomes NE 45th St, continue past University Village Shopping Center. Continue east through the NE 45th/ Union Bay Place intersection. As the street bears to the left and north, it then becomes Sand Point Way NE. Continue on Sand Point Way NE about 2 miles, you will pass Seattle Children’s Hospital and Sand Point Village/ Princeton Avenue. Enter the park on the NE 65th St. entrance.
  • From Interstate 90 (I-90): Take Interstate 5 north and continue about 4.5 miles to Exit #169, NE 45th St. At the stoplight, turn right onto NE 45th Street and continue east about 1.5 miles, passing the University of Washington campus and heading down a steep hill. At the bottom of the hill, turn left at the stoplight and continue east on NE 45th St. NE 45th Street will bear left and become Sand Point Way NE. Continue on Sand Point Way NE about 2 miles, you will pass Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center and Sand Point Village/Princeton Avenue. Enter the park on the NE 65th St entrance.
  • For driving directions from your home, enter the destination address Sand Point Way NE and NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115 

Parking Information

  • Parking is available in parking lots E3, E4, and along the road leading up to and near the event site on a first come first serve basis. Please carpool if possible as parking is limited and all overflow parking must go into lot E2.
  • Accessible parking will be available in lot E4 and along the road near the event site.

Thank you to our event sponsors!



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Thank you to our in-kind event sponsors!

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Interested in volunteering at the 5k for inclusion? Click here to be directed to the volunteer registration page! 

Interested in sponsoring or becoming a community partner at this all inclusive event? Click here to jump on board! Questions or would like to build a sponsorship to fit your needs? Email scourt@arcofkingcounty.org