Community of Practice: What is it? What does it mean?

The Community of Practice workshop is an opportunity to bring people together to focus on the bigger picture:  What is a meaningful life for an individual with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities?  What is the vision? What is your community’s on-going commitment?

Ed Holen, Executive Director of The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council, and/or Betsy McAlister, The Arc of Washington State, will facilitate a one day workshop exploring the Community of Practice efforts in Washington State.

They will share information and planning with an emphasis on person centered planning applications, Informing Families bulletins and other concrete tools from the National Community of Practice LifeCourse Toolkit

The afternoon portion of the workshop will look at identifying key partners in our community and discuss what they bring to the table. This includes how organizations can develop community support and services for families as well as how families make connections with formal Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and other state services. In our discussion we will reflect on goals and the next steps.

If you’re interested in attending, please respond to this email by May 20th. We have a capacity of 25-30 participants. Also, please feel free to forward this to others you think might be interested in attending!

Date: Friday, May 27

Time: 10-2:00 pm (arrive at 9:30 am to meet/network with other participants)

Location: Children’s Village, 3801 Kern Rd., Yakima

Lunch provided


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