The Arc of Grays Harbor is a nonprofit charity who advocate a better quality of life for people with disabilities. We offer many useful services. With the support of Grays Harbor County Public Health Department we:
- Provide you with up to date information and resource materials such as diagnostic services for Autism or related disorders and enriching community activities such as Special Olympics through our e-bulletins and Social Networking sites.
- Outreach to individuals with disabilities, families and other stakeholders including the Quinault and Chehalis Nations to help navigate the developmental disabilities, local social services and school systems.
- Host meetings of the Disability Movement Coalition to inform and educate the community about what is happening with legislation relevant to people with disabilities including a legislative reception every January.
- Help you navigate your child's educational system by consulting with you about IEP or 504 meetings.
- Help families know what services are available to them by making Community Information Liaisons available for IEP meetings.
- Help you apply for Social Security Disability, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation or SSI.
- Help you apply for Developmental Disability Administration services.
- Expand the community's understanding of people with developmental disabilities through our Awareness events in October and March.
- Work with the Transition council to offer Navigating the Systems (school, State, Federal), I.E.P. & 504 Plans, Financial Resources, Guardianship & Alternative to Guardianship and an annual Life After High School Resource Fair for students in transition to adulthood.
With the support of the Arc of Washington, we can:
- Help you connect with other parents by offering Parent to Parent support meetings in both Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties
- Help you connect with friends and learn useful life skills with the We Can club
For clients of the Developmental Disabilities Administration we:
- Help you engage and access your community through Community Engagement
To students with IEP or 504 plans, The Department of Vocational Rehabilitation helps us:
- Provide a spring Job Readiness program
- Offer supported summer employment at a variety of locations in the area
For help with these and other questions, contact us at 360.537.7000
The Arc of Grays Harbor offers many programs. One of the more popular ones is the “We Can” club. The club was started in response to research that shows how damaging social isolation is, so the club was created in a way to increase social engagement for people, especially people with disabilities, in Grays Harbor.
We Can Club events are hosted at the Arc of Grays Harbor every second Thursday of the month. Events are inclusive, and although the activities are useful to adults with a wide variety of abilities, everyone in the community is welcome to attend. The activities are various, but always include a useful life skills component (often involving cooking) and lots of fun social engagement things like music, arts, and crafts, or sometimes food and dances.
Events are from 5:30-7:00 pm, check out the calendar on our website to confirm the dates. If this is something that you might be interested please contact the Arc of Grays Harbor at 360-537-7000.
What's the biggest problem that most people with disabilities and their families report? Housing? Medical Care? Nutrition?
No, the biggest self reported problem is social isolation.
The Arc of Grays Harbor now provides Community Guide and Community Engagement services for clients receiving DDA services. These services allow people with disabilities the ability to access their community with the supports they need. Participants engage in a variety of community-based opportunities to grow their social network and knowledge.