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  • Workshops - LifeSPAN
    networks of support for their loved ones practical advice on estate and financial planning and concrete ideas on steps to take to provide a safe and secure life for your relative This workshop is for you if you are asking these questions How will individuals with disabilities continue the quality of life they now experience with their parents Who will be there in the future to provide security and friendship for my son or daughter Who will be there to ensure that the interests of my son daughter brother or sister are protected their contributions are recognized and their needs and choices are honored This practical discussion explores the challenges families face in planning the future from the perspective of parents and adult siblings It engages attendees in considering what makes a Good Life filled with friendship a chance to contribute choice a welcoming home and a secure financial future back to top Wills and Estates This workshop addresses these important topics Wills and Estates Financial Planning Financial Vehicles Funding a Special Needs Trust Guardianship Options and Ensuring Choice Safety back to top Seven Steps This training provides a small group setting where you will be guided through the steps of creating a personal future plan for your relative with a disability Discussions are based on the book entitled Safe Secure by Al Etmanski co founder of PLAN Register now for 7 Steps in 6 Sessions beginning February 24 2016 Topics include STEP 1 Sharing your vision What would a Good Life look like for your relative STEP 2 Building relationships How can relationships be expanded STEP 3 Creating a home How can we create a welcoming and secure home STEP 4 Making a contribution How can the natural gifts of our relatives be validated expanded and encouraged STEP 5

    Original URL path: http://www.lifespan-wa.org/workshops/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Get Involved - LifeSPAN
    of friends of a person with a disability to help that person connect to community make contributions and enjoy a good life For more information contact our LifeSPAN Network Coordinator Joanne Whitehead joanne lifespan wa org We also have openings for part time paid network facilitators See the Facilitator Job Openings Become a Family or Lifetime Member If you would like to establish a personal support network for your relative with a disability consider joining LifeSPAN as a Family Member If it is right for your family and you wish to set up ongoing financial support for a lifetime commitment to supporting your loved one s personal support network consider joining as a Lifetime Member For more information review the Membership FAQs and contact LifeSPAN info lifespan wa org Comparison of LifeSPAN Memberships Expectations of Membership Contact us at info lifespan wa org Another Way to Support LifeSPAN Use GoodSearch and GoodShop The Yahoo powered search engine www goodsearch com donates half its advertising revenue to registered charities Use it just as you would any search engine To designate LifeSPAN go to www goodsearch com and in the box that says enter your charity here type in LifeSPAN From the list displayed select LifeSPAN Lifetime Personal Assistance Network Bellevue WA The more you use GoodSearch the more our donations add up Once you ve designated LifeSPAN on GoodSearch you can also go shopping at ww goodsearch com goodshop aspx an online shopping mall which donates up to 30 of each purchase to LifeSPAN Hundreds of stores including Amazon Target Gap Best Buy eBay Macy s and Barnes Noble have teamed up with GoodShop And of course please tell your friends about these great ways to donate to LifeSPAN Thank you for your support of LifeSPAN a 501 c 3 not

    Original URL path: http://www.lifespan-wa.org/get-involved/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Membership FAQs - LifeSPAN
    LifeSPAN to schedule a Future Planning Consultation back to top What is the Future Planning Consultation The Future Planning Consultation is a process that helps a family review the current state of affairs pertaining to their relative with a disability It takes about two hours and uses a structured interview format The LifeSPAN representatives who conduct the consultation produce a written report for the family If the family decides to join LifeSPAN the Future Planning Consultation will be a key document used by LifeSPAN to help begin the process of starting a network for the family member with a disability LifeSPAN offers this service to all families regardless of whether they are planning to join LifeSPAN or not In fact for some families the Future Planning Consultation has provided a good opportunity to consider whether membership in LifeSPAN fits into the family s future plans The cost is 200 If you are interested in scheduling a Future Planning Consultation or to learn more about it please email info lifespan wa org back to top What happens after the Future Planning Consultation Following the Future Planning Consultation the family may be ready to apply for membership in LifeSPAN LifeSPAN currently offers two main membership options Family and Lifetime Memberships The two membership options are similar in that they each entail creation of a personal support network facilitation by a LifeSPAN facilitator and LifeSPAN s commitment to maintain that network as long as the family continues the membership in LifeSPAN Both Family and Lifetime Members are full voting members of LifeSPAN and are encouraged to become active in the organization serving on committees or the Board supporting events and being a resource to the LifeSPAN community The main difference between the two membership options is that with the Family Membership it is up to the family to decide how the LifeSPAN membership and network will be financed on an ongoing basis for the duration of the life of the relative with a disability Comparison Of LifeSPAN Memberships If or when the family decides to join as a Lifetime Member the family will be required to provide a notarized copy of their will estate language to LifeSPAN and to meet with LifeSPAN to review and update the Future Planning Consultation and Family History as well as clarify any specific expectations of LifeSPAN for the lifetime of the Focus Person This can be done at any time and at no extra cost to families So if your family is interested in joining LifeSPAN you would complete and submit the following documents Family Membership Application Family History LifeSPAN reviews and approves the application then contacts the family to begin the process for LifeSPAN to select a facilitator to help establish a personal support network for the family member with a disability Note A third membership option we offer is Friend of LifeSPAN for those who want to support LifeSPAN s work in the community but are not planning to create a personal support network for

    Original URL path: http://www.lifespan-wa.org/get-involved/membership-faqs/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The Good Life Award - LifeSPAN
    work with the Arc of King County She has been an invaluable resource for families on housing state rules and regulations and advocacy She is approachable friendly and deeply knowledgeable 2012 Good Life Award Winner AtWork has been at the forefront of the movement from sheltered workshops to community employment They have helped change the face of employment for people with disabilities by focusing as much on the employer s needs as on its clients needs AtWork Strategizes designs and creates jobs that are valuable meaningful and deliver a measurable benefit to everyone involved Ron Sims as King County Executive helped to create major opportunities for people with disabilities His influence not only created jobs and support but also provided natural integration into the community in a broader sense Ron is an example of one of LifeSPAN s core values everyone has a contribution to make and the richest communities are those with a place for everyone Sherry McNary as an employee of Washington Initiative for Supported Employment Sherry created the My Home My Life program as a gathering place for families to share information and as a resource for community knowledge of all sorts Meetings include activities for sons and daughters Sherry has also been an inspiration with her work with her brother Jeff helping him to start and maintain his own shredding company 2011 Good Life Award Winners Bill Kathy Sellars were a couple who not only advocated for their own daughter Kari Sellars but for all people with disabilities Bill served as President of the Arc of Washington State and Kathy has been a topnotch resource for families for years The home they created for their daughter is a model and inspiration for other families They recognized from the start the depth and breadth of a good

    Original URL path: http://www.lifespan-wa.org/get-involved/the-good-life-award/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Contact Us - LifeSPAN
    Life Award Contact Us Select Page Our administrative office is staffed part time If you telephone please leave a message and we will return your call Thank you LifeSPAN s office is located in the Together Center Campus in Redmond Our office is on the ground floor near an accessible entrance with access to many common facilities Get Driving Directions LifeSPAN at the Together Center Campus 16315 NE 87th St

    Original URL path: http://www.lifespan-wa.org/contact-us/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Our Stories Archives - LifeSPAN
    confidence to create connection with others I was reminded that these skills and connections are basic needs that we all have With LifeSPAN I have been given the pleasure to work with Andrea and her family I am privileged to build a personal and meaningful relationship with her that is different from my therapeutic relationships She has amazing spunk motivation and a huge personality She s inspiring I am excited to see what is to come with my time working with Andrea and LifeSPAN Outside of LifeSPAN and my studies I spend my time with my husband Michael and three stepchildren Alexis Michael Jr and Ethan We are new to the Seattle area My husband and I recently purchased our first home together so our weekends are spent remodeling our home As a family we spend a lot of time together playing family baseball at a local park showing kids our favorite 80s and 90s movies and discovering new towns to Network Facilitator Joanna Lowell Forker by admin Apr 27 2015 Our Stories I joined the LifeSPAN family in January of 2014 I have had the privilege of being a facilitator for Dan Mickey and Jerry These individuals have brought so much love laughter and joy into my life and I have so enjoyed getting to know their networks their family friends and the significant people in their lives I think when Dan said that I was hot the first time we met I was instantly in love but in my time spent getting to know each of these fun loving and special individuals they each stole a piece of my heart Their networks are very different and each has its own unique personality but what they share is an uncommon care and concern for each other commitment to supporting one another and a love for fun and food In these networks we talk about what we need to have the good life what challenges us and what we need to reach our goals In learning together we have had our share of emotional moments but mostly true joy in that we have each other When I am not with Dan Mickey or Jerry I am with my other heart throbs my husband Tolli son Tommy 19 daughter Izzy 16 and daughter Emma 9 Growing up as a Missionary kid I got to travel the world tend to lepers give baths to children in an orphanage even serve with Mother Teresa in a food line and while I don t well remember the four languages I used to speak or recall all the names of everyone who impacted my life along the way Network Facilitator Kelly Delaney by admin Apr 27 2015 Our Stories Kelly Delaney became Kari s network facilitator over a year and a half ago She and Kari are the same age and live in the same neighborhood Her role as Kari s network facilitator is a personally enriching life experience for me and an evolving one

    Original URL path: http://www.lifespan-wa.org/topics/stories/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Seven Steps Workshop - LifeSPAN
    co founder of the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network PLAN Join LifeSPAN and a small group of individuals interested in topics of importance around creating safe and secure futures for relatives with disabilities Meetings take place between 7p and 9p The 6 sessions will will cover the following topics 1 CLARIFYING YOUR VISION Rallying people around your hopes for the future What does a good life look like for my relative with a disability 2 NURTURING FRIENDSHIPS Creating and maintaining a strong network of caring committed friends and supporters How can social relationships be expanded and sustained 3 CREATE A HOME RECOGNIZING CONTRIBUTION Making a house a home How can we create a welcoming and secure home 4 ENSURING CHOICE MAKING SOUND DECISIONS Protecting vulnerabilities and honoring choices How do we respect the choices of our relatives and keep them safe 5 ACHIEVING FINANCIAL SECURITY Wills trusts and supported decision making What tools are needed to make your plan a reality 6 SECURING YOUR PLAN What can I do to strengthen the plan over time BEGINS Wednesday Feb 24 7pm 9pm in NE Seattle Dates for the 6 sessions are Feb 24 Mar 2 Mar 9 Mar 23 Mar 30 Apr

    Original URL path: http://www.lifespan-wa.org/2016/01/seven-steps-workshop/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Events Archives - LifeSPAN
    club style discussion around what you can do to create a personal future plan for your relative with a disability The workshop cost includes the book Safe and Secure by Al Etmanski co founder of the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network PLAN Join LifeSPAN and a small group of individuals interested in topics of importance around creating safe and secure futures for relatives with disabilities Meetings take place between 7p and 9p The 6 sessions will will cover the following topics 1 CLARIFYING YOUR VISION Rallying people around your hopes for the future What does a good life look like for my relative with a disability 2 NURTURING FRIENDSHIPS Creating and maintaining a strong network of caring committed friends and supporters How can social relationships be expanded and sustained 3 CREATE A HOME RECOGNIZING CONTRIBUTION Making a house a home How can we create a welcoming and secure home 4 ENSURING CHOICE MAKING SOUND DECISIONS Protecting vulnerabilities and honoring choices How do we respect the choices of our relatives and keep them safe 5 ACHIEVING FINANCIAL SECURITY Wills trusts and supported decision making What tools are needed to make your plan a reality 6 SECURING YOUR PLAN What can I do

    Original URL path: http://www.lifespan-wa.org/topics/events/ (2016-02-16)
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