Special Needs Community Connection
for Snohomish County

Establishment of this site was recommended by attendees of a 2013 Forum that gathered to discuss ways to promote the artistic abilities of persons with disabilities in the greater Everett area. This Forum was partially funded by the City of Everett Cultural Arts Commission and sponsored by All Aboard. In addition to listed programs that provide activities and events whereby folks with special needs can create, perform, or enjoy the arts, you will find other local organizations that serve as resources to support this population. We are hoping this site will strengthen connections, promote future collaboration, and provide more inclusive opportunities within our local and regional communities for our special needs population.

Click on the agency name in BOLD to see a brief description; click it again to close the description.

± ALL ABOARD - EVERETT

--- www.allaboardwa.org

All Aboard is primarily a day program that provides recreational, social and educational activities for adults (18 and over) with special needs and helps them develop an active, positive, and inclusive lifestyle. In addition, we sponsor the monthly S.P.I.N. dance at Forest Park, 3rd Tues nites, and other community events.

± ARC OF SNOHOMISH COUNTY

--- www.arcsno.org

The Arc - Advocates for the Rights of Citizens with developmental disabilities - began in Snohomish County in 1943 with a group of parents interested in obtaining programs and services. There existed a critical need at that time to develop special education programs for their children. The Arc of Snohomish County grew out of their efforts. We're affiliated with The Arc of Washington State and The Arc of the United States. The Arc programs are designed to foster inclusion and self-advocacy among its members with developmental disabilities. The Arc also provides assistance and education to families to promote greater self-reliance and advocacy skills.

± ART AS A WAY - WHIDBEY ISLAND

--- www.wayartstudio.com

Art As A Way Freeland, Whidbey Island, WA is an organization that is working to enrich the lives of people with and without disabilities through participatory art. We use art-based activities to explore the unique human potential of individuals within the special needs community.

± EAGLE WINGS disABILITY MINISTRIES - MARYSVILLE

--- www.eaglewingsministries.org

Bringing persons with disAbilities and the community at large together into relationship.

± EVERETT CULTURAL ARTS COMMISSION

--- www.ci.everett.wa.us/default.aspx?ID=1122

The Everett Cultural Arts Commission, established in 1974, is a citizen advisory board composed of eleven volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council. Commission members include artists, arts professionals and other citizens with strong links to Everett's arts community.

± FRIENDSHIP ADVENTURES - WESTERN WASHINGTON

--- www.friendshipadventures.org

Friendship Adventures is an all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people with developmental disabilities by providing social, recreational and educational activities in a safe, engaging environmentآuilding interpersonal skills, confidence and lifelong friendships ... one smile at a time!

± FULL LIFE ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE - SNOHOMISH AND KING COUNTIES

--- www.fulllifecare.org

Full Life helps adults of all ages with chronic illnesses, physical or developmental disabilities. We are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving peoples lives and supporting caregivers. Since the 1970s, we have helped thousands of individuals preserve their dignity and avoid living in a nursing home or in isolation.

± MARYSVILLE YMCA - MARYSVILLE

--- http://ymca-snoco.org/social-responsibility/adaptive.ashx?p=1284

The Marysville YMCA currently offers a monthly dance (SPIN and Fit) and a special needs swim program. The Marysville YMCA is becoming a community center for people with developmental disabilities where they can participate in a wide variety of activities.

± NORTHSHORE WRANGLERS - BOTHELL

--- www.northshorewranglers.org

Special recreation and community inclusion program serving people with special needs. Since 1998 the Northshore Wranglers Program has offered activities, advocacy and support for individuals of all ages with intellectual, cognitive and developmental disabilities. Our programs include families and caregivers, offering year-round, weekly and ongoing specialized and inclusive opportunities for all participants. The Wranglers is a non-profit program of Bothelly Northshore Senior Centery Health and Wellness Department.

± NW SPECIAL ARTISTS - EDMONDS

--- www.nwspecialartists.com

NWSA's Mission is to create opportunities in our community where the Arts are accessible to all individuals with disabilities. NWSA is a community outreach program developed to support access of the Arts to artists with disabilities by developing art programs, art exhibits, and art shows that promote disability awareness and inclusion in our community.

± QUILCEDA COMMUNITY SERVICES - MARYSVILLE

--- www.quilcedacommunityservices.org

Quilceda Community Services, established as a non-profit corporation in 1976, was formed to provide quality, individualized care for adults with developmental disabilities. The agency continues as a caregiving service provider at several locations in Marysville, WA. Seeing an unmet community need, the agency began offering a specialized recreation program called Willow Place, in 2008, with four attendees. Now having participants from eleven Snohomish County communities, the program is offered Mondays-Thursdays with eight weekly sessions, serving dozens of attendees with a holistic, wellness program of ability-appropriate activities.

± SCHACK ART CENTER - EVERETT

--- www.schack.org

Schack Art Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating the arts for the enhancement of community life. Founded more than 38 years ago as the Arts Council of Snohomish County, the Schack Art Center opened in April 2011 and was named for John and Idamae Schack, in honor of their steadfast support of Everett's cultural institutions. Today the Schack Art Center is the place to look at, learn about, and create art in our region.

± SEATTLE CHILDREN’S ALYSSA BURNETT ADULT LIFE CENTER- BOTHELL

--- www.seattlechildrens.org/contact/alyssa-burnett-adult-life-center/

Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center is a day-time recreation Center for adults with developmental disabilities, offering an array of classes and activities designed to enhance the quality of life for these young adults and adults. Classes offered range from cooking, life skills, art, music, fitness, etc.

± SHORELINE SPECIAL RECREATION PROGRAM

--- www.shorelinewa.gov/government/departments/parks-recreation-cultural-services/recreation-programs/specialized-recreation

If you are looking for an Adult Day Program, weekend trips, or special events, Shoreline has it all. We offer a wide variety of activities specifically for individuals with developmental disabilities. We run all of our programs using trained and qualified staff that put an emphasis on safety and, of course, fun. Check out the current Recreation Guide to see all the great programs we offer.

± SIXTH DAY DANCE COMPANY - EVERETT

--- http://www.sixthdaydance.org/

While most dance groups seek to produce perfect movements through choreography and execution, the Sixth Day Dance Company believes that people of all forms and abilities can perform the art of dance. Sixth Day Dance brings together performers with and without physical and intellectual disabilities.

± SNOHOMISH COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION

--- www.snohomishcountywa.gov/826/Specialized-Recreation

Snohomish County Parks & Rec specialized and inclusive recreation programs provide people with varying ages, abilities, and backgrounds an opportunity to come together and share common interests.

± VILLAGE COMMUNITY SERVICES - ARLINGTON

--- www.villagecommunitysvcs.org

Village Community Services is a mission-driven organization committed to making a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities. We have been providing quality residential support and vocational services to adults with disabilities for more than 50 years. Our service area encompasses Snohomish, Island and Skagit counties.

± VOICES OF THE VILLAGE - ARLINGTON

--- www.villagecommunitysvcs.org/vcs/voices_of_the_village.htm

The Voices of the Village performance ensemble inspires audiences throughout Washington State at festivals, fundraisers, coffee houses, and other community venues. Membership in the ensemble is open to people of all ages and abilities, and audience members are encouraged to participate using drums, shakers, and tambourines supplied by the band. It is truly an inclusive experience.

± VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA - WESTERN WASHINGTON

--- www.voaww.org

Volunteers of America is a national, faith-based human services organization that helps some of the most vulnerable families, children, seniors and people with disabilities in our communities lead safe, healthy, independent and productive lives. As part of the national Volunteers of America, VOA Western Washington is rooted in the long-standing tradition of compassionate, holistic service that addresses some our community's most important human service issues.

± WARM BEACH CAMP - STANWOOD

--- www.specialfriends.warmbeach.com

Providing diverse accommodations, meeting spaces, recreation, and service, Warm Beach Camp is the perfect place for your group's next camp or retreat! We exist to provide environments, experiences, and resources, which draw people of all ages to God through the ministry of Christian Camping.

If you are associated with one of the organizations listed above and would like to make changes to your description, or if you are not listed and would like to be added, please email info@specialneedscommunityconnection.org.