Family Health Forums

Family Health Forums provide a space for the families and caregivers of people with intellectual disabilities to engage with health professionals, community leaders and social service providers. The Forums, which are conducted online via Zoom, introduce new families to Special Olympics and services provided through Healthy Athletes, Young Athletes and other community-based programs for people with intellectual disabilities, while also surfacing challenges that athletes and families face and how best to overcome them—with a special focus on bettering access to health care, education and inclusive activities.

Please join us by registering to join the Zoom calls.  For the complete schedule of upcoming Family Health Forums, please check our online events calendar. And in case you miss one, Forum recordings and other resources will be posted on this page.

October 4, 2021 | Dual Special Needs Plan: 2021 Update

Join panelists from New Generation Strategies to learn more about the services individuals with intellectual disabilities are eligible to receive through the Dual Special Needs Plan.

Zoom Recording

January 25, 2021 | Navigating Insurance with Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy

Panelists from Washington Autism Alliance (WAA) and Special Olympics Washington athlete leaders discussed how to navigate health insurance for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Zoom Recording

November 5, 2020 | Inclusion on the Line: How Cuts Could Devastate Community Supports

Medicaid long-term supports make living and thriving in the community possible for thousands of children and adults with developmental disabilities. A plan to cut support and save money would gut the program and end services for about 30% of people supported by DDA home and community-based waivers, and they might not ever get them back. We’ll review what’s proposed and what the impact would be, then go over steps you can take to help protect community supports. Presented by the Arc of King County.

Slide Presentation | Zoom Recording 

October 26, 2020 | Dual Special Needs Plan

Join panelists from New Generation Strategies to learn more about the services you are eligible to receive through the Dual Special Needs Plan.

Slide Presentation | Zoom Recording

August 24, 2020 | Internet Safety & Healthy Relationships

Join panelists from the Arc of King County and a Special Olympics athlete to discuss staying safe online. We have all been spending a lot more time a home due to COVID, and we have consequently all be spending a lot more time on the internet. It is important to know how to spend that time safely.

Zoom Recording | Slide Presentation

June 29, 2020 | COVID-19 and the Special Olympics Athlete

Join Rebecca Partridge MD and Special Olympics Washington Health Messenger Crystal Womack for a family-centered discussion and information session on COVID-19 and the IDD population.

Zoom Recording | Slide Presentation | Resource List