Information and resources for families and professionals working with children with special needs:



Featuring Keynote Speaker: Shelley Moore


You are invited: Parents, Self-Advocates, General Ed Teachers, Special Ed Teachers, Administrators, Support Staff, Paraprofessionals, and Students


We will Discuss:

  • Behavior strategies
  • Inclusive individual programming
  • Inclusive practices
  • Peer connections
  • Purposeful inclusive learning systems change for inclusion
  • Universal design for learning
When: April 27, 2019; 8:30-4:30pm
Location: Spokane Valley Event Center

10514 E Sprague Ave

Spokane WA 99206


Click here for more information



VOICES OF AUTISM: Individuals, Families, and Professionals


Seattle Pacific University’s School of Psychology, Family, and Community presents Voices of Autism: Individuals, Families, and Professionals. This annual event features a community resource fair and keynote lecture to share the experiences and perspectives of members within the autism community.


Keynote Speaker, by Allison Brooks, PhD.

Dr. Brooks has worked with hundreds of individuals with autism (and other neurodevelopmental disorders) and their families and educational and clinical care teams. From these experiences, Dr. Brooks will provide her perspective on what information can help parents/caregivers advocate for and access appropriate educational services and supports for their children with autism spectrum disorders in this introductory level session.


When: Saturday, April 27th, 2019; 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: Demaray Hall 150 Seattle Pacific University 

509 West Bertona

Seattle, WA 98119


Directions & Parking: Directions to SPU and a campus map can be found here: Parking is free in all SPU lots on the weekends. (Lot #48 on the campus map is the closest lot to Demaray Hall)


Register Here



Conference Purpose

  • Promote the mutual understanding of the contributions families and providers bring to the lives of young children;
  • Challenge thinking about diversity and disability;
  • Increase family and provider effectiveness through new skills, strategies and ideas to ensure high quality services;
  • Enhance understanding of the unique strengths and needs of each family;
  • Foster partnerships among families, service providers, agencies and sponsors to ensure coordinated services in local communities;
  • Promote networking and coalition building around early childhood issues;
  • Promote evidence based practices in early childhood education;
  • Enhance the lives of families and their children through the use of information and technology.  
When: Pre-Conference, May 1, 2019; 8:00am – 5:00

Conference, May 2-3, 2019; 7:30-5:00pm

Location: Tacoma Convention Center

1500 Commerce

Tacoma WA 98402


To review the conference brochure, click here





The 2019 Family Voices Leadership Conference will bring together a diverse community of family and youth leaders, family members, professional partners, and other stakeholders from across the country.  


Family leaders from every state as well as territories and tribes, who are parents of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities, will gather with their professional allies.  Attendees will learn from each other, share resources and expertise, explore ways to improve supports to families, learn new strategies for managing nonprofits, and increase capacity for families to partner in systems change.


When: May 8-10, 2019
Location: FHI 360 Conference Center

1825 Connecticut Ave NW, 8th Floor

Washington DC 20009


 Register Here




FREE Webinar: Build Your Resource Toolkit to Engage Linguistically Diverse Youth and Families

Presented By: Ginger Kwan, Executive Director of Open Doors for Multicultural Families


This Webinar is designed for professionals who seek resources in different languages to work with linguistically diverse parents of youth with developmental/intellectual disabilities.


When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019; 11:00am – 12:00pm


For more details on the webinar, click here


Registration is required, click here to register



Transition Took Kit


The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit will help guide you on the journey from adolescence to adulthood.


This kit will provide you with suggestions and options for you to consider as you set out to find your child’s own unique path to adulthood.


Topics covered include self-advocacy skills, legal issues, housing and employment options.


The kit is broken into the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Developing Independent Living Skills
  • Planning for Transition
  • Legal Matters to Consider
  • Community Living
  • Employment and Other Options
  • Postsecondary Educational Opportunities
  • Housing and Residential Supports
  • Health
  • Technology
  • Conclusion
  • Resources

Click here to download the free Transition Tool Kit




Talking About Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention – Toolkit


Welcome to Talking About Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention (revised) – a toolkit compendium of research on how Americans think about child development and how to increase public support for policies that support prevention and intervention policies that reduce child abuse and neglect.


Inside this toolkit you will find applications materials, based on the research findings, that can help engage the public in understanding early child development as it applies to child abuse and neglect prevention, understanding potential policy directions, supporting solutions to pressing problems, and improving how others are talking about child abuse and neglect. This toolkit was developed by the FrameWorks Institute and is split up into three sections: the Message Memos, Research Reports, and Applications.


To view the toolkit, Click Here







We’re proud to announce that the Spokane Guilds’ School & Neuromuscular Center is now Joya Child & Family Development!  


The new name and brand are the result of a thorough and thoughtful process involving not just our staff, but also our boards and other key community members who support our children and families. Although our organization’s name has changed, our commitment to providing comprehensive support to our children and families in the community remains the same—if not stronger than before.  


Our new name, “Joya,” inspired by the word “Joy,” has roots which mean “jewel,” “gem” or “treasure.” To us, it is especially strong, because this is how we think of the children we serve. Each child is a person to be discovered, revealed and treasured—and cherished for unexpected beauty and joy.  


We have a comprehensive messaging guide for sharing information about Joya Child & Family Development and our new brand.  


In addition, we launched the new Joya Child & Family Development website. This new site provides information on the services we provide, volunteer opportunities, and the life-changing stories of the children and families we impact.  


We’d like to personally thank you for your continued support of Joya Child & Family Development. We value your dedication in supporting our mission to help families thrive, so kids can thrive.   If you have any questions, please contact Teresa Conway at or 509-326-1651.