Christa's Story - 2017
More than 40 percent of the homeless population are people with disabilities. Increasingly, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are navigating crises brought by lack of affordable housing and the limited financial resources of a fixed income.
Christa Grant was diagnosed with a disability at birth: she has been interacting with a number of systems her entire life. In 2014, a domestic violence situation left her homeless, with no family or natural supports to help. She spent two years couch surfing and sleeping on the streets while working with The Arc's Representative Payee and Information and Family Support programs to regain stable housing.
Living Our Legacy: 80 Years at The Arc of King County - 2016
Founded in 1936, The Arc works with families from prenatal diagnosis through end of life care. This video highlights former Board Trustee and honored community member, Margaret Lee Thompson, and the Urite Family, longtime participants in The Arc's Parent to Parent and Information & Family Support programs.
Joel Romeo, Supported Living Participant - 2014
Produced & Directed by Marcy Stone-Francois
At The Arc of King County, we provide Supported Living direct care to about 45 people and we see both the immediate need and tremendous benefits of community residential services. We know having a friendship or relationship with someone with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) changes attitudes and beliefs about what people with I/DD can accomplish and raises expectations for what they can achieve and contribute in their lifetimes.
The Supported Living model is the most cost-efficient for residential care and the most person-centered, connecting people with natural supports so they can thrive. Joel is a longtime program participant who has been embraced by his neighborhood community in Ballard. This film was produced and directed by Marcy Stone-Francois, edited by Mikhail Skopstov, with Cinematography by Futsam Tsegai and Cozell Wilson. Nobody Loves Joel Romeo won "Best Film" and "Best Original Score" at the 2014 International Documentary Challenge at Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.