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WASILC Sponsoring APRIL Youth Conf. Attendees

The Washington State Independent Living Council (WASILC) has opportunity to send Washington State youth to the upcoming 9th Annual National Youth Conference hosted by The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL). The conference is being held in Spokane, the weekend of October 20-23, 2017.

APRIL is a national grass roots, consumer controlled, non-profit membership organization consisting of Centers for Independent Living, their satellites and branch offices, Statewide Independent Living Councils, and other organizations and individuals concerned with the independent living issues of people with disabilities living in rural America.  APRIL has and still leads an ambitious and beneficial collaboration with rural youth with disabilities, recognizing that the young people of our country are our true leaders.

The APRIL conference is held in different locations every year. This year they are in Spokane. The goal for this year’s conference is to help young people understand the voting process and how to advocate and be a voice in their local community.  The overall experience that youth gain by attending the APRIL Youth Conference includes advocacy skills in housing, transportation, education, healthcare, and employment.  They will learn about diversity and disability disclosure, all while expanding social skills and networks.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for a scholarship to attend the Annual APRIL Youth Conference in October 2017, please direct them to completed application must be received by WASILC no later than August 4, 2017 at 5 pm (PST).       

Preference will be given to those who complete the entirety of the application and return it by August 4, 2017. The criteria to be used in selecting recipients will be based on a complete application, presence of a disability, and content of the responses. Priority will be given to new attendees.

Make it With Wool Contest

The Make It With Wool Contest has been promoting the versatility, beauty and wearability of wool since 1947! Contestants of all ages, from pre-teens through adults, sew, knit, crochet, weave or felt wool garments, which are judged on quality and presentation. In Washington, contests are held at six district locations throughout the state in October. The winners advance to the Washington state competition, and those winners advance to the national contest!

Through the contests, participants enjoy sharing their creativity and skills with each other and the public. Friendships are formed, precious memories are made, and life experiences are gained.

Won’t you join us, and Make It With Wool?!  For more information go to the website:

Helping Horses in Hot Weather

Equine specialists at Washington State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital are urging Inland Northwest horse owners to be a litle more cautious with temperatures expected to hit or break 100 degrees this coming week. Especially of concern is dehydration. Horses, unlike some other animals, have sweat glands all over their bodies. this can cause horses to lose electolytes, in addition to potential dehydration.

For prevention tips and how to spot dehydration in horses, visit

Global Citizenship Lesson Plans

Are you looking for a way to connect your 4-H club to cultures around the globe and help your youth develop life skills that will help them be successful in our interconnected and global society? This Spring, WSU 4-H is looking for a few 4-H clubs or groups (adults and/or youth) to pilot our new 4-H Global Citizenship Lesson plans. These short, inter-active lesson plans will teach youth and adults about 4-H global connections, hunger, culture, and about Burundi (a small country in Africa that WSU 4-H partners with to help start 4-H school gardens). For example, one of the lessons teaches youth about basket weaving and includes an activity teaching youth how create their own basket out of newspaper. Each lesson plan is about 15-20 minutes long and can be easily incorporated into a 4-H club or committee meeting. Would your club be interested in helping our project? If so, please contact us! We are looking for clubs or groups to pilot a few lesson plans and then provide feedback about the lesson plans. The lessons can be taught by an adult volunteer, 4-H staff member or a teen leader—it’s up to you! If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Lauren Hrncirik at or 509-754-2011 ext. 4314 or Mary Katherine Deen or 509-682-6956. Please feel free to pro-mote this opportunity in your county’s newsletter or Facebook page. Thank you!

Meet Dr. Universe!

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Ever since I was a kitten, I’ve been digging in the dirt, gazing at the stars, and exploring new places. I asked lots of questions like: Why do we get hairballs? Why are lasers so fascinating? Why do we have to sleep?

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