The Arc of Katy’s new Empowerment Through Knowledge series continues with free sessions for caregivers on March 28 and April 25 focused on effectively accessing services and education programs of benefit to individuals with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities from childhood throughout their lives. The evening education sessions are designed to enhance knowledge and skills of persons who care for, live with, educate or otherwise serve individuals with I/DD and other special needs.

Each session will be held from 6:30 to 8 pm in Meeting Room A at Kingsland Baptist Church, 20555 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, TX 77450, accessible through Parking Entrance #3.

Register here for Navigating the System: Accessing Services for Your Child Now and for the Long Term to be presented on March 28 by Mary Jane Williams who serves as the Executive Director for Family to Family Network. Family to Family Network provides resources, trainings, and networking opportunities for parents of children with a disability. Ms. Williams will discuss long term services and supports and how they can be accessed when trying to navigate a system that is confusing and filled with unfamiliar acronyms and terms.

Register here for Navigating the Special Education Process to be presented on April 25 by Fred Shafer, Chairman of the Board for The Arc of Katy with 40 years of special education experience in the public school setting, and Marchelle Peters, who serves as an Instructional Officer for LIFE Skills and Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities for the Katy Independent School District Special Education Department. Participants will gain information on navigating the special education process including evaluations, eligibility, IEP development, ARD meetings, and effective communication and collaboration with the school.

Color for a Cause 5K on April 13 benefits The Arc of Katy

Join the 2019  Color for A Cause 5K Fun Run and Walk  on  April 13, 2019,  benefitting The Arc of Katy.

Students from Cinco Ranch High School’s Future Business Leaders of America are hosting a Color for a Cause 5K fun run to raise funds to support The Arc of Katy programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental (IDD).

The run will be held on April 13 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Cinco Ranch High School, 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in Katy.  Participants can run or walk.  Also, a special track area is available for those participants with special needs.  To register online, go to, or you can download the paper registration form here.

The cost to participate is $25 each if registered by the early bird registration deadline, Feb. 28; $30 each if registered by March 31; and $35 each from April 1 through the day of the event.  Each participant will receive a t-shirt; sizes are not guaranteed for registrations submitted after March 31.

We look forward to seeing you on April 13 as we fill the air with color and stretch our legs with steps for a great cause!

The Arc of Katy 2019 Gala Opportunities

The Arc of Katy Board of Directors invites you to participate in our 2019 Gala – a memorable evening of dining and entertainment to raise funds to help maintain programs that empower and enrich lives of individuals with I/DD and their families.  The event will be Friday, May 3, at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside, 13210 Katy Freeway.  Please consider becoming a Gala sponsor, underwriter or donor for the live or silent auctions.  For more information on sponsorship or to purchase tickets to attend, visit our 2019 Gala registration site.

Empowerment Through Knowledge Training Series

The Arc of Katy is initiating a new service called Empowerment Through Knowledge (ETK) that will focus on EMPOWERMENT  by providing training opportunities to increase the knowledge and skills of persons who live with or serve individuals with intellectual, developmental or other disabilities.  The first series of trainings will address the grief that parents may experience when their child is born with a disability or the diagnosis becomes apparent as the child grows, navigating the Medicaid process and  navigating the often times complex special education process.  Participants can get more information and register for the trainings by clicking here


The Arc of Katy Presents at the Katy Rotary Meeting

The Arc of Katy was invited to present at the January Katy Rotary Meeting.  Billy Schuiten, Becky Biancamano, Dawn Wethey, Day Program Coordinator and Margaret Laney, Board Member shared information about The Arc of Katy programs and services and ways to support the organization.  Thank you to the Katy Rotary for inviting The Arc of Katy to share our story.

Amy Campbell Elementary Dedication

Congratulations to Katy ISD Amy Campbell Elementary and Namesake Amy Campbell on the school’s dedication.  Amy served as special education teacher in Katy ISD for over 30 years.  She is a founding member of The Arc of Katy and serves on the Board of Directors.  Pictured with Amy is Courtney Doyle, KISD Board President, Ken Gregorski, KISD Superintendent and Jaime Shipley, Principal of Campbell Elementary.