April 30, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This is an online event
Zoom / Webinar
Beth Mckenney

Wise Webinar A Day Series: Building Community with David & Cathy Murahashi

Please join us on Thursday, April 30th for our webinar, Building Community” with David Murahashi.

When students with disabilities leave school they need a job, but they also need a meaningful life outside of work.  This webinar will give ideas and share tools to help explore their interests, creatively think about the various kinds of activities and discover ways to identify what is available in their local community. This presentation will emphasize the importance of choice, the dignity of risk and address families’ concerns.  It will discuss ways to build a meaningful day through routines and ways to help establish meaningful relationships.

Learning Objectives (Info, tools, and skills attendees will receive):

  • learn ways to create routines
  • Learn the importance of exploring interests, and providing choice
  • Receive tools and resources to identify activities, map their community, and explore interests
  • Will learn the importance of a robust circle of support


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There are no refunds for those that do not attend the scheduled webinar. If you do miss the webinar, we will provide you with a code to access the next webinar free. 

Wise provides Washington State Educator/Teacher Clock Hours for our webinars. For more information and to request Clock Hours, please click here. 

David Murahashi

David Murahashi is an Independent Special Education Trainer and Consultant who has been working in the disability community for over 10 years, but his connection started much earlier, as he has an older sister with Down syndrome.  His career began as a work study student doing job coaching through WISE. As a job coach, he supported many transition and high school students in the classroom and at job sites in the community.  In 2013, he graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in Special Education.

In 2012 David suffered the first of two strokes which left him with several disabilities. Despite these setbacks, he has helped develop several programs designed to help people with disabilities and their families to start thinking about and prepare for future work in the community. These programs have been implemented in several counties in both Washington and Oregon.

David currently serves on the board of Washington APSE and Trillium Employment Services and is a trained Person Centered Planning facilitator. He is committed to seeing people with disabilities being prepared and flourishing as they live and work in the community.

Cathy Murahashi


Cathy Murahashi is the education and Outreach manager at Community Homes. She previously served at The Arc of King County in the role where she supported families, developed trainings and curriculum and was a dedicated legislative advocate for services and the rights of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Her passion for serving people with ID/DD is fueled by her young adult daughter, Holly who has Down Syndrome and her vision for her to live, work, learn and play in ordinary places in the community.


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