Expert will speak on behavior of people with disabilities

By Scott Hewitt, Columbian social issues & neighborhoods reporter

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The Arc of Southwest Washington will host developmental disability expert David Pitonyak, Ph.D., on the evening of May 30 at Vancouver City Hall.

Pitonyak, based in Virginia, is an internationally recognized consultant who works with individuals, families and communities in support of people with developmental disabilities -- people who exhibit what some call "difficult behaviors."

Pitonyak has worked with numerous organizations here in Clark County, including school districts, social service agencies, neighborhood associations and law enforcement.

Pitonyak's free workshop will address "living with intention in an imperfect world." Arc executive director Michael Piper said Pitonyak "is a gifted storyteller and will likely have people laughing and crying about how we care for one another."

The workshop is intended for people who experience disabilities, care for family members or others with disabilities, or "would appreciate a transcendent understanding of human behavior," according to a statement from the Arc. It's set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, in the Aspen Room at Vancouver City Hall, 416 W. Sixth St. The back entrance to the building will be open.