Parent to Parent of  Washington State
August, 2011

A Program of the Arc of Washington State 

"I don't think any day is worth living without thinking about what you're going to eat next at all times."
-Nora Ephron 

Have a wonderful summer with family and friends!


- Susan


From Sue Elliott, Executive Director of The Arc of Washington State:

We really appreciate all the hard work you do to help families and we know there are more families needing assistance than public resources fund. But during this incredible legislative session where billions of dollars were cut and many programs reduced or eliminated, we are extremely grateful to have a $75,000 increase in DDD funding for Parent to Parent programs, a 10% reduction in the DDD Senior Family funding and level federal funding from the Department of Health.


Calendar of Events


International FASD (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) Awareness Day is September 9th!

Washington State diagnostic clinics for FAS


From Medical Home: A new Child Health Note (CHN) on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is now available. Click here to view. CHNs provide information for early identification and management of special health and developmental concerns.


Care Organizer - Washington State families may order one Care Organizer for each child with a special need at no cost (click here for the order form online). Washington state professionals who provide care to children with special needs may order one sample copy of the Care Organizer. For bulk orders or orders outside of Washington State, contact Alta Bassett at (206) 884-5735 or by e-mail here.


A Healthcare Provider's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices - By The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to presenting an Islamic perspective on public issues.

WA Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side Program: The program Coordinator is our very own Christine Griffin! Click here to e-mail or call (425) 268-7087 for more info.


My Tubie Jammies: Innovative pjs for children who have medical tubes of various sorts.


August 2011
8/1 - 2: Spectrum Training Systems, Inc Upcoming Washington Workshop: "The Inclusive Classroom and Learning Disabilities in Children" - Kennewick, WA. Click here for more information.

8/4 - 5: "Disobedient, Disruptive, Defiant, and Disturbed Students: Behavioral Interventions for Challenging Students", a presentation Portland, OR. Click here for more information.

8/15 - 19: Special Ed Boot Camp - Vancouver at The Vancouver Hilton offering parents and caregivers opportunites to learn about their due process rights, evaluation procedures, and IEPs. Limited number of parent scholarships available. Click here for more information.

8/18: Autism 200 Lecture Series presents "Autism 208: Peer Play - Facilitating Playdates and Peer Interactions"; Seattle Children's Hospital Autism Center, 7-8:30pm. Call (206) 987-8080 to register.

September 2011

9/15: Autism 200 Lecture Series presents "Autism 209: Anxiety"; Seattle Children's Hospital Autism Center, 7-8:30pm. Call (206) 987-8080 to register.


9/26-28: 28th Annual Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the Law - Portland, OR. Click here to register.

October 2011

10/3: Book release workshop by "Teaching Social Skills That Change Lives: Developing Meaningful Relationships", 9:00am to 3:00pm in Seattle. For more information, contact 1-800-816-9293 or click here to e-mail.


10/8: Washington State Fathers' Network State Conference, 8:30am to 4:30pm in Redmond. Registration materials will be available mid-August. If you have questions, contact Greg Schell at (425) 653-4286 or by e-mail here.


10/20: Autism 200 Lecture Series presents "Autism 210: Addressing Challenging Behaviors at Home"; Seattle Children's Hospital Autism Center, 7-8:30pm. Call (206) 987-8080 to register.


10/20 - 21: "Thinking About You, Thinking About Me, and Organized Thinking" by Michelle Garcia Winner in Tacoma. Michelle will present her latest strategies for teaching & treating students with high-functioning Autism, Asperger's, ADHD, Non-verbal Learning Disabilities (NLD) and similar social & communication challenges. Click here for more info.


10/22: ADD Resources Fall Conference - "Understanding ADHD: Keys to Success", 8:30am to 5:30pm in Bellevue. Keynote presenter is Rick Green of "ADD and Loving It?!" Click here for more info.


10/27 - 29: WAEYC 2011 Annual Conference in Bellevue. Click here for more information.

November 2011

11/17: Autism 200 Lecture Series presents "Autism 211: Combating Isolation and Finding Support"; Seattle Children's Hospital Autism Center, 7-8:30pm. Call (206) 987-8080 to register.
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