Parent to Parent of Washington State Newsletter

August, 2012
A Program of the Arc of Washington State 




"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."
- Neale Donald Walsch

Welcome to new P2P Coordinator in Kitsap/Jefferson Mike Krebs, and Roz Bethmann, Spokane County! Jenell and Helen are still working for their Arc's just in other capacities. So Thank You to them also.

"A Smile to you all....."

As I walk around my neighborhood, I remind myself to take a deep breath and smile :) Not only is it good for the spirit but I read that it can keep wrinkles in your face from forming?


We have had some tough, horrible times lately, with another tragedy, now in Colorado, but when

I saw this show on 60 Minutes about a project that YokoOno donated called "The smile project", it made me, well, Smile. Check it out on and hope that it helps a little.


Thanks for all you do,


Olympic Rings
During the Summer Olympics, great timing:


Driven by a desire to provide all children and adults with physical disabilities the chance to play sports and live healthy, active lives, BlazeSports is dedicated to offering programs, education and tools worldwide.

A docu-series tracing the lives of four dynamic, outspoken and beautiful women who, by accident or illness, have been paralyzed from the neck or the waist down.


Calendar of Events



From the American Academy of Pediatrics: Tips to Promote Social-Emotional Health Among Young Children (pdf document)


AMCHP (Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs) Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling:  As was widely reported last week, the Supreme Court ruled the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. Click here to view the AMCHP statement (pdf document). In the upcoming months, the AMCHP National Center on Health Reform Implementation will be hosting a series of webinars to provide you with the tools and resources to navigate and optimize the opportunities of the ACA.


August 2012
8/13: Mini-conference sponsored by Open Door Autism Learning Center - to raise funds for the Autism Family Support Foundation's 'Bridge The Gap' scholarships program. Click on the link above for more info.


September 2012
9/13 - 15: LifeSPAN Institute - in Seattle. Workshops will be offered on the "why" and "how" LifeSPAN carries out their work with families and the community. Click here to learn more & register.
October 2012


10/8 -10: 29th Annual Special Education and the Law Conference in Seattle. Click here for more info.

Resource Links

Resource Links now on the Arc website in the Resource Library.
Click here to access the links.
Click here to find a local P2P Coordinator.
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