Parent to Parent of Washington State Newsletter

December, 2012
A Program of the Arc of Washington State 




"We sometimes underestimate the influence of little things."

 -Charles W. Chestnutt


Happy Holidays everyone,

Hope you can have a fun, stress free December enjoying all of the bright lights, music, with your family and friends. You all have worked hard this year and Parent to Parent is lucky to have you as part of our organization. We are helping so many families every day.

Take care and please do at least one thing this month that makes you really happy. (I am having lunch with my girlfriends to wish them a wonderful Holiday and year.)

See you in the New Year,
Susan and Cathy

Calendar of Events



From the National Down Syndrome Congress: Tips For Handling the Hectic Holiday Season


Dental Resources for Patients with Special Needs - Directories and Fact Sheets from the University of Washington School of Dentistry and the Washington State Department of Health's Oral Health Program.


From CSHCN: Online tools for both professionals and family members to develop leadership or advisory skills.


Universal Developmental Screening continues by WithinReach (formerly Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies) and the WA Department of Health along several tracks of work. Click here to e-mail Carol Miller or call (360) 236-3572 for more information.


PAL Washington (1-866-599-PALS)- The Partnership Access Line (PAL) is a telephone based mental health consultation system funded by the state legislature. It is available to any primary care provider throughout Washington State. Click here for more info.


From the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation: Confused about how the new health reform law works? Click here to view a short animated video that explains changes that are happening now and in the future.


Are you interested in presenting at The Arc National Convention, held August 2 - 5, 2013 in Bellevue? Click here to fill out an application online.


Click here to share your story and "put a face" on lifeline programs like Medicaid and SSI to help save them from possible cuts.


The University of Kentucky's Human Development Institute (HDI) is proud to announce the launch of its National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Down Syndrome Resources at


Two resources for families planning for the transition from High School:

1. "Life After High School, Ten Skills to Teach Your Child" by Diane Adreon, MD

2. "Transition Top 10 List!" by Patti Hackett


December 2012
12/2: Sensitive Santa at the SuperMall (soon to be called The Outlet Collection) for children with autism. Call (253) 833-4401 or click here to e-mail your RSVP.
January 2013
Advocacy Days: Wednesdays starting January 23rd through April 17th. Click here to find out how you can learn about and participate in the legislative process!
March 2013
3/6 - 8: Special Education Conference, Shoreline Conference Center. Click here for more information.
May 2013
5/1 - 3: Infant and Early Childhood Conference - in Tacoma. Click here for additional information.
August 2013
The next Arc National Conference will be in Bellevue in 2013.  Click here to get more info when it becomes available.

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Book recommendation - Kate Orville, Medical Home: "Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others" By: Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky with Connie Burk