Parent to Parent of Washington State Newsletter

July, 2013
A Program of the Arc of Washington State 




"What we have done for ourselves alone, dies with us; what we have done for others and the world, remains and is immortal."

- Albert Pike


Happy Summer everyone-

Thanks for all you do everyday and for what you have done for other families in the state. You are the reason Parent to Parent programs are a model of family support in Washington and across the country.


I am off to Disneyland with Alexa to celebrate her 30th birthday, (I can not believe it, where did the years go?) with her sisters and a friend. She is "Beyond Excited", to see Cinderella again. Having her birthday lunch at Pirates of the Caribbean


Ahoy, mates.



P.S. Hope by now that the legislators passed a budget and we can get the new contracts sent out.


Calendar of Events



Who, What, Where and How of Emergency Services:  (3/19/13) Informing Families Bulletin focuses on what the Developmental Disabilities Adminstration (DDA) can do if you have been determined eligible for DDA services and experience an emergency situation. This bulletin details who is eligible for emergency services, different emergency services that are available and how to request help. Click here to read the bulletin.


Free Summer Meals for Kids:

School is out and kids around the state are beginning their transition to summertime. A program called Summer Meals provides free meals and snacks to all kids and teens during the summer months. Call the WithinReach Family Food Hotline at 1-888-436-6392 or click here for an online locator.


Helpful iPad Apps - Thanks, Yakima P2P!

Check these out at the Apple Apps Store online:

1. My Homework - help for organizing & tracking homework assignments

2. Morning Routine - for preschool and elementary-age children to implement positive morning routines

3. Math Bingo - a fun way for children to practice math

4. Talking Tom Cat - repeats what you say and responds to your touch

5. Let's Name Things Fun Deck - prompts kids to answer questions

6. ABC Tracer - For tracing letters to improve visual-motor control

7. Peekaboo Barn - for beginners learning to use an iPad

8. Tesla Toy - Create beautiful electrical fields with your finger

9. Bubble Free - bubble wrap popping game

10. My Talk Tools Mobile Lite - Free augmentative communication app

July 2013
7/22 - 25: Combined Summer Institute on Special Education "Learning: Make It Meaningful and Relevant" - Wenatchee. Click here for more info.
7/29 - 30: Washington Re-EDucation Association Conference - Renton. Click here for more information.
August 2013
The next Arc National Conference will be in Bellevue in 2013.  Click here to get more info when it becomes available.


October 2013


10/7 - 9: 30th Annual Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the Law - Yakima, WA. Click here for more information as it becomes available. You can also join an e-mail list at the website by clicking on "keep me informed".


November 2013


11/13 - 14: Special Education Fall Autism Conference - Federal Way. Contact SETC at (509) 963-3350 or e-mail Sue Wright with questions.


11/14 - 16: WAEYC'S 37th Annual Conference

 - SeaTac. Save the date! Click here for more info or to submit proposals to be a presenter.

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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Our Sponsors:
Arc of Washington State

Dept. of Health/CSHCN Program


Division of Developmental Disabilities

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Book Recommendations

From Susan Atkins:
"Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown. Click here to visit her website.

From David Pitonyak:

"Dating for Dummies" by Joy Browne

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