Parent to Parent of Washington State Newsletter

August, 2013
A Program of the Arc of Washington State 




"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."

- Albert Schweitzer


Welcome back Holly Patton to Parent to Parent Kitsap/Jefferson and say good bye and thanks to Mike Krebs. Also welcome back to the Arc of Cowlitz and Parent to Parent Cowlitz- Sally Bartlett has been instrumental in getting these programs back. So Thanks Sally.


So long to P2P and Senior Family Coordinator- Carla Nibler and Parent to Parent Coordinator Cyndy Knight. Thank you for all you have 

done for families. We will miss you....Welcome Angela Beam as the new Parent to Parent Coordinator in Walla Walla.


And send your healing thoughts and prayers to Julie Couture-Caplan whose 7 year old son Victor is very ill in the oncology wing at Seattle Children's and so she has had to leave Parent to Parent King county. They have a Caring Bridge help page if you want more information.


Thanks for all you do. You are what makes Parent to Parent great.


Calendar of Events



The new Health Insurance Marketplace begins October 1. Click here to access the new website and 24-hours-a-day consumer call center.


Special Education Resources - Thanks to The Arc of King County for originally compiling this list.


Washington Early support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) video links: produced in partnership by The Arc of King County & King County Developmental Disabilities Division Early Intervention Program:


Support - This video addresses the adjustments that families make after they learn that their child has a disability, and the importance of support.


IFSP (Individual Family Service Plan) - This video talks about what to expect from the IFSP process and how a family can participate.


Medical Home Newsletter

Washington State Medical Home E-Update - In the latest issue:

The New DSM-5 - Overview of Changes in Autism Diagnosis

Down Syndrome - New Video and Other Resources on Sharing Sensitive News

'Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation' New AAP Clinical Report

'Oral Health Care for Children with Disabilities' New AAP Clinical Report


From PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center: 'Cyberbullying: What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Children


Helping Youth Develop Skills for Job Success -

'Soft Skills to Pay the Bills - Mastering Soft Skills For Workplace Success' (US Dept. of Labor)


InfoBrief: 'Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips For Parents and Families' (National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth)

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


TBD: Washington State Father's Network 35th Annual Conference - Bellevue. For more info, click here.
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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Dept. of Health/CSHCN Program


Division of Developmental Disabilities

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"How wonderful it is that no one has to wait, but can start right now to gradually change the world!"

- Anne Frank

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