Parent to Parent of Washington State Newsletter

October, 2013
A Program of the Arc of Washington State 




"Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Never overestimate your power to change others."
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Happy Fall everyone-

Please enjoy the beautiful colors on the leaves and flowers and take care of yourselves. It is a great time of year for a drive or walk to see the foliage.


Also, a reminder that United Way and Combined Federal and State fund drives are on this Fall. YOU can " designate", the Parent to Parent in your area

and an Arc. They need all the financial help we can give them. Please make sure your Programs are set up to receive these donations.


Take care and hope to see you out and about this Fall.



Calendar of Events



FLU & CYSHCN: A Warning - A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) distributed through Family-to-Family Health information and FV State Affiliate Organization networks reveals key findings relevant to children/youth with special health care needs/disabilities. Click here for more information.


National Survey of Service Coordinator/Case Manager & Family Experiences with SSI

An online survey is being conducted to understand the experiences of service coordinators/case managers and families/caregivers who have applied for SSI benefits. Click here to participate and become eligible to enter a drawing for a $25 gift card.


Down Syndrome Awareness Posters & Lesson Plan Available

The National Down Syndrome Society is offering a poster and lesson plan which promotes inclusion and raises awareness for young students about Down Syndrome. Click here for more information.


NIH Launching Down Syndrome Registry

The National Institutes of Health is launching a Web-based health registry for people with Down syndrome and their families, researchers, and health care providers. People with Down syndrome or their family members can sign up to create individual profiles with info about their health histories, including symptoms, diagnoses, and medical visits. Click here for more information.


Article: Report Ranks Indiana #1 in Education Reform


Got questions about the new Health Plan Options? Call the toll-free number for the Customer Support Center in Spokane at 1-855-WAFINDER (1-855-923-4633). Trained representatives are available weekdays 7:30am to 8:00pm in 175 languages. 


October 2013


10/5: 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".

10/10: "Understanding Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Piecing Together the Puzzle" - a course from the Autism Outreach Project, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Call 1-888-704-9633 for more information and to register.


November 2013


11/7 - Special Education Law and Advocacy Training - The Down Syndrome Community is bringing Peter Wright From Wrightslaw Seminars & Training to the Northwest. For more information call (206) 842-9027 or click here to e-mail.


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 - Marriott Convention Center & Hotel, SeaTac Airport. Click here to register.


May 2014


5/7 - 9: The Infant and Early Childhood Conference (IECC) - Tacoma, WA. Save the date! Presenter application deadline is November 1st. For more information, click here.

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