Parent to Parent of Washington State Newsletter

November, 2013
A Program of the Arc of Washington State 




"People...don't want to be cured or changed or eliminated.  They want to be whoever it is that they've come to be."

- Andrew Solomon


Well, it is that time again and you all know the drill.

Please contact your legislators to thank them for the DDA funding last year for Parent to Parent (P2P) programs and ask them to fund P2P again this coming legislative year. I will need help again in Olympia, so please plan on coming with me to share your families stories.


Stories about families that get No or Limited services, are on wait lists and need support and information are powerful. They need to meet our families and hear their stories. I will have information and data to share like we assist more than 900 parent calls a month.


Thanks for all you do.



Calendar of Events



Advocacy ATLAS: Accessible Tools for Leadership and Advocacy Success - A new online resource for individuals with special healthcare needs and their families featuring over 250 tools and resources!


Burnett Family and Tessera Give $7 Million to Seattle Children's to Support Lifelong Services for Adults with Autism - Seattle Children's Hospital announced a $7 million gift from Charles and Barbara Burnett and Tessera to help launch the Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Program to provide lifelong services for people with autism and other developmental disabilities.


From Lettercase - Understanding Prenatal Screening and Testing for Chromosome Conditions - a new pamphlet developed to help all pregnant women better understand prenatal testing, their options regarding testing, and the chromosome conditions that can be prenatally screened and diagnosed.


Got questions about the new Health Plan Options?  Call 1-855-923-4633 toll free for customer support weekdays from 7:30am to 8:00pm or click here to e-mail.


Insurance Support for families for ABA Benefits - Washington Sate Legislature has provided funding to Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy (WAAA) to help autistic individuals or families with autistic children navigate health insurance coverage as Washington State transitions to federal health reform. Click here for more information.


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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30th U.S. President

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