Parent to Parent of Washington State Newsletter

February, 2015
A Program of the Arc of Washington State 





"One day spent with someone you love can change everything."


- Mitch Albom 

P2P Volunteer Helping Parent of the Month:

Thank you to our Volunteer of the Month from Walla Walla:

Carla Nibler




"Carla is an amazing part of our Walla Walla P2P community. In the past she was part of the local Birth to 3 team and a former Senior P2P Coordinator. Although, she is now officially "retired", she is a committed Helping Parent volunteer in our program. Carla is very patient and kind to the new parents she helps mentor. Because she is familiar with the services and agencies, she gives great information for the parents who need help managing the disability maze. With a heart of gold, Carla is always willing to make a phone call, give a hug or just be a listening ear to those she meets with a child with a disability. Thank you, Carla, for the many hours you volunteer for our community!"


Angela Beam

Parent to Parent Coordinator



Welcome back to Chris Morris-as the new Kitsap/Jefferson Parent to Parent Coordinator

and a huge Thank You to Janelle from NCentral ESD, Tamara and Carrie from DD County in

Chelan/Douglas for all their hard work getting a P2P Program back there. Look for the new Coordinator job description and announcement coming out in February!


Have a wonderful Valentine's Day with those you love and those that love you.

We do.

Susan and Cathy 


Calendar of Events

February is Prenatal Infection Prevention Awareness Month. Click here for more information

Article: South Hero Students Thrive In New Schoolwide Integrated Education System  - A new system called "SWIFT" (Schoolwide Integrated Framework For Transformation) is helping some Vermont schools close the gap between general education and special education.

New Affordable Care Act Fact Sheets For Families - Crated by the National Center for Medical Home Implementation and the Catalyst Center.

2015 Starting Point Guide - From Seattle Children's. This resource directory is also available in Spanish. - a membership service to help understand your heath care options.

Rehab Without Walls - There's no place like home for healing.

Kinship Care - Click here for information about resources and supports for Grandparents and relatives raising children with developmental disabilities and special health care needs.

College Unified Soccer Team Interest Meetings - Special Olympics Washington is joining with 2 year and 4 year colleges around the state to form Unified Soccer teams for the first ever Special Olympics College Unified Soccer Invitational April 17 & 18 hosted by Seattle University. Interest meetings will be held in January and February. Click here to e-mail your RSVP to Chara McElfish.

Mental Health Resources - Click here for more information about resources available through WA State DSHS.

Autism Outreach Project (AOP) Lending Library - The AOP Lending Library has an extensive collection of books, DVDs, videos, and curriculum materials spanning the autism spectrum. Click here for the online search directory or call toll-free 1-888-704-9633 to request materials.

February 2015

2/3 or 2/5: "Positive Behavior Supports & Conflict Resolution" HeadStrong Mentor Training for Brain Injury - Tacoma. Full scholarships available. For more information, call (360) 220-1422 or click here to e-mail.

March 2015

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month - Click here for more information.

3/4 - 6: 2015 General & Special Education Conference - A professional continuing education event, Seattle. Call (360) 379-6994 for more information.

3/20: WA Statewide Transition Conference - Yakima, WA. Click here for more information. Registration opens January 2015

3/27: 'Down Syndrome - There's So Much to Talk About' - 36th Annual Duncan Seminar, Seattle Children's. Teleconference; parent scholarships are available. Contact Marianne Gonterman at (206) 987-5318 or click here to e-mail for more information.

May, 2015

5/7 - 8 (Pre-conference 5/6): Infant & Early Childhood Conference - Tacoma. Click here for more information and to register.

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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