Parent to Parent of Washington State Newsletter

June, 2015
A Program of the Arc of Washington State 




 "In any project, the important factor is your belief. Without belief, there can be no successful outcome."

- William James,
philosopher and psychologist
P2P Volunteer Helping Parent of the Month: Anita Hawks, Clark County P2P


(Anita (left) and Jamie)


Way to Go!!! Thank You.

Anita has been a local volunteer for at least 10 years.  She volunteered with PAVE forty hours a week  for several years, supporting parents through the IEP process.  She has provided hundreds of hours of IEP support as a IEP mentor for Clark County Parent Coalition families over the years.  Most recently, Anita has been sharing her knowledge of the IEP process and all that is involved by providing a book study on  Emotions to Advocacy.  This class has been extremely well received and has left participants begging for more.  The class was 2 hours long for 8 sessions and she is currently completing her 3rd round.  Anita has one teenage son and she is more than willing to support other moms on a similar walk.  Her calm, gentle spirit is contagious and her knowledge regarding all things disability related knows no bounds.  Anita is extremely generous and hospitable. I am most grateful to have her in my circle of support. 


From Brenda Tyrrell, Clark County P2P.


Happy Father's Day- to all the Dads and Grandfathers out there!!


As I have said many times without Terry at home supporting me and taking care of our girls I would never have been able to do all my Parent to Parent work. And I bet many of you feel the same way. So Thank You DADS.


FYI- Greg Schell, Father's Network Coordinator is retiring at the end of June.

"Thank you Greg for all of your work and for supporting DADS. You are the best!"



Calendar of Events

Resources for kids and adults who chew and fidget:
5. Kid Companions (Accessories for chewing) - Designed by a mom for her child, these "chewelry" pieces are bpa, latex, & lead-free for kids and adults who chew and fidget.

Washington Sensory Disability Services (WSDS) offers a series of online training modules for professionals, but also for parents of children with complex needs including vision and hearing loss.

Sensory Planet Social Network - Their goal is to "...bring a positive, purposeful and valuable social network community to those whose lives are affected by Sensory Processing Disorder."

Endowment Trust Survey (brief) - The Arc of Washington State would like to ask you for your input in a brief (5-10 min.) market research survey for the Endowment Trust Fund. The survey is completely anonymous and confidential. Your voice is greatly appreciated! Click here to take the survey.

The Momentum Fellowship through Philanthropy Northwest - Offers professionals from under-represented communities (like the disability community & especially communities of color) professional development, networking, and mentoring opportunities.

Free consulting for non-profits with budgets under 1 million dollars in the following counties: Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston, & Whatcom. Click here to fill out an online request for assistance.

New Facebook Group - Sign in to Facebook and search for "Positive Parenting for your ADHD/ODD/SPD/ASD child".

From the U of WA READi (Research in Early Autism Detection and Intervention) Lab: DVD "Understanding Autism: Reflections and Insights from Parents and Professionals" designed especially for caregivers of newly diagnosed children provides helpful tips and strategies. Click here to receive a free copy.

June, 2015

6/1: Giving Care - Taking Care: A Conference For Family Caregivers - Tukwila. Drop by the resource tables and say hi to Susan! Click here for more information.

6/16 - 18: 2015 Community Summit in Wenatchee! Click here for more information and to register.

6/27: 2015 Conference on Down Syndrome and Aging - Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center. Click here for more information.

6/29 - 30: Emergency Planning Conference for People with All Abilities - Yakima. This is a free, two-day event. For more info or questions, call (800) 724-8172, ext. 4.

July, 2015

7/22 - 24: OSPI Combined Summer Institute: "Addressing State Standards From Cradle to Career" - Seattle University. Click here for more info and to register.

7/28 - 29: 1st Responder/Mental Health Collaboration Training - Spokane. $75 per participant includes two lunches, opportunities to network, and more than two dozen sessions by experts in the field! Click here for more info and to register.

August, 2015

8/11 - 12: 11th Annual Southeastern Washington Autism Conference - Kennewick, WA. Scholarships available by written request. Click here for more information and to register.

October, 2015

10/10: Autism Conference for Primary Care Providers who See Children. Materials, handouts & resources are currently being developed. Click here with questions or for more information.

10/23: Eastside Family Support Conference - Spokane. Click here to contact Jessy Smith at P2P Spokane for more info.

10/29 - 31: Save the Date: 2015 WAEYC Conference - Seattle Airport & Conference Center. Invitations to submit proposals to present at the conference as well as to participate as a planning committee member have been given. Click here for more information.

December, 2015

12/2 - 4: Zero to Three National Training Institute - Seattle. Click here for more information.

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Resource Links now on the Arc website in the Resource Library.
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