Parent to Parent of Washington State Newsletter

August, 2015
A Program of the Arc of Washington State 




 "All any of us can do is make the best of what we have got and live with generosity and kindness."

- Helen Mirren
P2P Volunteer Helping Parent of the Month: Elizabeth Miller!

Elizabeth has been involved in Kittitas County's Parent to Parent program from it's beginning in 2002. She was on the original advisory board and went through our first Helping Parent Training. Elizabeth in involved in P2P because of her wonderful adult daughter, Rachael. Elizabeth is a wealth of information for parents and professionals alike. She knows the education system, SSI, DDA, Medicaid and much more. Recently she has volunteered on two important DDC advisory councils; one on the changes of the Family Support Services to a Waiver and the other on changes to the Waiver's Community Access Program. We are very lucky to have her involved in our Parent to Parent Program! Thank you. 


- Michelle Williams, Kittitas County P2P


Hi all,


Happy Summer. Hope you are having a wonderful

time with your family and friends. We are off for a week at Lake Chelan (my favorite place) and I plan to swim out to the floating raft and lay there looking at the sky and water....

And if I could fall asleep, wow that would even be better.


This month I want to welcome to our Parent to Parent family the new P2P Coordinator from Walla Walla, Michelle Meyer. Hope to see her and all of you at the September 22nd Coordinator training at the Red Lion at Sea Tac (be sure to sign up for a room reservation if you were invited to the Sept. 23rd leadership meeting by the Arc- need to rsvp for that also).


I saw this blog from a Mom out there who has some good advice for parents at diagnosis: "Your Sweet Baby Has Been Diagnosed With Special Needs. Now What?" By Ali Foley Shenk -


"Dear Mama,

First and foremost, congratulations on your sweet child! Not everyone will remember to say that..." 


Click here to read the full blog entry.



Calendar of Events


(From the Bellevue College newsletter) Bellevue College's Autism Spectrum Navigators Program Expands to Central Washington University - "Sara Gardner, ASN program director and instructor, said she and other members are now helping CWU implement the same program protocols to create a similar network for dormitory living and other situations that may not exist at BC because it is a commuter-college." Click here for more info.

Opportunities to Provide Input on Developing New Models of Care - The Health Care Authority, Governor, Dept. of Health and others are busy developing new models of care including Medicaid patients, though most of the focus has been on adults. If you would like to provide input and learn more, consider attending public meetings held August 3-5 in Lakewood, Everett, Yakima, Pasco or Spokane, click here to send in your thoughts by email, or sign up for the Healthier Washington email updates by clicking here.

FREE from Seattle Children's CSHCN: Accordion-style file organizer and organizing pages to help keep track of your child's health information. Click here to download and order.

Do you have a child or know of one that wanders? Click on the article above for more information about Avonte's Law and other resources.

Guidelines on Nutrition Management in Autism Issued - New nutrition guidelines on the management of gastrointestinal symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have been published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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: Caring for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Your Practice: Practical Strategies - Seattle. Click here with questions or for more information.

10/16: Autism Conference "Transitions: Pathways From Infancy to Adulthood" (theme) held by the Lewis County Autism Coalition in Chehalis. Click here for more info.

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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