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WA State Parent to Parent (P2P) Newsletter: April 2016
April is Autism Awareness month and April 2nd is World Autism Day. Click here for more information about what is going on nationally to celebrate Autism Awareness.

Maycee Sons at Advocacy Day, 2016

 If you believe passionately in what you
are doing and whom you are doing it
with, success is bound to follow.


- Anisa Kamadoli Costa

A Message From Susan

Welcome to Melissa Abraham, new Parent Assistant in Whatcom County working with Karlene and Marcela. Also, to Mardiya Aga, Coordinator for Somali families at the Arc of King County working with Rachel, Marilyn, Patricia, Teresa and Mia. And say Goodbye and Thanks to Angela Naillon/Lewis County, Jessy Smith/Spokane County and Barni Musse, Somali Family Coordinator, Arc of King County.

P2P Coordinator Spotlight: Walla Walla County

This month we highlight P2P Walla Walla!

Click here to meet Carla Nibler!

Click here to meet Ysabel Fuentes!
Click here to meet Michelle Meyer!

Calendar of Events

April 2016

4/9: 5th Annual Autism Acceptance Video Game Tournament - 11a.m. to 4p.m, Bellevue College. Click here for more information.

4/15: 37th Annual Duncan Seminar - "The Heart of the Matter: Congenital Cardiac Conditions and Child Development" at Seattle Children's. Click here to register.

4/19 - 20: Science of HOPE Conference: Healthy Opportunities for People Everywhere - SEA-TAC Hilton. This is an ACES conference. Click here for more information.

4/21 - 22: BY INVITATION ONLY - Person-Centered Planning Symposium, Bainbridge Island. Contact Carolyn Carlson if you are interested in attending by clicking here to email.

4/22 - 23: National Sibling Month Celebration: Sibling Workshops, a Sibshop Facilitator Training, An Adult Sibling Gathering, and a Celebration of the Sibling Support Project's 25th Anniversary - Bellevue. Click here to email for more information.

4/23: 11th Annual All Born (In) Cross-Disability Best Practices Inclusive Education Conference - Portland, OR. Click here for more information and to register.

May 2016

5/4 - 6: Infant and Early Childhood Conference - Tacoma. Click here for more information.

June 2016

6/14 - 16: Community Summit on Developmental Disabilities - Wenatchee. Click here for more information as it becomes available.

6/22 - 24: Washington Behavioral Health Conference - Yakima. Click here for more information.
July 2016
7/22 - 23: Pediatric Bioethics Conference: Autism Re-Examined - Seattle. Click here for more information.
August 2016
8/9 - 10: Northwest Autism Conference - Kennewick. Click here for more information as it becomes available.
October 2016
10/21: 6th Annual Lewis County Autism Awareness Conference - Chehalis. Registration details will be available later in the spring 2016.
New Resources

 Family Community Connections Guidebook - Information and resources for families and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Washington State.

WA State HCA Medicaid Premium Payment Program - Learn how you can have private health insurance and keep your Medicaid too. Click here to see if you or your family member qualifies.

Time magazine article "New Ways to Improve Well-Being at Work" by Mandy Oaklander suggests the following evidence-based tricks for reducing stress on the job:
1. Do someone a 5-minute favor: Volunteering helps people connect to others, which aids in recovering from stress.
2. Play with a puppy
3. Hide your phone: Even if you're not using it, simply being able to see a cell phone hinders your ability to focus on tough tasks.
4. Take a break before lunch: take breaks in the morning to feel more restored and less emotionally exhausted.
5. Let yourself procrastinate: studies show those who spent 5 minutes doing other things than the task at hand generated more creative ideas.
6. Disappear for a bit: take a 10-minute walk and think non-work-related thoughts.
7. Gossip with your co-workers: but keep the conversation office-free to reap the productivity & wellness benefits.
8. End the day like you mean it: Make yourself un-reachable after work to experience a decrease in the stress hormone cortisol.

NEW Pre-Vocational Paid Internship Funding - funding is available to provide people with disabilities paid internship in the community. Click here for a list of counties and DVR counselors to contact for more information.
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