Island County Parent to Parent

Island County Parent to Parent Support and information for families of children with developmental disabilities. Learning that your child has a disability can be a traumatic experience.

Parents have many questions and concerns in coping with their child’s needs and their own feelings. Personal support from another parent, who has a child with a similar needs, can be helpful in coping with these challenging experiences and feelings. Helping Parents (volunteer peer mentors) are available to provide support and information.

Operating as usual

04/17/2021

Talk to your kiddos doctor if they are experiencing sleep challenges.

Did you know that 50-70% of Autistic people have sleep disorders?

This is a pretty huge problem in our house. 🥴😵😫

Image credit: Autism Educational Advocacy: The Expert Ally

#sensorystories #sensorysupport #sensorylife #sensoryoverload #sensoryanxiety #sensorysensitive #neurodiversity #neurodiversityacceptance #neurodivergent #neurodiversityawareness
#redinstead #autismacceptancemonth #autismawareness #sensoryprocessingdisorder #spdawareness #sensoryprocessingdisorderparentsupport #sensoryprocessingdisorderawareness #autismacceptance #autismawareness #autismsupport #autismeducation #autism #autismspectrum #positiveparenting #momssupportingmoms #parentingtips #positiveparentingtips #positiveparentingstrategies

04/16/2021
Pick Your Battles, Parents

The teenage years mean new independence — and mistakes. Use this 10-step plan to help your teen manage ADHD on his own terms by letting him make mistakes, choosing your priorities, and nixing parental guilt. (**Good tips for all teens, not just ones with ADHD!)

The teenage years mean new independence — and mistakes. Use this 10-step plan to help your teen manage ADHD on his own terms by letting him make mistakes, choosing your priorities, and nixing parental guilt.

04/16/2021
04/16/2021
Temple Grandin Champions 'Different Kinds Of Minds' On PBS

A cartoon version of autism self-advocate Temple Grandin gets a visit from the kids on "Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum" on PBS KIDS.

A cartoon version of autism self-advocate Temple Grandin gets a visit from the kids on "Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum" on PBS KIDS.

04/16/2021
04/15/2021
How to Apply for SSI

Children with a physical or mental disability may qualify for monthly payments through the Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, program. Learn more now.

Check if you are eligible.

04/15/2021

The Washington State Governor’s Committee on
Disability Issues and Employment

VIRTUAL DISABILITY TOWN HALL MEETING

WHERE: ZOOM Meeting – a virtual platform
DATE: Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
TIME: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Improve the lives of Camano Island and Stanwood
residents who experience disabilities.
Attend the Disability Town Hall Meeting to discuss:
• Issues affecting people who experience disabilities, their families,
and advocates
• Accessible housing, transportation, and school-to-work transition
• Employment opportunities, services for people who experience
disabilities, and physical access to the built environment
• Local success stories
• Your ideas for positive change
To register for the Disability Town Hall Meeting, click on this link https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrc-2rpjwqGtFrdcF0bPgwtL3P_dilwvRM
or call Emily Heike at 360.890.3776.
The ZOOM Meeting Platform is accessible. Captioning services (CART) and American Sign Language interpreters will be provided. If you need other accommodations, contact Melinda Johnson by May 3rd, 2021 at [email protected] or at 509-482-3854.

If you would like to be part of the Island County sub committee reach out to Tiffany. We meet once a month. Looking for self advocates, community members, families, etc.
[email protected]

The Washington State Governor’s Committee on
Disability Issues and Employment

VIRTUAL DISABILITY TOWN HALL MEETING

WHERE: ZOOM Meeting – a virtual platform
DATE: Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
TIME: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Improve the lives of Camano Island and Stanwood
residents who experience disabilities.
Attend the Disability Town Hall Meeting to discuss:
• Issues affecting people who experience disabilities, their families,
and advocates
• Accessible housing, transportation, and school-to-work transition
• Employment opportunities, services for people who experience
disabilities, and physical access to the built environment
• Local success stories
• Your ideas for positive change
To register for the Disability Town Hall Meeting, click on this link https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrc-2rpjwqGtFrdcF0bPgwtL3P_dilwvRM
or call Emily Heike at 360.890.3776.
The ZOOM Meeting Platform is accessible. Captioning services (CART) and American Sign Language interpreters will be provided. If you need other accommodations, contact Melinda Johnson by May 3rd, 2021 at [email protected] or at 509-482-3854.

If you would like to be part of the Island County sub committee reach out to Tiffany. We meet once a month. Looking for self advocates, community members, families, etc.
[email protected]

04/15/2021
04/15/2021

Are you or someone you know interested in a dating series class? Tomorrow kicks off our annual "So you want to date?" series presented by Zac Carr during our Building Independence time slot, this series will be held every Thursday starting tomorrow until the end of May.
Dating Skills Series
For Ladies & Gentlemen 18 & Older
Thursday Evenings
April 15 - May 27, 2021 6-8 pm
Classes will be held via Zoom
To register http://conta.cc/3tDKgVO
For questions call Hattie Stigum 360-513-6682
Develop friendships
Ages 18 and older
Try out new skills
Exchanging ideas

04/15/2021

Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month, post # (I've lost count 💞)

A very large majority of autistic individuals have sensory challenges. So, I'd like to bring some awareness to sensory anxiety.

This is anxiety that is very specifically tied to sensory sensitivities.

It is more common that people realize.

#sensorystories #sensorysupport #sensorylife #sensoryoverload #sensoryanxiety #sensorysensitive #neurodiversity #neurodiversityacceptance #neurodivergent #neurodiversityawareness
#redinstead #autismacceptancemonth #autismawareness #sensoryprocessingdisorder #spdawareness #sensoryprocessingdisorderparentsupport #sensoryprocessingdisorderawareness #autismacceptance #autismawareness #autismsupport #autismeducation #autism #autismspectrum #positiveparenting #momssupportingmoms #parentingtips #positiveparentingtips #positiveparentingstrategies
#specialeducation #specialeducationteacher

04/14/2021

I have found this conference very helpful in regards to transitioning to adulthood and throughout the adulthood journey.

🟩 PLAN to ATTEND the 🆓 9th Annual VIRTUAL Community Summit & Resource Fair--"Thriving Through Equity, Resilience & Inclusion."

📆 May 6 through June 24, 2021 📅

✅ Featuring weekly webinars, social events, and panel discussions.

✅ Registration opens mid-April.

🟩 For updates: The Community Summit

04/14/2021

Hello Island County Community Members.
Tonight is the Event of the year for Island County and Disabilities.

Below is a slide show on how to check topics, presenters, the schedule, and more. Do you want to know more about Guardianship? SSI benefits? ABLE Accounts/Special Needs Trust offered in Washington? Dignity at Risk? People First/Self-Advocacy for adults with disabilities? School to Work? Employment Agencies? DDA (Developmental Disabilities Administration) Eligibility? Employment Agencies? Here is your chance to know more about each topic with a chance to ask questions. This is the first time virtual.
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sLtL7jD8Sdo4ERFfGkzfVn9t1OxAM1smvhVMiVOAmFI/edit#slide=id.p

Hello Island County Community Members.
Tonight is the Event of the year for Island County and Disabilities.

Below is a slide show on how to check topics, presenters, the schedule, and more. Do you want to know more about Guardianship? SSI benefits? ABLE Accounts/Special Needs Trust offered in Washington? Dignity at Risk? People First/Self-Advocacy for adults with disabilities? School to Work? Employment Agencies? DDA (Developmental Disabilities Administration) Eligibility? Employment Agencies? Here is your chance to know more about each topic with a chance to ask questions. This is the first time virtual.
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sLtL7jD8Sdo4ERFfGkzfVn9t1OxAM1smvhVMiVOAmFI/edit#slide=id.p

04/14/2021

Please bear with me. I am having technical issues this week. Good thing I am not hosting the Transition Resource Fair tonight. Check my other post for more detail about tonight.

04/14/2021

DATE CHANGE - we have extended the registration deadline for our upcoming Strengthening Families program to April 21st - program begins April 26th. Join us along with our partners SW CARES Coalition and Oak Harbor Youth Coalition for a 7-week program designed to help improve family communication & relationships. Free meals provided for your Tuesday family sessions - delivered straight to your door! To register, click here: https://bit.ly/RTL-SF

04/14/2021

All school districts have Child Find. Check with your local school district if you would like your kiddo evaluated.

All school districts have Child Find. Check with your local school district if you would like your kiddo evaluated.

04/14/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Understanding Sexual Orientation, Gender, and Expression. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Understanding Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression - A Discussion for Families
A FREE Virtual Training on Wednesday, April 21st from 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us on April 21 from 2pm - 5pm for the fifth of our Understanding - A Six Topic Training Series. This training will be hosted by WSCC and will feature special guests who are experts in the LGBTQ+ Community guiding us in a discussion around this relevant and sometimes anxious topic. We will hear from our experts with ideas on how we can support the youth (and adults!) in our lives who identify in a non traditional way. We will also learn appropriate terms and what they mean, how we can engage in conversation around these topics, and some helpful strategies to ensure we are supporting the work of recognizing all people for who they are inside. We hope you can join us for this FREE Virtual training!

Registration Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvdeitrTwrH9OGBvuZxQNIc3_CEujc7-w5

Collaborating Together for Families,
Karen Kelly
Project Director
Washington State Community Connectors (WSCC)
253.251.2952

An introduction to gender pronouns, basic gender identity, and the importance of recognizing and creating safe space for those people with non-conforming gender identifiers.

04/13/2021
Home | Community Homes

Are you seeking housing information and resources for someone with a disability? Check out Community Homes. They offer many different workshops (virtually) regarding finances, supports, resources, and much more.
All adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities deserve rich and meaningful lives in the community.
Community Homes provides, promotes, and sustains exceptional community-based housing for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
https://www.community-homes.org/

Community Homes provides, promotes, and sustains exceptional community-based housing for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

04/13/2021
Compass Health | NW Washington’s Behavioral Healthcare Leader

From Compass Health
I am writing to let you know that unfortunately, as of Monday of this week, April 12th, we have had to make the difficult decision at Compass Health in Coupeville, to temporarily suspend outpatient mental health assessments for children and adults. The reasons for this are due to a large increase in referrals into the system overall in the region in recent months, a recent loss of a couple of our Coupeville staff, challenges recruiting new staff and large current caseloads. While we make every effort to recruit and find ever more creative means of recruiting new staff, we have to ensure current clients continue to receive quality care. We hope this will not be for too long and will keep you updated as often as possible. Of course, our Emergency Services and crisis service response will continue uninterrupted. Please feel free to share this email with others you feel should be alerted as well, about this news and please feel free to reach out with any questions or updates as you would like to either Rob Schwartz, the Program Manager or myself. Rob can be reached Monday through Friday at the Coupeville Office at 360- 678-4073 and my contact information is below and I can also be reached Monday through Friday.

Thank you,


Judy L. Heinemann, LMHC, SUDP
She/Her/Hers
Clinical Director

[email protected] | Phone: (360) 419-3617
1100 South 2nd St/ MS 106 / Mount Vernon/ WA/ 98273
www.compasshealth.org

Covid-19: Updates & Response We are committed to serving the vulnerable members of our community, including those who are overlooked and underserved by traditional health systems. Learn more.

04/13/2021
Challenge Air

2nd Virtual Fly Day scheduled for June 12th, 2021
Back By Popular Demand
If you missed our first at-home Virtual Fly Day, we are bringing it back on Saturday, June 12th, 2021. Registration will open soon for NEW Co-pilots.
Have you ever wanted to give your child/adult with special needs a test run about flying? Here is one way to try. Once they are in person again, they will have a much more in-depth experience.
https://www.challengeair.com/

Don't forget to check out Wings for Austim/Wings for All as well. This will give a much more real-life-like experience from checking in at the airport, to going through TSA/metal detectors and boarding a real plane.

Challenge Air was created to change the perception of children with special needs through the gift flight. Since 1993, we have been committed to making a difference in the lives of children with special needs. With a network of 3,500 volunteers nationwide, we continue to grow through events called F...

04/13/2021

Below is the schedule for the Virtual Transition and Resource Fair Wednesday, April 14th, 5:00-7:00pm
Lots of great topics for everyone in Island County.
Our event will run from 5pm - 7pm with five minute transition windows.
Each workshop will have a moderator and track all questions and comments in the chat stream for you to address at the end of the session.
Lastly, the moderator will allow the attendees into the meeting, manage any attendee issues.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have a question or need clarification on any of the information above. Mike Etzell (360)678-7883 or [email protected]

Below is the schedule for the Virtual Transition and Resource Fair Wednesday, April 14th, 5:00-7:00pm
Lots of great topics for everyone in Island County.
Our event will run from 5pm - 7pm with five minute transition windows.
Each workshop will have a moderator and track all questions and comments in the chat stream for you to address at the end of the session.
Lastly, the moderator will allow the attendees into the meeting, manage any attendee issues.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have a question or need clarification on any of the information above. Mike Etzell (360)678-7883 or [email protected]

Address

P.O. Box 5000
Coupeville, WA
98239

General information

Free Services Include: •Matching parents in one-to-one relationships with trained, experienced parents, based on similar diagnoses and family issues •Providing personal support which is different than the support professionals can provide •Follow up by the Local County Coordinator on each P2P referral and match •Information and education about disabilities and referral to services in the community •Culturally relevant services through ethnic outreach •Training for parents who want to become Helping Parent peer mentor volunteers •E-newsletters Parent to Parent Support Programs of Washington State is a member of the Parent to Parent USA Alliance. Washington State Parent to Parent (P2P) maintains confidentiality and does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, creed, s*x, or national origin.

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