Mission: Empowering People with Special Needs!
Mission: Empowering People with Special Needs!  



Art Contest


Thank you for all the

amazing submissions.


Our panel of three judges are at work determining

the winners.



Winners will be notified, and announced, in Septermber 2021.


Prizes: 1st Place: $50 gift card for Safeway
             2nd Place: Laurel Lanes Bowling Center gift cards totaling $30

             3rd Place: Laurel Lanes Bowling Center gift cards totaling $20



Resources from Spring 2021 Seminars


Developmental Disabilities Administration 101

In the state of Washington the main door to services for individuals

with intellectual/developmental disabilities is

the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).


Carina Robinson, Supervisor, Clallam and Jefferson counties.

Website: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/dda


Discovery Behavior Solutions LL provides ABA and is also contracted with DDA for Specialized Habilitation.  

Phone: (360) 487-9783



DDA Services: How to Apply (and Why)


Applying for services from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is a multi-step process. Learn how to get started, what to ask for, and why it’s important to apply.


Go Here: https://informingfamilies.org/dda-how-to-apply/





Panel Discussion:

I/DD and Coming Out of the Pandemic

We thank the panelists who shared their insight and experiences:


Dr. Allison Berry; Clallam County Health Officer

Wendy Bonham; Parent Advocate, Area Dir. for Special Olympics

Christine Motokane; Self Advocate, Author, Para-educator

Linda Middleton; Concerned Citizens

Wayne Bartz; Morningside

Karen Pierce; Pierce, Jones & Associates



From the Studium Generale featuring

the film Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops

Watch the Tedx Talk featuring Joe A. Smarro




Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds

Protecting the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities throughout Washington state!


Tim McCue, Self Advocacy Educator

Website: https://ddombuds.org/


Financial Futures

Planning Options, Special Needs Trusts


Gary Knopp, Financial Advisor, Prudential:

Phone: 425-698-4489    

Email: Gary.Knopp@Prudential.com


Graham Ralston, Ralston Law:

Phone: 360-226-2633
E-mail: graham@jgralstonlaw.com



Guardianship 101
Law Office of Patrick M. Erker


Patrick Erker

Phone: (360) 207-2150

Email: patrickerker@pmelawoffice.com




Resources & Links from

the IEP Seminar with

Tom Steinbeck


Have a question for Tom about your child's IEP?

Email: steinbeck.tom@gmail.com




A Conversation with Scott Michael Raub - Special Education Parent & Community Liaison Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) What are the schools requirements regarding distant learning and Special Education? What options do I have as a parent when it comes to teaching my student?


Link to the Scott Raub presentation via youtube:




Resources and Links provided

by Tom Steinbeck


Decision Tree for Inperson Learning

Page 5 of report.

Decision Tree for Provision of in Person Learning among Public and Private K-12 Students during COVID-19
decision tree.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [684.4 KB]


COVID-related Guidance from OSPI




Additional Resources
Special Education in Washington State: 
A Handbook for Parents and Educators. 
Procedural Safeguards
Guidance for Families from OSPI 
Section 504
  The Special Education Advocates League are a team of professional volunteers. Their goal is to support, educate, and collaborate for student to receive individualized Special Education Services and Related Services, preparing them for further education, employment and independent living.  The website includes multiple forms that can be used to formally communicate with your District.
District Contact Information
Port Angeles School DistrictPamela Sanford, 360.565.3740
Sequim School District — Joanne Kidd, Special Education Coordinator at 360.582.3402,  jkidd@sequimschools.org
Quillayute Valley School District — Kyle Weakley, 360.374.6262, ext 367; kyle.weakley@qvschools.org
Crescent School District —  Cassie Davidson, 360.928.3311, ext 1020; cdavidson@csd313.org
Chimicum School District — Melinda Miller,  melinda_miller@csd49.org         360.302.5886
Port Townsend School District — Shelby MacMeekin, Director of Special Services, 360.379.4366 or 360.379.4501 (ext, 4366), 


COVID-19 Resources

Parent to Parent Clallam County continues to work hard to best serve our community's needs during this evolving health event.


Parent to Parent Coordinator, Carah, will be checking in with families.


If you would like your family added to our phone check-in list:

Email: p2p@clallammosaic.org

Call: Carah at 360.406.1215

Or Clallam Mosaic 360.681.8642 or 360.797.3602



Updates from the Federal Government


COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Agencie

Download PDF Here


From the United States Dept. of Education


June 25,2020: Question and Answer document in response to inquiries concerning implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B use of funds in the current COVID-19 environment.

Download PDF Here


June 30, 2020: Question and Answer document in response to inquiries concerning implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act  Part B procedural safeguards in the current COVID-19 environment.

Download PDF Here


July 6, 2020: Question and Answer document in response to inquiries concerning implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C evaluation and assessment timelines in the current COVID-19 environment.

Download PDF Here


Family Specific Resources

From Prevention Works!


Links to all types of Homebound Activities you and your children can  enjoy from home. There are links to virtual tours, math and reading activities, PBS, a daily online PE classe and more.


From the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

Special Education Guidance for Covid-19


Find updated information about local school districts and the considerations for providing special education needs.


The page provides resources for Washington State schools and districts to guide decisions during the COVID school closures.






From the Washington State Dept. of Children, Youth and Families.

Seven Strategies to Support

Individuals with Special Needs

Through Uncertain Times


A PDF: Washington State Resource Guide for Parents & Caregivers, Caring for Your Family During COVID-19.


The "UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute has created seven strategies for those with autism to better understand COVID-19 and the changes we are experiencing."


Download the PDF Here.



From PAVE (Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment)


Helping your child understand Telehealth:



"Meet Willa. Willa reflects daily life from the lens of a person who experiences high functioning autism with an anxiety and panic disorder, like the artist, Alissa. Willa often reflects her experiences so please follow Willa as she navigates the changes that are a part of taking charge of her own care."



School Shutdown:

Pandemic Guidance for Families also Impacted by Disability


Links to Support Families during the Coronavirus




Developmental Disability Administration Coronavirus



From Informing Families

General COVID-19 Resource Page


A plain talk guide to COVID-19 explains what’s going on in the world as school, work and businesses close, and everyone is asked to stay at home.

Versions: PDF,  Video/Adio (YouTube), Text Only (Word)

Click Here



From NPR

How to talk about COVID-19 with people who have autism.




From the ARC Washington State

Resource page with links to PDFs, Videos and more.


From the ARC of the United States

Download the Family Handbook of Future Planning


"A Family Handbook on Future Planning is a guide to help families develop a future plan for their sons or daughters with cognitive, intellectual or developmental disabilities that provides personal, financial and legal protections for these individuals after the parents either die or can no longer provide care or support."


From the office of Rep. Derek Kilmer

Follow Kilmer on Facebook


COVID-19 Parent Student Resource Guide

See the section: Additional resources for children with disabilities,assistive technology resources


COVID-19 Parent Student Resource Guide
Resources from the office of Rep. Derek Kilmer
COVID-19 Parent Student Resource Guide_F[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [344.5 KB]
From the Washington State Dept. of Health
& Social Services


 Telecommunication Equipment Distribution

The Telecommunication Equipment Distribution (TED) program distributes specialized telecommunication equipment that enables Washington residents to have independent use of the telephone.


People (ages 4 and up) who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or speech disabled; and live in Washington State are eligible to apply for services. The cost of equipment is based on a sliding fee scale which uses the client's annual income and family size to determine if there is a cost to the client or not. Many of our clients receive the equipment at no cost.

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With financial support from the Arc of Washington State and Clallam County Health & Human Services, the Parent to Parent (P2P) Clallam County Chapter supports, encourages and empowers families and caregivers of minors with special needs.

Today, P2P is expanding services to meet the needs of a growing community. P2P provides emotional support to all family members - parents, grandparents and siblings - who are caring for a loved one with special needs.


Learn more about Parent to Parent, and the history of the organization below.

For more Information & Resources for Parents/Caregivers.



Other information can be found From Around the Web or on our Partners page.



To learn more about the

Clallam County Parent to Parent group

Email: P2P@ClallamMosaic.org


Or call Catherine McKinney at 360-681-8642.

What is Parent to Parent?


Parent to Parent is a program that provides information and one-to- one emotional support to parents, and families, of children who have special needs.


The program works very simply by providing the following:


• Parent Matching: 1 to 1 matching of new parents with trained, experienced parents, based on similar diagnosis and family issues


• Personal support, social support and engagement


• Information and education about disabilities


• 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-newsletter from Arc of Washington Parent to Parent

You can sign up here:



You can read archived issues here:


History of Parent to Parent


1971 First P2P organization started in Nebraska

             A program in which parents of children with disabilities could share information and emotional support with other parents through one-to-one match.


1980 P2P Washington state started in King County


1986 1st National P2P Conference: host Washington state


2003 P2P USA Alliance formed with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

              To ensure that families nation-wide whose children have special needs have access to Parent to Parent support

              Founders came from Vermont, Arizona, Pennsylvania and South Carolina

              P2P WA state is a member of the alliance

Learn more at: https://www.p2pusa.org/



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