I/DD: Coming Out of the Pandemic
Thurs., May 13: 4 to 5:30 pm
Via Zoom, Link Below
During the pandemic, has there been a deterioration in mental health for people with IDD?
Have new or unique challenging behaviors emerged during the pandemic?
How has mental health of care-providers been impacted by the pandemic?
What have we learned through the current pandemic?
Alison Berry; Clallam County Health Officer
Kevin LoPiccolo; Clallam County Health & Human Services
Jackie Chotiner; Behavior Therapist
Christine Motokane; Self-Advocate, Author, Para-educator
Wendy Bonham; Parent Advocate, Special Olympics
Wayne Bartz; Morningside
Misty Parkhurst; Concerned Citizens
Karen Pierce; Pierce, Jones & Associates
Catherine McKinney; Sibling Advocate, Clallam Mosaic
Meeting ID: 891 3950 2119 Passcode: 556541
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Information 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.
Discovery Behavior Solutions LL provides ABA and is also contracted with DDA for Specialized Habilitation.
Phone: (360) 487-9783
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
Planning Options, Special Needs Trusts
Gary Knopp, Financial Advisor, Prudential:
Graham Ralston, Ralston Law:
Law Office of Patrick M. Erker
Phone: (360) 207-2150
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation presents
Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. to Noon
Weekly through May 25, 2021
Workshops will cover the Four Pillars of Growth
Open to High School youth with a signed and completed Pre-ETS Information and Consent form.
Download PDFs fo the forms below.
For more information, contact:
DSHS/Division of Vocational
Relevant Engagement Consulting
From PEACE NW
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:
COVID-related Guidance from OSPI
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
Developmental Disability Administration Coronavirus
From Informing Families
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)
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
CoviBook - Coloring Book
From Manuela Molina - the author (with
"I have created this short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation....
Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times. Share COVIBOOK and help ease kiddo's anxiety all over the world. "
A Spanish language version can be downloaded here.
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.
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/
Connect with Us
Parent to Parent (P2P):
Closed due to Covid-19
301 Lopez Ave, Rm #4
Port Angeles, WA 98362