From the Parent to Parent blog

P2P has helped me in many ways.

I have made connections to supports and resources that have been tremendously valuable to me.  I have made friendships that I could not imagine my life without.  I have found my passion and an…...

You can turn a negative into a positive; it’s just a matter of perspective…

“Once I could see how sharing my story could positively impact a family, I was then able to start my own healing. Working for The Arc of Cowlitz County as the Parent to Parent…...

“From an adult sibling who is guardian for her brother now.”

"Not sure if I said thank you, but I made a call to Melissa today at Parent to Parent and emailed Angela and Jamie.  Melissa was super helpful.  Gave me a little more hope.…...

Colton’s Crew

"We now have a little “ginger” one-year-old boy who loves squash, his dog Arnold, and his big Sister Ali with all his heart and has Down Syndrome.” We are not alone anymore-connected to Parent to…...

We’ve made deep connections with other parents also on a similar journey.

By Heather Milliren - Skagit County Parent to Parent Coordinator - October 28, 2016 My story of who I am, who is my family, and what is our biggest challenge. As a little…...

“How has Parent to Parent helped me to develop as a parent leader?”

by Alaina Kube, Parent to Parent Coordinator with The Arc of Snohomish County My story of who I am, who is my family, what is our biggest challenge. I…...

Welcome To…Vegas?

Welcome To…Vegas? Tracie Hoppis - Published March 10, 2016 There’s a popular story among parents raising children with special needs.   It’s called Welcome to Holland.  In Welcome to Holland, author Emily Perl…...

The Best Kept Secret

Christine Griffin, Washington State Hands & Voices Coordinator (and past Parent to Parent Coordinator for Whatcom County) shares her experiences as a parent and a professional: "Fourteen years ago, in the darkened wings…...

WA State P2P Request for Proposals (RFP)

Washington State Parent to Parent (P2P) Support Programs Request for Proposal (RFP) The Arc of Washington State is seeking proposals to establish in 2016, a local Parent to Parent (P2P) Program in 1…...

Welcome To…Vegas?

There’s a popular story among parents raising children with special needs.   It’s called Welcome to Holland.  In Welcome to Holland, author Emily Perl Kingsley writes about the very typical “dreams” an expectant mother and…...

P2PUSA Road Map: 1971-2015

Parent to Parent Movement - 44 years and still going strong.  From 1971 When Fran Porter, a parent, and social worker Shirley Dean petitioned Omaha ARC to establish Pilot Parents of Nebraska, to 39…...

Sunnyside Mom Shares With Yakima P2P

"I really enjoy working with all our families…I do not believe I had ever met such wonderful and caring families in any of my other jobs!  When I began facilitating the Sunnyside support groups…...

Alexa Atkins - 10 Years Employed At Starbucks!

Thank you, Store Manager Mykela and job support person Marie.  And thank you DD for funding the employment support. Article: "Life After High School: Ten Skills to Teach Your Child" by Diane…...

Non-Judgmental Companionship

"Michelle Williams and the Parent-to-Parent group in Kittitas County have been true blessings in my life and the life of my autistic son. He is now a student at Central Washington University, and as a…...

A “Sense of Community”

Arc of Southwest Washington and Parent to Parent gives us a “sense of community”: "Knowing not alone in parenting struggles. IEP training & help. Hope with the Home group. Pride that there is…...

Parent to Parent Support: A Life Saver

"Our family has benefited enormously from our involvement with Parent to Parent.  I have received direct and ongoing emotional support from the initial contact which consisted of my being matched with a trained “helping…...

Molly Loves - By Cyndy Knight, Walla Walla P2P

October is both Disability Awareness Month, and Down Syndrome Awareness Month. In honor of both, here is Molly’s story told by her Mom Cyndy from Walla Walla Parent to Parent. "October is both Disability…...

An Aunt in Spokane Shares Her Experience with P2P

"It was a pleasure to come to The Arc of Spokane, Parent 2 Parent program, for a consultation on people available to help our adult niece and nephew who live in the Spokane area. …...

A Lewis County Parent

A parent in Lewis County shared this regarding her experience with Parent to Parent: "Parent to parent has helped me so much emotionally! I met Angela at a play group and she has…...

A Parent Connection - A P2P Match Interview from Whatcom County

How Was Connecting With a Helping Parent Helpful For You? Sharing Commonalities: Helping Parent, Margaret Lyons and parent, Sherry Robinson share about their Parent to Parent connection. Interview by Christine Griffin …...

P2P Volunteer Shares Her Story

"How can community involvement prepare me to be a good citizen?" by Morgan Adams She has asked and then answered by volunteering for the last five years with the Moses Lake/Grant County…...

“Special Kids: Surviving and Thriving While Raising a Child With Special Needs” - P2P Programs

From the article: Sibling rivalry. With those two words, my father diagnosed every screaming, kicking, fighting feud unleashed among us half-dozen kids. Even the smallest argument led him to declare in a…...

Video: Out & About on the Valley Transit - Walla Walla WA

"Out & About on the Vally Transit - Walla Walla WA' is a short 9 minute documentary of two adults living independently using public transportation to get to and from their jobs.  This video…...

Article: Leaving the Nest With Special Needs

    (dailyRx News) Millions of children grow up with long-term health conditions. They will need to continue receiving care as adults, but are they ready to take on that responsibility? …...

A Quote From A Parent

" Support is integral to rebuilding and maintaining a healthy life.  A positive program that has offered me as a sense of community is Parent to Parent.  After I was trained, I was able…...

P2P Coordinator Cathy Murahashi Interviewed on msn.com

King County P2P Coordinator Cathy Murahashi was interviewed for an article online at http://living.msn.com by Jacqui Kramer.  Here is an exerpt of the article: An Emotional Response The period immediately…...

Helping Others Understand

(The following is an exerpt from "Parenting Children with Special Needs" by Stacey Schultz (www.staceyschultz.com) How can parents achieve better understanding and communication with parents of children with special needs - and…...

Day in the Life of a P2P Coordinator: Amber White, Lewis P2P

Chronicle article "Coping With Autism: Toledo Family Explains Life of 5-Year-Old With Neurodevelopmental Disorder" (April 10, 2012) interviews Amber White, P2P Coordinator for Lewis County. Click here to read the article....

Day in the Life of a Parent to Parent Coordinator: Michelle Williams, Kittitas P2P

Great article on a new playgroup my friend Amy Kocher is starting here in Ellensburg.  She has some nice words about P2P.... (Click here to read the article.)...

Days In The Life of A P2P Coordinator: Christine Griffin, Whatcom P2P

Recently, at one of our parent support meetings we hosted a night on the topic of "Behavior", and as you might imagine our cozy meeting room was bursting at the seams. Surprisingly, it wasn’t…...

Days In the Life of a P2P Coordinator: Tracie Hoppis, Yakima P2P

I can still remember the day when we became a “special family”.  It began as we drove down the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, on our way to visit a specialist in Portland.  Our eleven…...

WA DSHS Regional Consolidation

Washington State DSHS (Department of Social and Health Services) is currently transitioning from six regions to three. Find more information and a map of the new regions....

iPad helps boy talk

CNN affiliate WFMY reports on an app for smartphones and iPads that is giving a voice to those who struggle to speak....

DNA Blood Test Could Be Used to Detect Down Syndrome in Fetuses

Researchers said that a new DNA test using a pregnant woman’s blood can detect the presence of a duplicate copy of chromosome 21—which causes Down Syndrome—in the fetus and could cut rates of invasive…...

Does Collaborative Work Offer Students an Opportunity for Bullying?

From the Hechinger Report: Group work in the classroom teaches students to collaborate, but some say it may offer a prime opportunity for bullying, education blogger Sarah Garland writes in this post. In a…...

Transition Programs to Get Boost

From Disability Scoop: The Department of Education is funneling millions into post-secondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities at 27 colleges and universities....

Criminal Pasts No Hurdle for Disability Care Providers

Hundreds of home health care workers in California have histories of rape, assault and abuse, but in many cases their criminal histories are no barrier to keeping their jobs. Read the story here....

Accessibility Comes Standard at First-of-its-Kind Dorm

From Disability Scoop online: a fully accessible college dorm opening this week at the University of Illinois is believed to be the most user-friendly in the country for students with physical disabilities....

Susan Atkins Goes to Washington DC

Susan Atkins, State Coordinator of Washington State Parent to Parent was invited to attend the celebration for the 20th Anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) July 26, 2010....

Education Department Allows States to Cut Special Education Spending

From CEC Smartbrief: Three states have requested - and two states have already been granted - waivers to federal spending requirements for special education in what advocates say may be the first use of…...

Can Disability Be Sexy?

From Disability Scoop: A series of photographs spoofing the often racy advertisements from clothing retailer American Apparel is questioning traditional ideas of beauty in a most provocative way....