Parents of children with an intellectual/developmental disability need to connect with other parents for support and resources. Throughout Washington State you will find Parent Coalitions who have parents and guardians who have walked the walk and can help parents organize their voices and be heard on issues important to them. The Arc of Washington State works with Parent Coalitions around the state to help parents and guardians become effective advocates for their family members and others who have developmental disabilities. Efforts are directed toward:
Accessing and improving the service delivery system.
Linking families with community supports.
Ensuring adequate funding for programs and services.
Forming a strong advocacy base.
Impacting opinion leaders and policy makers through legislative advocacy.
Working for a better future in the community for people with developmental disabilities.
While Parent Coalitions vary in scope and funding, they typically draw from various parent groups to form a committed coalition that addresses common needs and concerns among people with developmental disabilities and those who support them. Many of the Parent Coalitions receive local funding from their County Developmental Disabilities offices.
To find the Parent Coalition in your area, contact Darla Helt, Statewide Coordinator, at email@example.com or (360) 823-2247.