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. Our groups, let by a trained Parent to Parent Coordinator, meet once a month to discuss these challenges and to offer support and education. All of our Parent to Parent Coordinators have a child of their own with a disability, so they have personal experiences with the unique challenges that this can bring. Personal support from another parent, who has a child with similar needs, can be helpful in coping with these challenging experiences and feelings as well. Trained volunteer Helping Parents are available to provide support and information.
The Arc of Grays Harbor coordinates the Parent to Parent group of Grays Harbor and also Pacific county. Grays Harbor County Parent Connections meets at 5:30 on the second Wednesday of every month at The Arc of Grays Harbor (Click for directions). Please see our Facebook Groups for upcoming group topics and workshops! Check out The Arc of Grays Harbor Facebook Page, Grays Harbor Parent to Parent Facebook Group, and Pacific County Parent to Parent.
Join us for our Managing Challenging Behaviors Workshop, coming September 2019! Click the link for details. Managing Challenging Behaviors Workshop September 2019
With the support of Grays Harbor County Public Health Department we:
- Provide you with up to date information and resource materials such as diagnostic services for Autism or related disorders and enriching community activities such as Special Olympics through our e-bulletins and Social Networking sites.
- Outreach to individuals with disabilities, families and other stakeholders including the Quinault and Chehalis Nations to help navigate the developmental disabilities, local social services and school systems.
- Host meetings of the Disability Movement Coalition to inform and educate the community about what is happening with legislation relevant to people with disabilities including a legislative reception every January.
- Help you navigate your child's educational system by consulting with you about IEP or 504 meetings.
- Help families know what services are available to them by making Community Information Liaisons available for IEP meetings.
- Help you apply for Social Security Disability, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation or SSI.
- Help you apply for Developmental Disability Administration services.
- Expand the community's understanding of people with developmental disabilities through our Awareness events in October and March.
- Work with the Transition council to offer Navigating the Systems (school, State, Federal), I.E.P. & 504 Plans, Financial Resources, Guardianship & Alternative to Guardianship and an annual Life After High School Resource Fair for students in transition to adulthood.