2016 Ms. Wheelchair Washington

2016 Ms. Wheelchair Washington
Nicole Martini

Parent to Parent Support Program

Learning that your child has a disability can be a bewildering time, a time full of questions and concerns. Having someone to talk to that has “been there” can provide the hope that you are not alone. We have a network of trained volunteer Helping Parents, all of whom have children with developmental disabilities. We match new parents with an experienced parent who has a child with a similar diagnosis and family circumstances.

Helping Parents are available to listen to your concerns which can be helpful in coping with these challenging new xperiences and feelings. In addition, we can help give you guidance and assistance with issues that arise throughout childhood, such as working with schools, health care and developmental concerns. Parent to Parent wants you to know that we understand, we care and are willing to help because we all have been there.

Parent to Parent Provides:

-- Matching of trained, experienced “Helping Parents” with parents who have children with similar     diagnoses and family circumstances, to provide personal support
-- Current information about various disabilities
-- Information and referral to community resources and services
-- A place to connect with other parents through social & recreational events, e-mail support networks,  support groups, and periodic educational trainings
-- Training for parents who would like to become volunteer Helping Parents
-- Public awareness, outreach and training to the community regarding people with disabilities and disability issues