Washington state informational and networking events for families with children with special health needs

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What’s My Role? Helping Your Loved One Manage Depression Treatment @ online
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
What's My Role? Helping Your Loved One Manage Depression Treatment @ online

“Is therapy even working?” “I don’t think this medication is the right fit.” “Now, what do we do!?” Does any of this sound familiar??

It’s a frustrating fact: there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for depression. As a caregiver, you want to confidently point your loved ones toward treatment options you know will help them get well. Unfortunately, finding the right treatment takes time and is almost always a trial and error process.

How can you be expected to put your faith in therapists, doctors, medications, and insurance systems when your loved one’s health and life are on the line? By being educated and equipped to support your loved one in getting appropriate treatment, you can play a pivotal role in helping them get on the path toward wellness.

Join our webinar to learn how to differentiate between types of evidence-based depression treatment, recognize if treatment is making a difference, and what you can do when treatment isn’t working. Together, we’ll demystify the mental health system so you feel more confident about helping your loved ones make informed decisions about their treatment.

Dads only Training Weekend @ Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center
Oct 7 – Oct 9 all-day
Dads only Training Weekend @ Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center

Are you the dad of a child with behavioral health concerns?

So are we, and have traveled a road similar to yours. As we have worked towards recovery with our own kids, we have learned a lot about systems navigation, IEPs, parenting techniques, de-escalation, reward systems, sibling issues, etc. and we simply want to pay it forward.

This weekend event is open to Dads, grandparents, and other male caregivers, who have a special needs child in their family, or extended family.

There is a $ 35 registration fee for the weekend which includes lodging and meals from Friday evening to Sunday checkout (noon).  We can also arrange carpools, or help with gas vouchers, bus/train tickets, etc. to help you get here.

All you need to bring is your bedding, pillow, and all your questions!

There will be a gift for every participant!

Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center

16170 Manastash Road

Ellensburg, WA 98926

Calling Autistic Parents @ The Arc of King County
Oct 9 @ 7:29 pm – 8:29 pm
Calling Autistic Parents @ The Arc of King County

Square Pegs has a new group just for autistic and neurodivergent parents. They meet the 2nd Sunday of each month here at The Arc from 10am-12pm. If you have questions they can contact Jen.St.Cyr@gmail.com or Gina@bunster.org

Learning to Advocate for Children and Families @ online
Oct 11 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Learning to Advocate for Children and Families @ online

When influencing the halls of power, whether those halls are in your town hall, your state capitol, or Washington, DC, advocacy makes a difference.  In this free webinar series, you’ll learn skills to be an effective advocate for issues that you care about to help you play a meaningful role as a coalition member, grassroots organizer, and leader.  From strategies for organizing like-minded people to methods for communicating messages to a variety of issue stakeholders, this series will teach you everything you need to start making an impact on matters most important to you.  Join us today and become a voice for your community’s tomorrow.

All webinars are one hour long and have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available.

This series is being facilitated by Catriona Macdonald, MPP,  President, Linchpin Strategies, LLC

Episode I: The Nuts and Bolts of Advocacy

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, at 12 PM EST / 9 AM PST

This webinar begins with an overview of why advocacy matters and how it makes a big difference for infants, children, and families and the professionals who care for them.  Over the course of the hour, you will learn the nuts and bolts of advocacy, including:

  • Information that policymakers need to make decisions, including how an issue impacts their constituents and supporters
  • The helpful facts, figures, and personal stories that narrate and frame an issue, so it is easily understood and relatable
  • How visible an issue is in the community and among constituents and supporters, and the range of opinions about it
  • How to contact and learn more about your elected officials and those working on your issues, as well as advocacy and community coalitions
  • Ways to have your voice heard by identifying and volunteering with (or creating!) advocacy and community coalitions engaged in your issues
  • Strategies and methods for connecting to officials when you find them, and how to keep your issue front and center

In small breakout groups, you’ll share your issue areas with fellow participants, and research how to contact your elected officials, like-minded advocacy groups, and community coalitions.  A resource list and tip sheet will be provided to all participants as a desktop reference guide for your advocacy efforts.

Episode II: Telling Your Story for Impact

Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at 12 PM EST / 9 AM PST

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to frame your issues and ideas to point toward solutions and tell your story for maximum impact on decision-makers and the policies they create.  Specifically, we’ll discuss in depth how to:

  • Share your expertise, know your audience, and identify your partners
  • Craft messages that resonate and paint a picture through details
  • Create assets for your issue by building connections

In small groups, you’ll work on storytelling about an issue and identifying the partners you may want to include in telling that story.  This webinar closes with a focus on making an actionable advocacy plan for your issue.

Episode III: It Takes a Village

Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at 12 PM EST / 9 AM PST

This webinar explores the strategies and methods for implementing an advocacy plan and being the most effective advocate you can be.  In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • Strategies for finding and recruiting others in your community to join you as advocates
  • Ways to spread your message through social media channels and the press
  • How to understand the influence and impact of unexpected advocates
  • The roles of community leaders and influencers
  • Ways to leverage voting cycles and elections to deepen your impact
The Power of Student Voice: The LEV 2022 Virtual Event @ online
Oct 13 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
The Power of Student Voice: The LEV 2022 Virtual Event @ online

Students know best when it comes to reimagining our education system. And they are not afraid of speaking up to address the many areas of inequity.

Join us for our Virtual Event on October 13, 2022 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for an online statewide FREE convening to celebrate the brilliance and the advocacy efforts of Washington students.

It will be an inspirational event to remember, so RSVP today to ensure your seat. Are you interested in being an event sponsor? Email info @educationvoters.org for more information.

We will also present awards to students who inspire us, students who take on the system, and who create change.

Dads helping Dads @ online
Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Dads helping Dads @ online

2nd Thursday of every month – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Sharing Down Syndrome in Pierce County: Parents Night In @ online
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sharing Down Syndrome in Pierce County: Parents Night In @ online

Monthly on the 2nd Friday of each month at 7 PM.
A group for parents and caregivers of individuals with Down Syndrome.

Grab your dinner, a tasty beverage, and your phone, tablet, or computer – and join us online for social time together!
This group is about social connection, building community, emotional support, laughter, sharing resources, and just having a safe place to talk with other people who get it.
What to Expect:

  • Good conversation
  • Building community
  • Connecting to other parents
  • Sharing community resources

Doreen VanderVort : (253)565-2266 ext 107
PAVE Pierce County Programs: P2P@wapave.org
Sharing Down Syndrome in Pierce County – SDSPC@wapave.org

Cerebral Palsy Caregiver Support Group @ online
Oct 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Cerebral Palsy Caregiver Support Group @ online

Join a monthly gathering of parents/caregivers of children with CP. During each meeting, you will hear from and engage with a guest speaker, and you will also spend time providing each other with community and support.

Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of every month from 5:30-6:30 PM via Zoom

Zoom room:

WA State Sibling Connection @ online
Oct 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Connect virtually with other adult siblings of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities!
Upcoming Dates: July 15, Aug 19, Sept 16
REGISTER FOR ZOOM LINK: https://www.arcsno.org/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/event/register&reset=1&id=253
(now meeting every 3rd Thursday)


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Thriving on Two Spectrums 2022 @ online
Oct 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

A monthly virtual support group for the parents of autistic and transgender/nonbinary youth.
Professionally facilitated by parents of autistic and transgender/nonbinary youth, this one of kind group provides information and emotional support for parents by parents. For the days when you feel alone and isolated, and even more for the days when you’re proud and excited, meet us online for support, resource sharing, friendship and fun. Your unique family deserves unique support. Join us.

Free membership is required on transfamilies.org to register for this group.

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