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

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Oct
11
Tue
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
Oct
25
Tue
Learning to Advocate for Children and Families @ online
Oct 25 @ 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
Nov
15
Tue
Learning to Advocate for Children and Families @ online
Nov 15 @ 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
Nov
21
Mon
Legal Transitions to Adulthood Class @ online
Nov 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Legal Transitions to Adulthood Class @ online

What is the Legal Transitions to Adulthood Class?
Attorneys present information for parents and caregivers of youth who are approaching adulthood who will need ongoing support, help with decision-making, disability-related benefits, and other services. The young person may also attend.

What does the class cover?
Public benefits:
• SSI, DDA
• Financial planning to maintain eligibility Legal decision-making:
• Supported decision-making
• (Durable) powers of attorney
• Legal guardianship

Can I get legal advice for my child’s specific situation?
No legal advice will be given, and attorneys are not able to offer specific recommendations. The class covers general information about legal rights and processes and includes a question and answer section. Attorneys cannot help families apply for guardianship or complete court paperwork.

Do I need a computer to take the virtual class?
It helps to have access to a computer or smartphone to be able to see the presenters and materials. Class participants can call into the Zoom meeting by phone. We need an email or physical address to send the class invite and materials.

How much does it cost? The class is free.

How do I register?
Email legaltransitionsclass@seattlechildrens.org with this information:
• First and last name of person attending, phone number and contact email
• City and state
• Preferred language
• Preferred date (Mar 21, May 16, July 18, Sept 19, Nov 21)
Emails missing any of this information cannot be processed.
You may also ask your Seattle Children’s provider to register you