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As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, The Arc of Grays Harbor is composed of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, professionals and concerned members of the community. The Arc’s mission is to advocate for the rights and full participation of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Along with our network of members and chapters, we support and empower individuals and families; connect and inform individuals and families; improve support and service systems; influence public policy; increase public awareness; and inspire inclusive communities.

Community Engagement

The Arc of Grays Harbor provides Community Guide and Community Engagement services for clients receiving DDA services. These services allow people with disabilities the ability to access their community with the supports they need. Participants engage in a variety of community-based opportunities to grow their social network and knowledge.

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Parent to Parent

The Parent to Parent Support Program provides emotional support and information to families of children with a disability or special healthcare needs

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Information and Referrals

Are you looking for disability resources or services in the community? We can help! Contact us or check out our Community Resource Directory

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Need help applying for SSI or DDA?

Contact us to set up an appointment. We can assist you in filling out the applications for Social Security and Developmental Disability Administration services. 

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Hi,

Hope you and your family all had a nice holiday season.

 
Virtual Events at The Arc:
  • Virtual Family Fun Night - January 20th, 2021 | 6:30 to 7:30 pm | Join Parent to Parent of GH and Pacific Counties over Zoom, we will be singing songs, making crafts, reading stories, and doing activities. Register HERE. 

  • Covid-19 Vaccine Town Hall - January 21st, 2021 | 6-7 PM | The Arc of GH and South Sound Parent to Parent are teaming up to bring parents and caregivers an informative presentation and Q&A with Grays Harbor County Public Health Department about the Covid vaccine. Register HERE.

  • Guardianship and Other Alternatives Workshop - January 25th, 2021 | 5:30-7 pm | Join us for a virtual workshop with attorney James M. Brown. Learn more about guardianship, power of attorney, representative payee, and more. Register HERE.

  • Coffee Talk - January 27th, 2021 | 10:30-11:30 am | GH and Pacific County Parent to Parent are holding a Coffee Talk for parents or caregivers of a child with a disability or special healthcare need. Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite drink and join us for some great conversation. Register HERE.

Other Virtual Events:
  • Telling Your Story with a Purpose - January 28th, 2021 | 6-8 pm | The Father’s Network and Parent to Parent of Yakima invite you to learn how to tell your story to educate legislators. Email Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP. 

  • Cerebral Palsy Caregiver Support Group Sponsored by Seattle Children’s, a monthly gathering of parents/caregivers to each other with community and support, and discuss relevant topics with group facilitation

E-Learning:
 
Covid 19:
Parenting/Caregiving:
  • New! January 2021 GH and Pacific County Parent to Parent Newsletter!

  • If you are caring for a child with hearing loss, Washington Hands and Voices has a Guide By Your Side program to provide you with support and guidance

  • Check out a great new publication from Informing Families called Pathways to Respite. A great resource for families needing respite care.

  • If you’re concerned about your child and whether or not they are meeting developmental milestones, or your medical team has recommended these services, please sign up for a Child Find Screening with South Sound Parent to Parent.

Education:
Advocacy:
Legal Help:
  • Kathy at the law firm of Johnston George is helping parents whose students in special education file a coordinated complaint. If your student hasn't received IEP services, contact kathy@johnstongeorge.com
  • Northwest Justice Project is introducing a free special education legal clinic. Tuesdays: 12—1:30 p.m. and Thursdays: 7—8:30 p.m. To register leave a voicemail with contact info at:
    206-707-7292. Or use NJP’s online intake form
 
Other Information:
 
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Have a great week! Stay sane and safe!

 

Jeff Meeks
Executive Director
The Arc of Grays Harbor
360.537.7000