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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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Hello,

Yesterday when doing some yard work, I noticed that our trees are starting to bud out! Not a moment too soon!
For a variety of reasons, which I'm sure we're all experiencing, this winter has seemed longer than most.

 

Virtual Events This Month at The Arc:

  • Virtual Family Fun Night - February 17th, 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. 

  • Coffee Talk - February 24th, 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 in Our Community:

  • Worksource Community Resource Fair, Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021, 11 am to 1 pm, click HERE to register.

  • 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:

  • If you missed our Maximizing Financial Resources presentation on ABLE and DDEFT accounts, check it out!

  •  If you missed our Covid-19 Vaccine Town Hall on January 21st, 2021, you can view it HERE.

  • If you missed our Guardianship and Other Alternatives workshop on January 25th, 2021 you can view it HERE.

Covid 19:

  • Informing Families has a great section of resources to help during the Coronavirus.

  • To find out if you are currently eligible to receive the vaccine, visit www.findyourphaseWA.org

  • If you live in Grays Harbor, make sure you register with the GH Health Department to be placed in line to receive your vaccine HERE.

  • If you are a parent of a child with special healthcare needs, click HERE to read new information from DOH and Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs (CHYSCN)  about Covid-19 vaccination for this population. 

Parenting/Caregiving:

  • New! February 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:

  • Advocacy Days has begun! Click HERE to learn more and access links to join. 

  • Learn more about the 2021 Legislative Session and which bills will be heard that affect people with I/DD HERE

  • I can't overstate how concerned we are about the impact of proposed budget cuts on people with disabilities. If you share my concerns, I ask that you let your legislators know how you feel by using The Arc of Washington's action center to join 3100 families to sign a petition, send a letter to them or find their office contact info. 

  • Learn more about how to educate your legislators by watching this short video from The Arc of Grays Harbor called Getting Your Voice Heard and Making a Difference

  • Tell Congress to include the disability community in Covid-19 relief. 

Legal Help:

 Other Information:

 If you're reading this because a colleague forwarded it to you and you found it interesting, please provide your email address so we can get you on our list. To sign up for our Parent to Parent newsletter, click HERE.


Have a great week! Stay sane and safe!

 

Jeff Meeks
Executive Director
The Arc of Grays Harbor
360.537.7000