Parent to Parent

What is Parent to Parent? How can they help me & my family?

In a nutshell, Parent to Parent offers support, connections to resources, system navigation and opportunities such as events & trainings to families of children and adults with special needs, delays, disabilities and/or complex medical needs. 

 Free Services Offered:

  • Support for families of children and adults with disabilities/special needs
  • Information & resources to community providers
  • Monthly Newsletter with resources, support and ideas
  • Personal support from another parent, who has a child with similar needs can be helpful. Helping Parents are available. 
  • Educational presentations from system experts.
  • Social and recreational events such as dances, movies & bowling.
  • Island County Disability Resource Guides including Autism & Behavioral Health plus Transition to Adulthood and Ages & Stages. Family Resource Toolkits are available. Links below.  

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Additional Contact Info: 

Tiffany Wheeler-Thompson, Island County Parent to Parent Coordinator

Call/text Tel: 360-632-7539 


Para Espanol: Call or text Spanish Outreach Coordinator Laiza Ramos at 787-529-6788.

What's happening in your area?

Parent to Parent Latest Events Flyer2024 Winter Spring Events.pdf

All events are for all ages, all abilities. Unless otherwise stated All events are subject to change/cancelation, especially outdoor events. 

Follow the Island County Parent-to-Parent Facebook Page for up-to-date information.

Parent to Parent Facebook Page Link

Check out some of the latest events: 

  • Sensory Splash Swim Sunday, March 10th Noon-1:00pm at Oak Harbor Pool    Reduced music and lights, staff aware of sensory issues. Sensory Splash is a swim time dedicated to community members with special needs and their families on Sundays. Admission Price: $6 per person (360)675-7665 
  • Sensory Friendly Family Movie at Oak Harbor Cinemas  Tuesday April, 2nd at 4:00pm      Watch a movie with others that will understand if your kiddo/adult doesn’t sit still, makes some noises, etc. Second screening of  family movie of the day.  Usually around 4pm Movies titles have not been released yet. Oak Harbor Movie Theater. $5 per person
  • Bowling Family Fun! RSVP Required Thursday, April 4th at Oak Bowl                 Great fun for all ages and all abilities. Bring the whole family. $7.50 for 90 minutes and shoe rental.  RSVP the number of bowlers. Register Here!        
  • Spring Fling Hawaiian Dance Party Saturday, April 7th at Noon-2:00pm                Coupeville Rec Hall 901 NW Alexander St, Coupeville. Come out to enjoy some Dancing, Potluck, Arts & Crafts, Face Painting and more. If you are able, please bring a side dish, snack or dessert to share. Dress up Hawaiian or come as you are. Everyone welcome.
  • Autism Awareness & Acceptance BBQ Saturday, April 13th. Noon-2pm                  Fort Nugent Park  Sheltered Picnic Area near Restrooms & Playground 2075 SW Fort Nugent Ave, Oak Harbor We provide the food & entertainment. You bring the whole family & enjoy. Scavenger Hunt, Arts & Crafts, Activities & Goodie Bags 
  • Helping Parent Training: Tuesday, April 16th Virtually 6:00pm-7:00pm Your experience can help others cope and grow. Are you ready to offer support to another parent raising a child with a developmental disability or complex health care need? Training includes: Parent to Parent Services, Helping Parent Role , Grief Process, Communication, How to Support Another Parent Register Here! 

Island County Disability Resource Guides

Ages & Stages Resources

How can Parent to Parent help? We can guide you to community resources, support in a variety of different ways, help with navigating systems, and connections with other families with special needs. All ages, stages and abilities. We may not be therapy, but we sure are therapeutic. We will share knowledge and resources and provide support and guidance. Or, sometimes, you may just want to chat and meet others in our community that is on a similar journey.

Washington State Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)

Special Education Resources

Island County School District Special Education Ages 3-21

US Department of Education: Office of Special Education Programs 800-872-5327
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts. 

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Act of 2004 (IDEA) authorizes formula grants to states and discretionary grants to institutions of higher  education and other non-profit organizations to support research, demonstrations, technical assistance and dissemination, technology and personnel development and parent-training and information centers.

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction – Special Education 360-725-6075. Special Education serves approximately 143,000 eligible students in Washington state. We are here to fulfill the requirements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which ensures that all children with disabilities have access to a free and appropriate public education.                     

Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombudsman 866-297-2597.  Special Education Ombuds (360)725-6075 Email to The role of the Office of the Education Ombudsman is to:

  • Listen to concerns and perspectives  
  • Advocate for consumer access to fair processes.
  • Ensure focus is on positive student outcomes  
  • Resolve complaints through alternative dispute resolution techniques   
  • Collect data, identify trends, and report recommendations to policymakers and elected officials to improve educational access and outcomes for students

Washington PAVE – Partnership for Action. Voices for Empowerment 800-5-PARENT. PAVE is a parent-directed organization that works with families, individuals with disabilities, professionals and community members in all walks of life and with all types of disabilities. Since 1979, PAVE has provided information, training and support for over a million individuals with disabilities, parents and professionals email 

Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy 425-894-7231. WAAA provides access to a support network of families of children on the spectrum who help find providers and school services, as well as personal support. A free online Resource Directory includes statewide autism services of all types with personal recommendations from member families.

Wright’s Law email to Information about special education law, education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Special Education Technology Center 509-963-3350. Assists with special technology needs of special education students.

Special Education Law: Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)   

  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that entitles children to special education services if disability significantly impacts access to education and a specially designed program is needed.
  • IDEA has been federal law since 1990, and key concepts are from the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, passed in 1975. 
  • A primary principle of the IDEA is the right to Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for students eligible for special education services. FAPE rights are also protected by Civil Rights laws, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 

Read the complete article on the Individual with Disabilities Act here.

Help With Insurance

Click the icon below for informational pdf or for more information on healthcare insurance options, please call the Washington State Health Care Authority/ Apple Health: (800)562-3022

Understanding your medical insurance