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Island County Parent to Parent provides support and resources to families that care for a child/adult with disabilities and/or special healthcare needs.

Island County ResourceTransition Fair will be in-person again. October 11, 2022 at Coupeville High School. Explore resources, services, support, post-high school opportunities and future planning. Dinner included 2022 October 11 Resource Transition Fair

Questions? contact Mike Etzell mikeet@islandcountywa.gov (360)678-7883. 

Want to learn more about Special Education? We have several presentations with WA PAVE this fall. RSVP today to receive Zoom Link.

September 20 - Behavior Plans and Assessments  To Register and Receive Zoom Link

October 18 - Special Education Basics  To Register and Receive Zoom Link

November 15 - High School Tools for Transition: Registration link will be added soon.

2022 Fall Special Education Presentations Flyer 

Upcoming Events:

*September 18th Picnic in the Park at Camano Park, Camano Island Noon-1:30pm

*Ocotober 11th Transition Resource Fair at Coupeville High School 5-7pm

*October 30th Halloween Dance Party at Coupeville Rec Hall 2022 Halloween Dance Party Flyer

Tiffany Wheeler-Thompson, Parent to Parent Coordinator, is fully available to connect via call/tex                  (360)632-7539 email: t.wheeler-thompson@islandcountywa.gov and Facebook Page


If you would like a hard copy of any of these resource guides or a "Parent to Parent Resource Toolkit" send us an email with your name, address and what you would like to be sent.  t.wheeler-thompson@islandcountywa.gov 

2022 Disability Resource Guide

2022 Disability Resource Guide Spanish

2022 ASD Resource Guide

2022 ASD Resource Guide Spanish

2022 Behavioral Health Resource Directory

2022 Espanol Resource Guide

2022 Transition In Depth

2022 BH Resource Brochure ACC

Island County Autism Spectrum Disorder website: www.pilotace.org

What is Parent to Parent?  How Can Parent to Parent help?

Parent to Parent 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 and stages. 


We walk alongside those parenting children with developmental disabilities and/or special health care needs, connecting them with peer support and information so they can take the next step.


All families of children with developmental disabilities and/or special health care needs deserve encouragement, inclusion, and meaningful connections that support family well-being.

Parent to Parent No Cost Services:

· Support

· Resources

· Newsletters

· Support Meetings

· Educational Workshops

· Social/Recreational Events

· Presentations in our Community

 Various Island County Disability Resource Guides are available, see links below. If you would like a copy mailed to you, reach out to the contact information above with your name and mailing address.

  • Matching parents in one-to-one relationships with trained, experienced parents, based on similar diagnoses and family issues
  • Comprehensive Disability Resource Guide 
  • Information and education about disabilities, challenges 
  • Educational workshops including IEPs & 504 Plans, Guardianship & Special Needs Trusts, Behavior Workshops, etc.
  • Monthly Newsletter via mail and email
  • Robust Facebook Page with supports, resources, events, training, workshops, etc.
  • Culturally relevant services through ethnic outreach
  • Training for parents who want to become Helping Parent peer mentor volunteers

I am a stranger to you now, let me walk with you for a while. Because I have been where you are, and where you are about to go.  I have no answers.  I offer my hand, my heart, my listening ear, my time, and my experience instead…. So that one day, you can turn to another and say:

I am a stranger to you now…."

By Alice, New Hampshire Parent

Parents Helping Parents.

Join us every Monday 11am-Noon during our Virtual Office Hours. Pop in, ask questions, find resources, seek support, etc. We are here, you are not alone. Send us an email to receive Zoom link.

Join us on the second Wednesday of every month for Virtual Coffee and Conversations. Daytime 11 am-noon and nighttime 6 pm-7 pm options are offered. Coffee and Conversations is a monthly virtual support group offered via zoom for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities. Parents and caregivers of children of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend. No agenda, no speakers, just a time to connect, and share ideas and resources. Grab your favorite beverage and we will provide the opportunity to stay connected. 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, meet others in our community that is on a similar journey or uses it as self-care to take a quick break from it all. To receive the zoom link, email t.wheeler-thompson@islandcountywa.gov or call/text (360)632-7539

Parent to Parent Newsletters:

2022 October Newsletter Special Education presentations, Transition Resource Fair, DS Awareness Month

2022 September Newsletter Fall Special Education Presentations, Back to School Anxiety

2022 August Newsletter Summer time play dates, Upcoming Special Education presentations, Island Transit

2022 July Newsletter  Summer Play Time Dates, Sibshop, Military Family Resources, Sensory Swim updated                                             time 5-5:45pm

2022 June Newsletter Summer time Play Dates, Sibling Resources, M Bar C Ranch

2022 May Newsletter Sensory friendly opportunities, Behavioral Health, Free/Reduced supplies

2022 April Newsletter ASD month, events, stats , etc. 

2022 March Newsletter. Safe In-Home, Dating & Puberty, Transition, Summer Camps

2022 February Newsletter- Benefits U, ID/DD License designation, Invest Program

2022 January Newsletter- What is bullying?, Learning and Thinking Differences, Dental Tips

2021 December Newsletter- Holiday sensory tips, Lifeline communications, Supported Decision Making

2021 November Newsletter - Thanksgiving strategies and activities, SSDI vs SSI, Special Needs Trusts

2021 October Newsletter - Disability discounts, DDA Home and Community based waiver funding, Special Ed

2021 September Newsletter - Anxiety, Positive behavior interventions, back to school

2021 August Newsletter - Accessibility Committee, Back to school stress, Executive function

2021 July Newsletter - Summer & sensory activities, Island County Autism Resource Website  www.pilotace.org

2021 June Newsletter - Father's Network, bigger picture/government programs, Coping with COVID

2021 May Newsletter - Causes of behaviors, Community Homes

2021 April Newsletter - Transition and Adult healthcare, ASD data and resources

2020 March Newsletter - Special Education myths, puberty, resources

2021 February Newsletter - Disability discounts/passes, Father's Network, Tantrums and Meltdowns

2021 January Newsletter - Parent to Parent, Pandemic, Executive Function, Autism Response Team & Big Red Box

To contact Tiffany Wheeler-Thompson, the Parent to Parent Coordinator                                                        Call/Text (425)343-5799   Email: t.wheeler-thompson@islandcountywa.gov  

Island County Human Services, Parent to Parent

PO Box 5000  Coupeville, WA  98239

Spanish Outreach: Laiza Ramos (787)529-6788  

Parent to Parent Support Programs of Washington State is a member of the Parent to Parent USA Alliance.  Washington State Parent to Parent (P2P) maintains confidentiality and does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, creed, sex, or national origin.