Leadership Development & Training Coordinator Position Announcement

A full-time position, Leadership Development & Training Coordinator is open at PAVE and seeks candidates with strong facilitation and collaboration skills with experience in providing training and organizing community events. This position will encourage and partner with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families from isolated communities and diverse ethnic backgrounds across Pierce County for Read More

Parent to Parent (P2P) Specialist Job Announcement

Parent to Parent (P2P) Specialist Job Announcement A part-time (average of 20 hours/week) P2P Specialist position, a new role to the team, is now open! Are you a natural connector with those you know to resources and information, organized, possess data/technology skills and want to be part of an outcome-driven team? PAVE’s Parent to Parent Read More

Self-Care is Critical for Caregivers with Unique Challenges

Consider that 20 percent of the population has a disability. That’s one-fifth of all people who need extra support! Caregivers for those high-needs individuals may experience compassion fatigue and stress at high levels. National Geographic’s film, Stress, Portrait of a Killer, provides an overview of the risks and includes a story of parents who care Read More

Links for Parent & Family

Arc of Washington – A statewide website with county support, resources and information focused on intellectual and developmental disability.  Look here to find your local Parent to Parent (P2P) support!  Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) – Where to apply for respite, in home care and other state services when there is a qualifying disability Department of Children Youth and Read More

Washington State Offers a New Option for Employment and Housing Support

Employment and housing can be critical to good health, and the State of Washington has recognized that more supports are needed in these key areas. In January 2018, the state launched a new program to support individuals with complex care needs because of physical or mental impairments by helping them to find and keep jobs and homes.  The pilot project provides housing and employment supports to individuals who Read More

When will my Student Graduate?

Dear Reader, There seems to be some confusion about “When will my student graduate?”  Here’s an attempt to clarify some questions and make the transition to adult life a little easier. First, there is a difference between “Graduation” and “Exiting” the public school system.  Graduation includes walking with your classmates while wearing a cap and Read More

Guardianship Part 2 of 3 Alternatives to Guardianship & Supported Decision Making

RECAP: Guardianship, utilized when a person can no longer make or communicate safe or sound decisions about his/her person and/or property or has become susceptible to fraud or undue influence. Because establishing a guardianship may remove considerable rights from an individual, it should only be considered after alternatives to guardianship have proven ineffective or are Read More

Self-Advocacy: Becoming an Active Member in Your Community

If you have ever stood up and defended the rights of yourself or others you were acting as an advocate. Self-advocacy means taking the responsibility for telling others what you need and want in a respectful and direct way.   Anyone can be a self-advocate and while speaking up for you or someone else can make you feel Read More