Walla Walla Valley Disability Network was incorporated in 2014 by founders Carla L. Nibler, Angela Beam and Cynthia E. Knight as a 501(c)3 nonprofit to continue the Parent to Parent (P2P) program. As the sponsoring agency for Parent to Parent (P2P), WWVDN helps families from the birth of their child with a disability throughout their lifespan.
P2P is a national program administered by the ARC of Washington and the WW County Department of Community Health, and provides emotional support and information for families of children and adults with special needs through trained volunteer Helping Parents. Parent to Parent has been active in Walla Walla since 1991. All of our programs are offered in English (P2P Coordinator) and Spanish (Hispanic Outreach Coordinator) with monthly support meetings to reach families who may be having a difficult time adjusting to the demands of a diagnosis. P2P also assists families in navigating government services, the education system, and many diagnostic and medical facilities. Additional services for parents to prepare their young adult for future employment and independence guide our trainings, workshops and community inclusion activities such as recreation and social opportunities.
In 2022 WWVDN added the SOAR (Social Opportunities And Recreation) program to provide social and recreational opportunities for individuals age 13 and over and increase their independence and social skills.
Walla Walla Valley Disability Network’s (WWVDN) mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families through community inclusion and support. WWVDN achieves this mission through a variety of program offerings, trainings, collaborations and volunteer service to reach local residents with developmental disabilities and those that love them.