The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
May 5, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spring Fling!
  • Washington Autism Insurance
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  • Spring Fling!

    Down syndrome Outreach of Whatcom County invites you to the SPRING FLING POTLUCK

    Spring has arrived and that means our annual Spring Fling Potluck is here!
    Join us at Hovander Park on May 17th.

    Meals are coordinated by your last name.
    Please see below for the treat you should bring.
    A through H - Casseroles and/or Sandwiches
    I through P - Cookies, Cakes, and/or other dessert item
    Q through Z - Salads and/or Fruit
    Down syndrome Outreach will provide bottled waters, plates, utensils, and cups.

    Bring your favorite treat and good cheer as we get together on a hopefully sunny day.

    Bubbles, goody bags, and face-painting will be available for kids, young and old.

    May 17
    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Hovander Park in Ferndale
    (Main Picnic Shelter)

    This is one of our favorite events of the year.
    We look forward to seeing you!
    For more information, call
    Down syndrome Outreach at
    360-715-0170 x 307

    Washington Autism Insurance

    Autism is Treatable -
    Insurance should cover the treatment

    Autism Speaks, together with other advocacy groups, is working to change state insurance laws to require private health insurance policies to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders for individuals under the age of 21.

    For more information about autism and about the initiative, follow the link below.


    New Section 811 Supportive Housing Legislation is introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives

    Critical permanent supportive housing legislation - the "Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2008" (HR 5772) was introduced on April 10.
    This ground-breaking legislation proposes significant changes and improvements to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program.

    Section 811 is the only federal housing program solely dedicated to assisting the lowest income people with serious and long-term disabilities to live independently in the community by providing integrated affordable and accessible rental housing linked with voluntary services and supports.

    To find your senators' and representative's phone numbers, you may use a searchable online congressional directory or call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202)224-3121 and ask for your senators' and/or representative's office.

    Remember that telephone calls are usually taken by a staff member, not the member of Congress. Ask to speak with the aide who handles the issue about which you wish to comment.

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    Upcoming Events
    At the Spring Fling 2007

    Safety Awareness Group:
    Knowing Your Boundaries

    18 Yrs. and Older
    The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    Bellingham, WA
    Contact: Maureen at
    360-715-0170 X 302

    May 12
    Parent to Parent Support Meeting

    7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    Guest Speaker: Amanda Grove
    2001 H Street
    Contact: Christine at
    360-255-2056 ext. 1
    Childcare available, please call ahead

    May 17
    DsO Spring Fling

    11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Hovander Park
    Contact: Kristy at
    360-715-0170 X 307

    May 19
    Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board
    4:30-6:00 p.m.
    3333 Squalicum Pkwy.
    Bellingham, WA

    Information Contact: Jessica at
    360-676-6724 X 32014

    May 22
    Reducing the Risk of Sexual Abuse in People with
    Developmental Disabilities

    9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Region 4 Division of
    Developmental Disabilities
    1700 Cherry St., Seattle WA
    To register contact Martha Gluck at

    May 28
    The Arc's Annual Membership Meeting
    and Pizza Party

    5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    Bellingham, WA
    Contact: Dana at
    360-715-0170 X 305

    June 7
    Youth Self Advocacy Group
    10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    Bellingham, WA
    Contact: Maureen at
    360-715-0170 X 302

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