The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
May 12, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Job and Task Analysis
  • "Beyond Labels: Identifying and Treating
  • Advocate to Change Insurance Laws
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Job and Task Analysis

    TRAINING OPPORTUNITY on Job and Task Analysis for individuals with Developmental Disabilities

    May 27th
    1:00 pm
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    Bellingham, WA

    Please join us!
    Instructor is Monica Meyer from WISE

    This Developmental Disabilities Round Table
    is designed to provide a forum for information and discussion
    for educators, vocational and residential providers and interested others serving individuals with developmental disabilities.

    For more information please contact :
    Jessica Lee
    Program Specialist, Developmental Disabilities
    Whatcom County Health dept.
    (360) 676-6724 ext. 32014
    Fax (360) 676-7646

    "Beyond Labels: Identifying and Treating

    Antioch University Presents
    National Award-Winning Educator and Author

    May 14, 2008
    6-8 pm FREE

    Have you encountered a child or adult whose behavior has left you wondering what to do next?

    You'll learn how challenging behaviors and struggles can be seen as clues that reveal specific, often treatable body-system issues.

    Learn to identify and address the root causes of a wide range of learning and behavior issues and help "extraordinary people of all ages do ordinary things."

    Antioch University Seattle
    Denny Bldg., Room 250 C
    2326 6th Ave., Seattle

    RSVP: Pre-registration requested206-204- 6000 or

    Advocate to Change Insurance Laws

    Autism Speaks, together with other advocacy groups, is working to change state insurance laws

    This change would mean private health insurance would be required to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders for individuals under the age of 21.

    See the proposed bill as well as a contact information for your legislators on their advocacy page.

    The documents can be used to help you communicate with your legislators.


    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.

    Thanks for reading...

    Upcoming Events

    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 Ferndale Contact: Kristy at 360-715-0170 X 307

    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 26
    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

    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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