The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
May 19, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Public Forum
  • Is Your Child's Ride Safe??
  • Care Giver Support Group
  • Ellensburg Employment Conference
  • The Human Race - Have You Joined?
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Public Forum

    Discuss Independent Living and
    Native American Issues

    Sponsored by the
    State Independent Living Council
    and Lummi Vocational Rehabilitation Program

    ASL Interpreters on site

    For persons with disabilities, family members, and anyone interested in disability services.

    The Forum will:

    • Discuss independent living philosophy and how it might apply to Native American populations
    • Provide information about the State Independent Living Council (SILC)
    • Discuss participant concerns about having a disability and living as independently as possible

    May 22
    5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Northwest Indian College - Log Building
    2522 Kwina Road
    Bellingham, WA 98226

    For more information please contact:
    1. Rob Honan at 360-725-3695, 800-624-4105
    2. Jana Finkbonner at 360-671-7626
    3. Edna Harper at 360-384-7120

    Is Your Child's Ride Safe??

    Free Car Seat Inspection

    95% of the car seats inspected at clinics in Whatcom County needed some adjustment or education to provide maximum safety.

    • Inspection of infant, toddler
      and booster seats
    • Takes about 20 minutes
    • Adjustment of fit: *The child in the car seat and the car seat in the car*
    • Recall information
    • Educational Materials

    Saturday, May 31
    10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    District 2 Fire Station
    4518 Cable Street

    Jean Jenkins, RN
    Whatcom County Health Department
    360-676-6762 X 32107

    Care Giver Support Group

    To start in early June

    A caregiver support group, facilitated by
    Jan Jung, MSW and John Davies, PhD will start meeting in early June.

    Times, dates and location will be announced soon.

    For more information,
    contact Maureen at 360-715-0170 X 302.

    Ellensburg Employment Conference

    31st Annual Employment Conference

    "Entertain the Possibilities"

    • Learn about employment opportunities
    • Network with friends and colleagues
    • 30 breakout sessions with local and nation-wide leaders in the field of employment

    June 18
    Day-long Pre-Conference - W.I.N.
    Work, Independence, Network

    Stipends available through May 30.
    Contact Wally Tablit
    at 206-343-0881 ext. 117

    June 18, 19, 20
    Central Washington University
    Ellensburg Washington

    The Human Race - Have You Joined?

    Sign up for the Race for Rights Team

    Join friends for the Annual Human Race and share a great family event.

    5K Walk or a 5K/10K Run

    Lunch, music and other festivities will follow.

    June 14
    9:00 a.m. - Check-in
    10:00 a.m. - Start
    Maritime Heritage Park

    For more details
    Contact Amy: 360-715-0170 X 309

    Thanks for reading...

    Upcoming Events
    Safety Awareness Group Meeting

    Safety Awareness Group Meeting

    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 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 27
    Task Analysis Training

    1:00-4:30 p.m.
    3333 Squalicum Parkway
    St. Luke's Health Education Center

    The training is free,
    but registration is required.
    To register, contact Vicki McClure at
    360-676-6724 ext. 32243
    Please provide your name, phone number and school district or agency.

    May 28
    The Arc of Whatcom County's
    Annual Membership Meeting

    5:00-7:00 p.m.
    The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    Bellingham, WA
    For information, contact Dana at
    360-714-0170 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

    June 9
    Parent to Parent Support Meeting

    7:00-8:30 p.m.
    Guest Speaker: FACES NW
    Topic: Autism
    2001 H Street
    Contact: Christine at
    360-255-2056 X 1
    Childcare available,
    please call ahead

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