The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
May 26, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Fathers Network Annual Campout- Fathers Day Weekend!
  • Online Autism Survey
  • Asperger Support Network
  • Hunger Highlight #3
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Fathers Network Annual Campout- Fathers Day Weekend!

    25th Annual Fathers Network Campout June 13, 14, 15,

    In beautiful Washington Park, just outside Anacortes, Washington
    This event is open to all families who have children with special needs. Family friends are also welcome, as we know some of these friendships are very special in the lives of our children, and ourselves.

    It is located on Puget Sound, so the water and island views are stunning!

    Washington Park is really a gem of a place, with cool activities for all kinds of kid even the big kids, like moms and dads!

    We will post some signs indicating our camping area.
    Please park cars in the regular parking lot.
    Come on up, and join the fun!

    Call Greg Schell at 425-653-4286 (Kindering Center) with any questions.

    Online Autism Survey

    For parents of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Western Washington University graduate student, Melanie Mack invites parents to volunteer for an online research Survey.

    Give your opinion on the causes of Autism and the information sources and treatments you prefer.

    Confidential survey take s about 20 minutes to complete.

    Asperger Support Network

    Resources related to living life with Asperger's Syndrome in Seattle, the Puget Sound, and Washington State

    Living with Asperger's Syndrome and related conditions can be very stressful and you may feel like you are the only person in the world facing these issues.

    At this site, you will find that many resources exist that have been helpful to others in your situation.

    There are also many ways to connect with others who understand.

    Hunger Highlight #3

    Gardening for Good

    Many local agencies are currently working to grow fresh food for hungry people in our community.

    The Bellingham Food Bank operates a farm located off the Guide Meridian.

    Ferndale has a Community Garden.
    The food is distributed to food banks and hot meal programs throughout Whatcom County.

    The Victory Garden project brings any unwanted vegetables from your garden to the food bank.
    Turn your garden into a Victory Garden and share your produce.

    Plant an extra row in your garden, no matter the size, to help feed the hungry in your community.

    Drop any produce off at the Bellingham Food Bank Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30
    or Contact Mike Cohen at or 676-0392

    Thanks for reading...

    Upcoming Events
    Human Race June 2007

    2007 Human Race in the rain!
    Join the Race for Rights Team
    and bring out the Sun!

    Safety Awareness Group:
    Knowing Your Boundaries

    18 Yrs. and Older
    203 W. Holly St.
    Bellingham, WA
    Contact: Maureen at
    360-715-0170 X 302

    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 4
    Learn Care Giver
    Nurturing Techniques
    Weekly meetings

    Wednesdays, Noon-1:30 p.m.
    Facilitated by
    John Davies and Jan Jung
    Husband and wife team of
    Mental Health Counselors
    203 W. Holly St.
    Bellingham, WA
    No fees
    To register call 360-715-0170 X 302

    June 5
    "Including Samuel"
    Premier showing of Dan Habib's
    documentary film on inclusion
    6:00 p.m.
    Followed by discussion session
    The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    RSVP - Down syndrome Outreach
    360-715-0170 X 307

    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 ext. 1
    Childcare available, please call ahead

    June 14
    The Human Race
    5K Walk or 5K/10K run
    Check in at 9:00 a.m.
    The "Race" at 10:00 a.m.
    Maritime Heritage Park
    Ends with picnic lunch, music and family fair
    For information about joining
    The Arc's Race for Rights Team in the Human Race
    Contact: Amy at 360-715-0170 X 309

    June 18, 19, 20
    31st Ellensburg
    Employment Conference

    Become involved in Employment Opportunities
    Central Washington University
    For Registration information contact:
    WISE at
    (Washington Initiative for Supported Employment) or
    Call Wally Tablit at
    206-343-2881 X 117

    June 23
    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

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