The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
June 2, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • "Including Samuel"
  • Webcast of Autism Conference
  • "Right to Risk"
  • Stakeholder Meeting for Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program Services
  • Thanks for reading...

  • "Including Samuel"

    Join us for the documentary and a group discussion.

    Documentary film by photojournalist Dan Habib

    The film describes the efforts of the Habib family to include their son Samuel, 7, in all facets of school and community.

    Examines the educational and social inclusion of youth with disabilities as a civil rights issue.

    Beautifully made, thought provoking film.

    Down syndrome Outreach
    360-715-0170 X 307

    June 5
    6:00 p.m.
    The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    Bellingham, Wa

    Webcast of Autism Conference

    Dr. Tony Attwood and Dr. Temple Grandin seen and heard together for the first time in over 10 years!

    Hear presentations that will improve the lives of those with autism or Asperger's and those who care for them:

    Temple Grandin will speak from her new book, "The Way I See It: A personal look at Autism and Asperger's".

    Tony Attwood will address emotional management, Asperger's and girls, a child's reaction to being different and much more.

    Live from Dixon, Illinois,
    July 17 and 18

    CALL 800-489-0727 or

    "Right to Risk"

    Rafting in the Grand Canyon

    Join us for a showing of
    "The Right to Risk."

    This documentary features a group of adults with disabilities as they take a 15 day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon.

    Bring your family, your friends, and anyone who would like to learn more about making the outdoors accessible to all!

    Hosted by Service Alternatives for WA, Inc.

    June 25 at
    7 PM
    American Museum of Radio and Electricity
    1312 Bay St

    Have questions or need special accommodations?
    Contact Jamie Crawford at
    360-224-7541 or

    Stakeholder Meeting for Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program Services

    Hold the Date
    Share your input

    The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has been directed by the Legislature to produce a report to Office of Financial Management on birth to three services.

    DDD is asking representatives from ITEIP stakeholder groups:
    school districts, counties, parents, and other interested parties to:

    • attend a community forum
    • discuss the draft report findings
    • give advise
    • help shape the final report

    The meetings will be held around the state for ease of travel and a diverse statewide perspective.
    Meetings are scheduled for:
    July 15 - Spokane
    July 16 - Seattle
    July 17 - Vancouver

    For general information call
    Gaye Jensen, DDD Project Lead
    at 360-725-3419 or
    Sandy Loerch Morris, ITEIP Program Director
    360-725-3516 or

    For registration:
    Linda Jennings at
    360-725-3514 or

    Thanks for reading...

    Upcoming Events
    Inclusion advocate Terri at The Arc's Annual Meeting

    Inclusion Advocate, Terri, at The Arc's Annual Meeting

    Safety Awareness Group:
    Knowing Your Boundaries

    18 Yrs. and Older
    Contact: Maureen at
    360-715-0170 X 302

    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 starts at 9:00 a.m.
    The "Race" begins at 10:00 a.m.
    Maritime Heritage Park
    Ends with picnic lunch, music and family fair
    For information about The Arc's
    Race for Rights Team
    in the Human Race
    contact Amy at 360-715-0171 X 309

    June 18, 19, 20
    Ellensburg Employment Conference

    Become involved in
    Employment Opportunities!
    Conference will be held at
    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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