The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
June 9, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Funds still available for Family Support
  • Medicaid Personal Care Training
  • Southeastern Washington Autism Conference
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Funds still available for Family Support

    The Individual and Family Services (IFS) Act provides funds that support families to keep their family member safe and at home.

    IFS can assist families in care giving roles, reduce the risk of families going into crisis, and help their loved ones live safer, healthier lives.

    Funds can be used for extra therapies, home and vehicle modifications, respite care, counseling, excess medical costs and co-pays, and other costs.

    If you are providing support to a family member with a developmental disability and are interested in receiving support services, please contact your DDD Case Resource Manager.

    Region 3 Headquarters:
    toll free 800-788-2053; TTY: 425/339-4850
    Bellingham Outstation:
    toll free 800-239-8285
    360-714-5000; TTY: 360-714-5002
    Mt. Vernon Outstation:
    toll free 800-491-5266
    360-416-7261; TTY: 360-416-7270
    Oak Harbor Outstation:
    toll free 877-890-2631 or 360-240-4729

    Medicaid Personal Care Training

    Everything you Need to Know

    Learn about guardianships, Medicaid, Social Security, Special Needs Trusts, and how the System works.

    Free training
    Registration required

    Contact Bean at 1-888-754-8798

    July 12
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    Bellingham, WA

    Southeastern Washington Autism Conference

    Keynote Speakers:
    Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
    Paula Kluth, Ph.D.

    Many informative breakout sessions and presentations scheduled.

    A limited number of scholarships are available.
    For information contact Patty Gee,
    Autism Society of Washington (ASW)
    president at 360-754-2584
    Or Angela Dawson, ASW Office Assistant,
    at 888-ASW 4 YOU

    Presented By:
    The Neurological Resource Center
    Kadlec Foundation
    Carson Kolzig Foundation

    Thursday, - Friday
    July 31- August 1
    Conference will be held at the
    Three Rivers Convention Center
    Kennewick, WA


    Open Conference call on National Housing Trust Fund updates

    National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) President Sheila Crowley will discuss the latest developments in the efforts to establish a National Housing Trust Fund.

    In particular, she will address the differences between recent senate legislation that included language establishing and funding a Housing Trust Fund and the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act, S 2523 introduced in the Senate on Dec. 19, 2007.

    The goal of the National Housing Trust Fund Campaign is to establish a dedicated source of revenue that will produce, rehabilitate, and preserve 1,500,000 units of housing over the next 10 years.

    If you have questions, please contact the
    Outreach Team at or 202-662-1530 x 314.

    Conference call:
    Tuesday, June 10
    1:00 p.m. EDT (10:00 a.m. PDT)
    The toll-free number is 1-866-878-4191
    The code is 967 1875

    Thanks for reading...

    Upcoming Events
    Community Conversation: Birth to Three Services

    Community Conversation on 4-29-08:
    Birth to Three Services

    Safety Awareness Group:
    Knowing Your Boundaries

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

    Care Giver Support
    Learn Self-Nurturing Techniques

    Noon-1:30 p.m.
    Weekly Group Meetings for parents and other family members who are primary care providers
    Facilitated by John Davies
    and Jan Jung
    203 W. Holly St.
    Bellingham, WA
    No fees
    To register call 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 21
    Soap Making Class

    10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    Bellingham, WA
    Registration ends June 18
    To Register: call
    360-715-0170 X 302

    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

    June 25
    "Right to Risk"

    7:00 p.m.
    American Museum of
    Radio and Electricity
    1312 Bay St.
    Documentary featuring adults with disabilities rafting through the Grand Canyon.
    Questions or special accommodations,
    Contact Jamie Crawford at
    or 360-224-7541.

    July 19
    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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