The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
August 4, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Do you want to make a difference?
  • Economic Stimulus Checks
  • Public Policy Fellowship
  • People First 2008 Convention
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Do you want to make a difference?

    Ready to be a more effective advocate?
    Our leadership program might be perfect for you!

    The Arc of Whatcom County's Parent Coalition is now accepting applications for the 2008-2009 Local Leadership Development Program.

    This is an amazing opportunity to become a better advocate for yourself, a family member, and other people with developmental disabilities.

    Through interactive workshops, you will

    • Develop advocacy, leadership and communication skills
    • Learn about the disability movement
    • Understand current legislation that impacts your family.

    We invite you to join us for this training and develop skills that turn your experience into action.

    For an application or more information,
    please contact
    Amy McKinley, Leadership Grant Coordinator
    at 360-715-0170 ext. 309 or

    We look forward to working with you!

    Economic Stimulus Checks

    There are over 116,000 Adults with Disabilities, Seniors and Veterans, in Washington State who have yet to claim their IRS checks.

    It is estimated that many of these individuals are living in residential facilities or they are not aware that they are eligible.

    Recipients must file a form for 2007 even if they do not usually file taxes.

    The deadline is October 15 to file a tax form with the IRS.

    Public Policy Fellowship

    Advocacy training in Washington D.C.

    Parents or family members of people with developmental or intellectual disabilities can now apply for an exciting one-year Public Policy Fellowship in Washington D.C.

    The individual must have excellent leadership skills and be actively working in some way towards the enhancement of inclusive services and supports for people with disabilities.

    The goal of the fellowship, which is sponsored by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, is to prepare emerging family advocates for leadership in the area of public policy, both in their home state and nationally.

    The application deadline is August 15, 2008.

    People First 2008 Convention

    Statewide convention with speakers, awards and shared information

    September 12 - 14, 2008

    Holiday Inn Hotel
    3105 Pine Street
    Everett, WA

    For more information call: 1-800-758-1123

    Thanks for reading...

    Upcoming Events
    Celebrating a birthday and honoring supported employment

    Celebrating a birthday and
    Honoring supported employment

    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 Davis and Jan Jung
    Mental Health Counselors
    203 W. Holly St.
    Bellingham, WA
    No fees
    Registration required, please call
    360-715-0170 X 302

    August 9
    8th Annual Autism Day
    at Jubilee Farm

    11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    229 West Snoqualmie River Rd. NE
    Carnation, WA
    For information go to:

    August 11
    Parent to Parent Support Meeting

    7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    2001 H Street
    Contact: Christine at
    360-255-2056 ext. 1
    Childcare available,
    please call ahead

    August 16
    Parent to Parent Sibshop

    Pottery Painting at Creativitea
    3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Ages 8 - 13
    Contact: Christine at 255-2056 X 1
    RSVP by Aug. 14

    August 17
    Down syndrome Outreach
    Family Support
    Waterslides Event

    10:00 a.m.
    Birch Bay Waterslides
    4874 Birch Bay Lynden Rd
    Blaine, WA
    RSVP by August 5
    Contact Kristy at 360-715-0170 x 307

    August 23
    DsO Movie Night
    "March of the Penguins"

    6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    For information contact
    Kristy at 715-0170 X 307
    Everyone is welcome!

    September 6
    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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