The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
August 25, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Priorities for the 2009 Legislative session
  • "Hunger Doesn't Take a Holiday" Food Drive
  • Autism Society of Washington
  • Interagency Coordinating Council
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Priorities for the 2009 Legislative session

    Parent Coalition priorities are being established for the 2009 Legislative session

    The statewide Parent Coalitions are starting to compile their priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

    The following list has been suggested.
    They are listed in no particular order of importance.

    • Increased Casemanager FTE's to implement and administer programs
    • Adding HS Graduates to Basic Waiver
    • Infant Toddler Equity Act
    • DD Land Trust
    • Close an RHC
    • Insurance coverage for Autism
    • Funding for Life Opportunities Trust
    • Neurodevelopmental Therapies
    • Adding siblings/grandparents who are primary care providers to Individual and Family Services program

    What are your concerns?
    What would you like to see the Parent Coalition of Whatcom County focus on?
    Are there issues that concern you that are not on this list?

    Contact the Parent Coalition at
    360-715-0170 X 306 or 304

    "Hunger Doesn't Take a Holiday" Food Drive

    Youth Self Advocacy Group sponsors food drive as community service project

    The Youth Self Advocacy group will have a food drive throughout the fall.

    They will accept non-perishable food donations at The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center.

    They will also have tables at two upcoming community events where they will accept donations.

    The Chris Burke Inclusion Concert
    September 23
    7:00 p.m.
    Syre Theatre
    Whatcom Community College

    The Buddy Walk
    October 4
    11:00 a.m.
    Maritime Heritage Park

    Join the effort,
    Share with others in our community,
    Support the youth's endeavor to make a difference!

    For information about the
    Concert and the Buddy Walk
    Contact Kristy at 360-715-0170 X 307

    For more information about the Youth Self Advocacy group or the food drive:
    Contact Maureen at 360-715-0170 X 302 or
    Carol at 306-715-0170 X 304

    Autism Society of Washington

    Would a Local Chapter benefit you and your family?

    Are you interested in being part of a
    local chapter of the
    Autism Society of Washington?

    Contact Maureen at
    360-715-0170 X 302

    Interagency Coordinating Council

    Special Meeting September 9

    The Whatcom County Interagency Coordinating Council is a coalition of community agencies and service providers to promote improved access to health and developmental services for infants and young children with special needs.

    Professionals and parents meet regularly to promote early identification and intervention services and improved coordination of services for children with medical and/or developmental disabilities.

    Families are encouraged to become active members of this organization.

    Thanks for reading...

    Upcoming Events
    Youth Self Advocacy Group

    Youth Self-Advocacy Group

    Knowing Your
    Personal Boundaries~
    Safety Awareness

    4:00-5:30 p.m.
    Register now
    Groups now forming for
    weekly sessions that will
    begin in September!
    Here is an opportunity to learn all about personal safety and awareness.
    Presented by
    John Davis and Jan Jung
    Husband and Wife Team
    Mental Health Counselors
    203 W. Holly St.
    Bellingham, WA
    Registration required
    please call 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 Davis and Jan Jung
    Mental Health Counselors
    203 W. Holly St.
    Bellingham, WA
    No fees
    Registration required, please call
    360-715-0170 X 302

    September 1
    Labor Day

    The Arc of Whatcom County offices will be closed.
    We will reopen September 2 at 9:00 a.m.

    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

    September 8
    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

    September 12-14
    People First of Washington
    2008 Convention

    Holiday Inn
    3105 Pine St.
    Everett For information and registration call:

    September 22
    Whatcom County
    Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board

    4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
    St Lukes Helath Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Pkwy
    Information contact: Jessica
    360-676-6724 X 32014

    September 23
    Inclusion Concert Celebration

    Chris Burke with
    Joe and John DiMasi
    7:00 p.m.
    Syre Theatre
    Whatcom Community College For information contact:
    Kristy at 360-715-0174 X 307

    September 24-26
    Valued Lives Conference

    Keynote speaker: Chris Burke and
    Featured presenter: Rachel Simon
    Yakima Convention Center Registration Information: 590-966-1998 or

    October 2
    Annual Region 3
    Supported Employment Conference

    Creating Connections
    Warm Beach Conference Center
    More details coming soon.

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