The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
September 15, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • DD Round Table - September 29
  • Social Thinking Workshops
  • Vocational Agency Fair
  • Be Informed
  • Thanks for reading...

  • DD Round Table - September 29

    Developing positive behavior supports and working with challenging behaviors

    An open forum discussion facilitated by DDD staff psychologist, Kristin Ihrig.

    Discussion topics will include the DDD Positive Behavior support policies.

    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Way
    Bellingham, WA


    Sponsored by the Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities program.

    Social Thinking Workshops

    with Michelle Garcia Winner and Carol Gray

    These workshops will be copresented by
    Michelle Garcia Winner-
    speech-language pathologist, international speaker, and author specializing in social cognitive challenges;
    and Carol Gray
    director of the Gray Center for Social Learning &
    Understanding and author of Social Stories.

    Day One:
    Social Discovery and Discovering Social Strategies
    Day Two:
    Thinking about Teaching and Teaching Thinking!

    See the Social Thinking website for additional information or call (408) 557-8579 ext 303.

    October 1-2, 2008
    Shoreline, Washington

    Vocational Agency Fair

    Meet the vocational providers in one place!

    Bring your questions and interview the different adult service providers.

    These are the agencies who will be providing services for young people transitioning out school.

    Everyone is welcome!

    For more information contact
    Jessica at 360-676-6724 X 32014

    Be Informed

    Learn about Initiative 1029

    On the ballot this November will be the "care- giver" Initiative- 1029.

    This initiative, promoted by the Service Employees International Union, will establish training requirements for long term care providers.

    Individual providers who provide care only for their own family members and people who provide care less than 20 hours per month will be exempt from the new training requirements.

    If passed the requirements will go into effect Jan. 1, 2010.

    For information opposing Initiative 1029, go to:

    For information supporting Initiative 1029 go to:

    Thanks for reading...

    Upcoming Events
    The Self- Advocacy Group gathering apples for the Food Bank

    Youth Self Advocacy group
    gathering apples for the Food Bank.

    Knowing Your
    Personal Boundaries~
    Safety Awareness

    4:00-5:30 p.m.
    Register now
    Groups now forming for sessions
    that will begin this month!
    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 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
    18th Annual Region 3
    Supported Employment Conference

    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Warm Springs Conference Center
    Stanwood, WA
    Conference stipends and free transportation available
    Sign up on Registration form.
    Registration deadline is Sept. 15
    Information contact:
    Lynn at 425-744-3338 or

    October 4
    Youth Self Advocacy Group
    The October meeting will be at the Buddy Walk
    11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Maritime Heritage Park
    Bellingham, WA
    Contact: Maureen at
    360-715-0170 X 302

    October 13
    Parent to Parent Support Meeting

    Topic: School Issues
    Guest Speaker: Beverly Porter
    7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    2001 H Street
    Contact: Christine at
    360-255-2056 ext. 1
    Childcare available,
    please call ahead

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