The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
September 21, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Drama Class!
  • ~ Scholarships for Participants with Disabilities ~
  • Autism Outreach Project
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Drama Class!

    Do you like plays, costumes, acting and dancing?

    Join the drama classes,
    practice your talents,
    improve your skills
    have lots of fun!

    6 weeks of classes and fun
    1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
    October 12 through November 16.

    Registration is required as space is limited. For registration information call 360-715-0170 X 302

    Held at The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    Bellingham , WA

    Sponsored by the Bellingham Theater Guild
    Western Washington University
    The Arc of Whatcom County

    ~ Scholarships for Participants with Disabilities ~

    National Conference on
    Disability Inclusion and National Service:
    Acting Today to Shape the Future

    October 16-18, 2008
    Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
    Alexandria VA

    The National Service Inclusion Project has available a number of (up to) $1000 scholarships for individuals with disabilities who wish to attend the National Conference on Disability Inclusion and National Service: Acting Today to Shape the Future.

    This conference is designed to bring together members from the national service network and the disability community to focus on issues related to actively engaging people with disabilities in national service and community volunteerism.

    If you are an individual with a disability or would like to recommend someone that would benefit from attending this conference, please forward name(s) along with contact information and a brief justification to by October 8, 2008.

    Scholarships are available on a first come first served basis and are reimbursable upon submission of required documentation.

    You may also contact NSIP at 1-888-491-0326 (voice/TTY) or NSIP@UMB.EDU

    Autism Outreach Project

    New Training Schedule released

    The Autism Outreach Project provides education, training and resources for the families of children who have autism and for schools and other agencies that provide services to the families.

    They have trainings throughout the year on autism. Many of the trainings are located in Anacortes at the ESD 189 office and may be access via videoconference at other locations.

    They also have a lending library with many books, DVDs, videos and curriculum materials that cover information across the autism spectrum span. Requests for materials may be made by contacting them at 1-888-704-9633 or
    email to

    Thanks for reading...

    Upcoming Events
    Drama class May 2008

    Drama Class in May 2008

    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, PhD
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    and Jan Jung, MSW
    Licensed Mental Health Counselor
    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, PhD
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    and Jan Jung, MSW
    Licensed Mental Health Counselor
    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

    September 29
    DD Round Table
    Open Forum Discussion:
    Developing positive behavioral supports

    3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
    Guest facilitator: Kristin Ihrig,
    DDD Staff psychologist
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Pkwy.
    Bellingham, WA
    Information contact:
    Jessica at 360-676-6724 X 32014

    October 2
    18th Annual Region 3
    Supported Employment Conference

    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Warm Springs Conference Center
    20800 Marine Dr. NW
    Stanwood, WA
    For information contact:
    Lynn Van Vactor: or 425-774-3338
    Phil McConnell:
    Rob Martin:

    October 4
    5th Annual Whatcom County Buddy Walk

    11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Maritime Heritage Park
    Holly Street
    For information contact Kristy at
    360-715-0170 X 307

    October 4
    Youth Self Advocacy Group
    The October meeting will be at the Buddy Walk
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 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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