The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
September 29, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • 5th Annual Buddy Walk of Whatcom County
  • Life Skills
  • Bullying Prevention Awareness
  • Are you registered to vote?
  • Thanks for reading...

  • 5th Annual Buddy Walk of Whatcom County

    October is Down syndrome Awareness Month Join the Celebration this Saturday!

    The Down syndrome Outreach of Whatcom County invites everyone to join the Buddy Walk.

    There will be face painting, games, exhibits, music, balloons, and more!

    There will be friends and family, neighbors and community members.

    Special guests, Mayor Dan Pike and County Executive Pete Kremen, will join community members in promoting the awareness and inclusion for people with Down syndrome.

    Bring friends,
    Make up a team to support educational and inclusion programs,
    Enjoy the walk along Whatcom Creek in the fall!

    Join your Community,
    Raise Awareness,
    Celebrate diversity

    The Youth Self-Advocacy group will continue their food drive and have a table at the Buddy Walk, where you can donate a can of food for the Bellingham Food Bank.

    Saturday October 4
    Registration starts at 11:00 a.m.
    The 1.5 mile walk starts at 12:00 p.m.
    Maritime Heritage Park
    Holly Street Belllingham

    For more information contact
    Kristy at 360-715-0170 X 307

    Life Skills

    Classes with Rick Pribbernow

    Learn useful life skills in an engaging and creative atmosphere.

    For individuals with developmental disabilities age 18 and over and their families.

    October 30 - November 20
    4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Parkway

    Registration required
    For more information contact Vicki at
    360-676-6724 X 33243

    Bullying Prevention Awareness

    Oct. 5 - 11
    The Third Annual National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week

    It takes a community to prevent bullying of children. National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week encourages communities nationwide to work together to increase awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children.

    PACER Center is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth through 21 years old.

    They have been at the forefront of a movement to raise the awareness of bullying and to provide information and resources that are effective at preventing bullying.

    Families, students, schools, organizations and other groups can unite with PACER to prevent bullying.

    Bullying is a behavior that is intentional, repetitive, and hurtful. An imbalance of power exists between the child who is bullying and the intended target.

    Follow the link below for more information on PACER and for resources on bullying.

    Are you registered to vote?

    November 4 is Election Day

    The deadline for registering or transferring your voter registration is 30 days before an election.

    If you register by mail, your application must be postmarked by the 30-day cutoff or it will not become effective until after the election.

    If you are not already registered to vote in Washington and you miss the 30-day deadline,
    you can register in person at your county elections department until 15 days before the election.

    Whatcom County Elections Dept.:
    311 Grand Avenue, Suite 103
    Bellingham, WA 98225-4038
    Fax: 360-738-4556

    Thanks for reading...

    Upcoming Events

    Singing "Friends Forever" on stage
    with Chris Burke
    Tuesday September 23
    Whatcom Community College

    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. and Jan Jung, M.Ed.
    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. and Jan Jung, M.Ed.
    Bellingham, WA
    No fees
    Registration required, please call
    360-715-0170 X 302

    September 29
    DD Round Table: Open Forum Discussion on
    Developing Positive Behavorial Supports

    3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Guest Facilitator: Kristin Ihrig, PhD.
    DDD staff psychologist
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Parkway
    Information contact: Jessica at
    360-676-6724 X 32014

    October 2
    18th Annual Region 3
    Supported Employment Conference

    "Creating Connections"
    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Warm Beach Conference Center
    Stanwood, WA

    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

    October 27
    Whatcom County
    Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board

    4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
    St Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Pkwy
    Information contact: Jessica
    360-676-6724 X 32014

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