The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
October 13, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Community Stakeholders Meeting in November
  • Stakeholder meeting survey link
  • October Autism Training
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Community Stakeholders Meeting in November

    Focus is to build a comprehensive system of services for children and families impacted by developmental disorders.

    Families, local and regional health care providers, mental health providers, schools, community service agencies, and others who care about this population are asked to join this meeting.

    To prepare for the community meeting, families and care providers are being surveyed.

    For the FAMILY SURVEY, follow the link below

    The survey will take about 10 minutes. Please feel free to share this link with other families.

    For more information please contact:
    Melanie Hartley, PHN at
    360-676-6762 X 32094

    Friday, November 21
    8:00 am - 12:00 p.m.
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Parkway

    Stakeholder meeting survey link

    Help identify the issues

    This stakeholders meeting wants to identify and address issues facing children with developmental needs, their families, and the community that provides services for them.

    To prepare for the meeting, planners would like to survey, separately, families and care providers of children with developmental needs.

    The link below is for the CARE PROVIDER SURVEY.

    Please feel free to share the link to this survey this other providers who care for children will developmental needs.

    October Autism Training

    Effective Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Offered by the Autism Outreach of the Northwest Educational Service District and presented by Chrystal Gray, Ph.D.

    This session will outline the components of an effective education program for students with ASD.
    Presenter is Crystal Gray, Ph.D., an Autism specialist and executive director of Puget Sound Psychology & Consulting.

    She is the author of The Educational Aspects of Autism Disorders and a researcher in responsiveness to treatment in students with ASD.

    Crystal has taught hundreds of autism courses and is a dynamic and engaging instructor.This course is available to K-20 locations statewide.

    Thursday, October 23
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    To register call 888-704-9633 or online at or
    follow the link below.
    Course #12313

    Thanks for reading...

    Upcoming Events
    Friends at the 5th Annual Buddy Walk

    Friends together at the Buddy Walk
    October 4, 2008

    Knowing Your
    Personal Boundaries~
    Safety Awareness

    4:00-5:30 p.m.
    Register now
    Groups now forming for sessions
    that begin this month!
    Here is an opportunity to learn all about personal safety and awareness.
    Presented by
    John Davis, Ph.D. and Jan Jung, M.Ed.
    Bellingham, WA
    Registration required
    please call 360-715-0170 X 304

    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, Ph.D. and Jan Jung, M.Ed.
    Bellingham, WA
    No fees
    Registration required, please call
    360-715-0170 X 304

    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 16
    Parent to Parent Lego Connection

    6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Roosevelt Resource Center
    2303 Moore
    Information contact: Christine 360-255-2056 X 1

    October 27
    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

    October 27
    Dr. Tony Attwood presentation on High Functioning
    Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

    7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Parkway
    Information contact: Richard Spitzer
    360-671-1966 or

    October 29
    Road Show at Lynden School District
    Community Transition Program

    205 British Columbia Ave. Suite 113
    For information contact:
    Beverly at 360-715-0170 X 306

    October 30 - November 20
    Life Skills Class with
    Rick Pribbernow

    Thursdays 4:30-6:00 p.m.
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Parkway
    Registration required, contact:
    Vicki McClure at
    360-676-6742 X 33243 or

    November 1
    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

    November 8
    Parent to Parent Helping Parent Training

    9:00 am. - 2:00 p.m.
    The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    For information and to sign up contact:
    Christine at 360-255-2056 X 1

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