The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
November 17, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Social Security Administration Offices Have Moved
  • Job Coaching and Natural Supports for Students with developmental disabilities
  • Legislative Reception
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Social Security Administration Offices Have Moved

    They are no longer in the downtown Federal Building.

    Their new address is:
    710 Alabama Street
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    This location is on Alabama Street between James and Iron Streets.

    Phone numbers and office hours remain the same.
    For more information, contact the local SSA office at:
    1 360-738-3952
    Toll-Free 1-800-772-1213
    TTY 1-800-325-0778

    Job Coaching and Natural Supports for Students with developmental disabilities

    A training for educators and vocational staff

    Come and learn the strategies you'll need to be an effective Job Coach and how to partner with your community businesses.

    Facilitate a smooth transition for your students from vocational exploration to employment, so that everyone can succeed!

    Identify and learn how to use Natural Supports in the workplace, which will foster independence.

    Presented by Monica McDaniel of the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (WISE).

    Reservations requested, contact:
    Vicki McClure at 360-676-6724 X 32243 or

    December 15
    12:00-3:00 p.m.
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Parkway

    Legislative Reception


    The Disabilities Community of
    Washington State
    Invites You to attend
    The 29th Annual Legislative Reception

    Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
    5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Pritchard Library Cafeteria
    On the Capitol Campus

    This is an opportunity for people with disabilities, their families and the organizations that represent them to meet legislators and discuss issues that are critical to people with disabilities.

    Hosted by:

    • The Washington State Developmental Disabiliteis Council
    • The Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment
    • The State Independent Living Council
    • Parkview Services

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    Upcoming Events
    Youth Self Advocates after receiving the Whatcom Youth Service Award

    Youth Self Advocates and family members after receiving the Whatcom Youth Service Award

    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, Ph.D. and Jan Jung, M.Ed.
    Bellingham, WA
    Registration required
    please call 360-715-0170 X 302

    November 17
    Road Show at Nooksack Valley School District

    5:30-7:00 p.m.
    Nooksack High School Library
    3326 E Badger Road
    For information contact Beverly at
    360-715-0170 x 306

    November 21
    Community Meeting to Address the Services For
    Children with Developmental Concerns

    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    St. Luke's Education Health Center
    3333 Squalicum Parkway
    For information contact
    Margaret Jahn, PHN
    360-676-6742 X 32098
    RSVP contact Janice at 360-676-4593 X 50804

    November 24
    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

    November 27 and 28
    Holiday Closure

    The Arc of Whatcom County will be closed
    both days for Thanksgiving.
    The office will reopen at 9:00 a.m. Monday December 1

    December 3
    DD Round Table
    Economic Trends in Whatcom County
    3:30-5:00 p.m.
    Panel discussion with
    Nancy Jordan of the Economic Development Council and Rafeeka Gafoor of the Workforce Development Council
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Parkway Bellingham

    December 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: Carol at
    360-715-0170 X 304

    December 8
    Parent to Parent Support Meeting

    Craft Time!
    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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