The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
November 24, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • A National Day of Listening
  • Parent to Parent Family Holiday Party
  • Developmental Disabilities Council is looking for new members
  • Thanks for reading...

  • A National Day of Listening

    Create a new tradition this holiday

    November 28, the day after Thanksgiving
    has been designated as a
    National Day of Listening.

    Our life stories matter.
    Self Advocacy is about telling our story
    and about listening to the stories of other people.

    One of the best ways to show the people who are important to us that we care is to listen to their story.

    This national project is sponsored by the people at StoryCorps who can give ideas about setting up the interview, how to record, what to ask, etc.

    But this is a simple project-
    it involves the hearts of two people,
    one who is interested and asks a few questions
    and one who shares their heart.
    You can record it, but you don't have to...

    Follow the link below to the StoryCorps website for their suggestions.

    Follow your heart for a new tradition.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    Parent to Parent Family Holiday Party

    Holiday Fun for families and friends of children with developmental disabilities

    Come and join us for

    • Special guests
    • Holiday performances that start at 12:15 p.m.
    • Children's craft table
    • Lots of surprises

    Bring a dish to share for the Potluck Lunch.
    Beverages will be provided.

    December 13
    12:00-2:00 p.m.
    Bloedel Donovan large multi-purpose gym

    Volunteers needed!
    Please contact Christine at 360-255-2056

    Developmental Disabilities Council is looking for new members

    Here is an opportunity to serve!

    The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) is appointed by the Governor to promote a comprehensive system of services, and serve as an advocate and a planning body for Washington State's citizens with developmental disabilities.

    They are looking for members that are:

    • Individuals with developmental disabilities
    • Parents, guardians or family of children or adults with developmental disabilities
    • Providers of services for people with developmental disabilities

    The Council is especially interested in adding people from Northwest Washington- Skagit and Whatcom counties.

    This is an opportunity to work with the DDC to improve services and expand the opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

    For more information contact Linda Walling at
    1-800-634-4473 or or
    by following the link below to the DDD website.



    To find your senators' and representative's phone numbers, you may use a searchable online congressional directory or call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202)224-3121 and ask for your senators' and/or representative's office.

    Remember that telephone calls are usually taken by a staff member, not the member of Congress. Ask to speak with the aide who handles the issue about which you wish to comment.

    Thanks for reading...

    Upcoming Events
    Family Support- Showing we care

    Family Support- showing we care

    Knowing Your
    Personal Boundaries~
    Safety Awareness

    4:00-5:30 p.m.
    Register now
    Sessions continue until December 17
    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

    Care Giver Support
    The weekly group meetings are over for 2008.
    They will start again in January and will be facilitated once again by John Davis, Ph.D. and Jan Jung, M.Ed.
    No fees
    Registration required, for information please call
    360-715-0170 X 302

    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
    Office Closure

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

    December 3
    DD Round Table
    Economic Trends in
    Whatcom County
    A panel discussion with
    Nancy Jordan
    (Economic Development Council) and
    Rafeeka Gafoor
    (Workforce Development Council)

    3:30-5:00 p.m.
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Parkway

    December 4
    Road Show at
    Mt Baker School District

    6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    Room 802- Mt Baker High School
    4936 Deming Road
    For information contact Beverly at
    360-715-0170 X 306

    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

    December 15
    Job Coaching and Natural Supports
    for students with disabilities

    12:00-3:00 p.m.
    Presented by Monica McDaniel of
    Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (WISE)
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Parkway
    Registration requested, contact
    Vicki McClure at 360-676-6742 X 32243

    January 28
    Annual Disabilities Legislative Reception

    5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Pritchard Library Cafeteria on the
    Capitol Campus in Olympia

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