The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
December 1, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Volunteers for Youth Self-Advocacy group honored
  • Autism Community Training presents
  • Local Training and Workshops
  • Tropic Thunder Update
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Volunteers for Youth Self-Advocacy group honored

    Northwest Youth Services acknowledges and honors those who have gone "Above and Beyond for Kids"

    Volunteers for the Youth Self-Advocacy group, Becky Cronk, Kim Donk, and Tami Flett, were one of 5 finalists that were honored at the Annual Northwest Youth Services banquet in November.

    Over 50 groups and individuals were nominated for their work with kids in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

    Tami, Kim and Becky come faithfully to the youth meetings bringing their passion to empower and support youth, in addition to the projects that the group enjoys doing!

    Many, many thanks to these great volunteers!
    Everyone benefits from their efforts.

    Autism Community Training presents

    Managing the Worry Bug: Cognitive Behavior Group Treatment for High-Functioning Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Presented by Judy Reaven, Ph.D.
    Director of the Autism and
    Developmental Disabilities Clinic
    University of Colorado Denver

    Fletcher Challenge Theatre
    Harbour Centre - Downtown Campus
    Simon Fraser University
    515 West Hastings Street

    Friday, December 5
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

    Local Training and Workshops

    Northwest Educational Service District's (ESD) Autism Outreach project offers many training opportunities throughout the year.

    The trainings are offered in Anacortes at the ESD 189 offices and are also available via K-20 videoconferencing to Educational Service Districts and school districts statewide.

    Upcoming December training:
    Making Learning Meaningful for
    Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders
    and Other Social Cognitive Deficits
    Presented by:
    Gretchen Mertes, M.Ed.

    Thursday, Dec. 11
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Course No. 12317

    They also have an extensive lending library that has over 1100 books, videos, DVDs available for families around the state.

    Tropic Thunder Update

    Just Ask

    Gail Williamson, Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles, Inc. writes:
    I wanted to let you know that Tom, the academics teacher at my son Blair's adult day program was in Gelson's Market in North Hollywood, CA where he shops and saw a display for "Tropic Thunder" full of DVDs.

    Tom went to the manager and told him that he was offended by the display and that he participated in a boycott of the film and felt it was inappropriate for Gelson's to advertise and sell the film.

    He suggested they send it back.

    The manager thanked him, and the next time he was in the store it wasn't there.

    Tom asked the manager about it and he told him he did send it back.

    We were very surprised and pleased by the manager's actions.

    Maybe others can share their feelings with their local markets and retail stores.

    It's pretty easy to do.


    Thanks for reading...

    Upcoming Events
    Tami Flett, Kim Donk, and Becky Cronk

    Youth Self Advocacy volunteers Tami Flett, Kim Donk, and Becky Cronk with Anne Larson, the Executive Director of Northwest Youth Services, at the Above and Beyond for Kids Banquet

    Knowing Your
    Personal Boundaries~
    Safety Awareness

    4:00-5:30 p.m.
    Register now
    Groups now forming for sessions
    that will begin next year!
    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

    December 3
    DD Round Table: Economic Trends in Whatcom County
    Panel discussion with Nancy Jordan of the
    Economic Development Council and
    Rafeeka Gafoor of the Workforce Development Council

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

    December 4
    Road Show at Mt. Baker Schools

    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 13
    Parent to Parent Family Holiday Party

    12:00-2:00 p.m.
    Bloedel Donovan Large Multi-Purpose gym
    Special guests, treats and surprises!
    Bring a dish to share.
    For information contact:
    Christine at 360-255-2056

    December 15
    Job Coaching and Natural Supports
    for Students with Disabilities

    12:00-3:00 p.m.
    Presented by Monica McDaniel of the
    Washington Initiative for Supported Employment
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Parkway
    Registration requested, contact:
    Vicki McClure at 360-6767-6724 X 32243 or

    January 26
    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

    January 28
    Annual Disability Legislative Reception

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

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