The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
December 8, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Health Insurance information
  • Special Olympics Basketball
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Health Insurance information

    Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access (WAHA)

    WAHA is a local nonprofit that is dedicated to promoting access to healthcare services for all members of our community.

    They provide insurance counseling and several tools that assist people in determining the best insurance for their needs.

    They support the Whatcom Project Accesss which is a program with the Whatcom County Medical Society that makes specialty care available to eligible uninsured patients.

    WAHA sponsors the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) helpline that offers information about health insurance, health care access, prescription access, long-term care options, and health care fraud and abuse prevention.

    Special Olympics Basketball

    Starting up again in Whatcom County!

    Practices are Saturdays
    Dec. 6 - February 28

    4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    Lynden Middle School
    516 Main Street

    For more information contact
    Mary Rothbauer
    at 360-354-0384


    The Governor's budget is due out next week.

    The Governor and the Legislature are having to write a budget that will accommodate over 5 billion dollars less in revenue.

    They are having to make large cuts in all departments and programs.

    The Governor is asking for citizen input. She is using a process called Priorities of Government that indicates which programs are priorities and the extent that they will be funded.

    Read what Governor Gregoire has to say and let her know what programs are important to you.

    Thanks for reading...

    Upcoming Events
    Community Conversation

    Community members indicating their areas of concern during the Community Conversation about local services for children who have developmental concerns.
    November 2008

    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 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 9
    Whatcom Interagency Coordinating Council (WICC)

    12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
    Parent panel to discuss
    "The ISFP from a parents' point of view"
    Garden Street Family Center
    1231 N. Garden Street
    For information contact Beverly at
    360-715-0170 X 306
    Parents are invited to join in the discussion following the panel presentation.

    December 13
    Parent to Parent
    Family Holiday party

    12:00 -2:00 p.m.
    Large multi-purpose gym in
    Bloedel Donovan Park on
    Electric Avenue
    Special guests arriving at 12:15 p.m.
    There will be children's crafts and storytelling
    Bring a lunch dish to share
    Drinks will be provided
    For more information contact
    Christine at 360-255-2056 X 1

    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 360-676-6724 X 32243 or

    January 12
    Parent to Parent Support Meeting

    7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    2001 H Street
    Contact: Christine at
    360-255-2056 ext. 1
    Childcare available,
    please call ahead

    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 Disabilities Legislative Reception

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

    February 7
    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

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