The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
January 9, 2009


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • The 29th Annual Disabilities Legislative Reception
  • 2009 College Scholarships
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  • The 29th Annual Disabilities Legislative Reception

    The Disabilities Community of Washington State invites you to attend the Annual Disability Legislative Reception.

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

    Hosted by:
    The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council,
    The Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment, and
    Parkview Services

    A limited number of sponsorships are available, contact:
    Kellie Good
    Other questions contact David Maltman

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

    2009 College Scholarships

    For Students with Parents with Disabilities Announcement

    Through the Looking Glass
    and its National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families are pleased to announce new scholarships specifically for

    • High school seniors
    • College students
    who have parents with disabilities.

    5 separate $1000 awards in each category given out in Fall 2009.
    Individuals may submit only one application per award period.

    Selection criteria for all scholarships include:

    • academic performance
    • community activities and service
    • letters of recommendation
    • an essay describing growing up with a parent with an disability


    Legislators are back in Washington, D.C. and have started!

    Use the information below to contact your legislator to make your views heard.

    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.

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    Upcoming Events
    Welcoming new families

    Welcoming new families- Summer 2008

    Knowing Your
    Personal Boundaries~
    Safety Awareness

    Register now
    Groups 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.
    203 W. Holly
    Bellingham, WA
    Registration required
    please call 360-715-0170 X 304

    Wednesdays- Starting January 14 Parent and Family Care Giver Support Group
    12:00-1:30 p.m.
    Learn Self-Nurturing Techniques
    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.
    203 W. Holly
    Bellingham, WA
    No fees
    Registration required, please call
    360-715-0170 X 304

    January 12
    Parent to Parent Support Meeting

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

    January 19
    Spin Dance

    7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    Max Higbee Center
    315 Halleck Street
    Bring a package of cookies for an entrance donation!

    January 25
    Parent to Parent Lego Connections

    2:00-4:00 p.m
    Bellingham Public Library
    210 Central Avenue in Bellingham
    Lecture Room
    (downstairs across from the Children's Library)
    Join us to create new friendships and have fun.
    All ages are welcome
    Legos and Duplos are available to use on site.

    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

    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: Carol at
    360-715-0170 X 304

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