The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
January 19, 2009


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Olympia Insider
  • ASL Community Class
  • Down syndrome Outreach events
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Olympia Insider

    Online newsletter and video podcasts that keep you informed about disability issues in the state Legislature.

    The Olympia Insider is an online newsletter published by The Arc of Washington State and is updated weekly during the legislative session.

    The Olympia Insider Video Podcasts are the result of a collaboration between The Arc and the Developmental Disabilities Council.

    Join Sue Elliott of The Arc and Ed Holen of the DDC as they discuss news, events and legislation in Olympia on the podcasts.

    ASL Community Class

    American Sign Language Community Class Level 1

    10 sessions between Jan. 26 and Feb. 25
    Monday & Wednesday evenings
    4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    $125.00 per person
    *includes "A Basic Course" textbook

    Hearing speech and Deafness Center
    114 W Magnolia Street, Suite 316
    Bellingham, WA 98225

    James Christianson Jr. and Joel Bergsbaken

    Down syndrome Outreach events

    Bowling in January and the Annual Planning Meeting in February

    Sunday, January 31
    DsO Bowling Night!
    Come and join the fun!
    7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    Park Lanes
    4521 Meridian St.

    RSVP by Jan. 26

    On February 7-
    Join other members of the Down syndrome Outreach for the Annual Planning Meeting

    • Share your ideas
    • Help plan the events for the coming year
    • Visit old friends
    • Welcome new families into the community
    • Enjoy a potluck lunch
    • Consider volunteering as an advisory member of the DsO
    All members welcome!

    RSVP to Kristy Gillig at
    360-715-0170 X 307
    Please call ahead for child care


    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan

    The incoming Obama administration has presented their economic recovery plan to Congress.

    The Arc of the United States, along with United Cerebral Policy have identified several ways that the plan can support programs for people with disabilities.

    The link below is to the Action Center on The Arc-USA's website.
    It provides some back ground information and further details on their suggestions.
    The site also has links for a convenient way contact your legislators.

    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
    Bubbles in the Park

    Bubbles in the Park!

    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 304

    Care Giver Support
    Learn Self-Nurturing Techniques

    Noon-1:30 p.m.
    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.
    Bellingham, WA
    No fees
    Registration required, please call
    360-715-0170 X 304

    January 25
    Parent to Parent Lego Connections

    2:00-4:00 p.m.
    Lecture Room Bellingham Public Library
    210 Central Avenue
    Join us to create new friendships and have fun.
    All ages are welcome.
    Legos and Duplos available for onsite use.

    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

    January 31
    Down syndrome Outreach Bowling

    Park Lanes Bowl
    7:00-9:00 p.m.
    RSVP by Jan. 26
    Kristy Gillig at 360-715-0170 X 307

    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

    February 7
    Down syndrome Outreach
    Annual Planning Meeting

    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Includes a potluck lunch and child care
    RSVP Kristy Gillig
    360-715-0170 X 307

    February 9
    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

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