The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
February 2, 2009


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • David Pitonyak in Bellingham March 5 & 6
  • Life Skills class with Rick Pribbernow
  • Thanks for reading...

  • David Pitonyak in Bellingham March 5 & 6

    David Pitonyak presents two workshops from a not-so-common point of view.

    Thursday, March 5
    One day the world will be a perfect place,
    strategies for the meantime.

    7:00-9:00 p.m.

    Join us for a workshop about living with intention in an imperfect world.

    This event is designed for parents and family members of individuals with developmental disabilities.
    Service providers and community members are welcome as well.

    Friday March 6
    Supporting a person with difficult behaviors, supporting the people who care
    9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Difficult behaviors result from unmet needs.

    Based on the idea that a person's needs are best met by people whose own needs are met,
    this workshop examines strategies for supporting not only an individual who experiences disabilities but also the needs of his or her caregivers.

    Both events will be at:
    St. Luke's Health Education Center,
    3333 Squalicum Parkway,

    To register or for information please contact
    Vicki McClure at (360) 676-6724 X 32243
    (Clock hours for educators is in process)

    Life Skills class with Rick Pribbernow

    Learning can be Fun!
    Join the new session of Life Skills Classes.

    Social Skills are
    usually "caught" versus "taught"
    but sometimes relationship skills are best learned in an interactive lab whether with family, friends, or in a professional setting.

    These four important ingredients will help you to be successful:

    • Self-Concept and Self-Worth- Learning to like me
    • Relationships- Family, friends, formal- Recognizing boundaries
    • Dealing with my emotions- Feelings are Okay
    • Communication- More than talking

    Classes will be taught by Rick Pribbernow,
    Life Skills coordinator, Compass Health
    Rick will review and build on skills covered in previous classes.
    Everybody's welcome, whether you've participated with Rick before or not.

    Registration is required,
    for any registration questions contact:
    Vicki at 676-6724 Ext. 32243 or

    For class content questions call Jessica Lee at
    676-6724 ext. 32014


    2 bills that affect individuals with developmental disabilities had their first committee hearings.

    SB 5117,which puts the Children's Intensive In-home Behavior Supports bill into statute and
    SB 5203 which will create autism insurance parity
    were heard in the Senate Health and Long Term Care committee.

    Remember that bills are heard in their originating committee and then passed on to the Rules Committee.
    From the Rules Committees, they are placed on the calendar for a vote by the full body.
    The bill then goes to the other house and follows the same process.

    After both houses have voted on the bill, it then goes to the governor for her signature.

    To see where these 2 bills are,
    or any other bill you are interested in following,
    follow the link below to the Washington State Legislature.

    The Arc of Washington State's website also has a lot of information on bills of interest and importance to individuals with developmental disabilities and the people who care about them.


    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
    Learning Together

    Learning Together

    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

    Parent Therapeutic Support Group
    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

    February 7
    Down syndrome Outreach
    Annual Planning Meeting

    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Share a potluck lunch
    Childcare provided
    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

    February 14
    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

    February 15
    Parent to Parent Lego Connection
    2:00 -4:00 p.m.
    Bellingham Public Library
    210 Central Avenue
    For more information contact
    Christine at: 360-255-2056 X 1

    February 23
    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 26
    Everything you Need to Know
    Medicaid Personal Care Training

    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Medicaid personal care hours, Guardianships, Special needs trusts, Social Security, Medicaid, How the social service system works.
    Join us to learn more!
    Information contact: Beverly at
    360-715-0170- X 306

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