The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
February 23, 2009


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Legislative Hotline Information
  • Caregiver Training Conference
  • Did You Know?
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Legislative Hotline Information

    Legislative Hotline Can Now Answer Your Calls in Different Languages

    Since the inception of the Legislative hotline , the hotline has been a wonderful resource, but only for those who speak English.

    The Legislative Hotline now provides translation services for limited and non-English speakers wishing to contact their elected officials.

    Non-English speakers can call the Legislative Hotline and be connected with a bilingual operator in any language.
    The bilingual operator will serve as a liaison between the caller and the Hotline operator.

    Help spread the word about this new service! This is a pilot program that is expected to end at the end of legislative session.
    It's imperative that limited and non-English speakers use this service so that it continues.

    Legislative Hotline 1-800-562-6000

    Caregiver Training Conference

    Challenges in Caregiving:
    Giving Care, Taking Care

    Current, practical skills and resources that community caregivers can use in their daily caregiving responsibilities.

    The conference is intended for:

    • Family caregivers- spouses, adult children, parents of adult children with disabilities
    • In-home caregivers
    • Adult Family Home Providers
    • Adult Day Care of Assisted Living staff
    • Geriatric mental health service workers

    There will be workshops on:

    • Managing Stress
    • Legal and Financial Planning
    • Coping with the emotions of care giving
    • Geting Help from those around you
    • Back injury prevention
    • Care strategies for dementia
    • Exercise ideas for those with physical disabilities
    • Emergency preparedness in the home

    Some scholarships are avaliable. Register early!
    For Registration information
    and conference materials,
    please call 1-800-422-3263 or 360-725-2544

    Sponsored by Aging and Disability Services Administration and ElderHealth Northwest, along with the support of numerous community organizations

    Monday, June 1
    Tukwila Community Center

    Did You Know?

    There are some additional services that you or someone you know may be eligible for.

    Housing assistance, energy assistance and weatherization programs, insurance benefits education, telephone costs, and other resources.

    Informing Families, Building Trust has information on additional resources that can help families offset some costs.

    Follow the link below to the resource information.
    And then take a minute or two to check out the other useful information on the Informing Families, Building Trust website.


    State Budget Deficit continues to grow

    Most of Washington's governmental revenue comes from the sales taxes that we all pay.
    As people feel they can afford to buy fewer things there is, of course, less sales tax revenue.

    Our local legislators want to hear from families about how the proposed budget cuts will affect them.

    A powerful tool is sharing your story, and let them know how cutting or reducing the supports and services to individuals with developmental disabilities will directly impact your family.

    The Arc of Washington State, at the link below, is tracking the bills that are important to people with developmental disabilities and those who love and support them.

    The site also has contact information for your legislators and the committees they sit on.

    Thanks for reading...

    Upcoming Events
    Youth Self Advocates and volunteers 2009

    Time to Shine! Youth Self Advocacy group February 2009

    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

    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
    For information contact
    Beverly at 360-715-0170 X 306

    March 4
    Financial Planning Workshop
    with Barry Meyers, Attorney-at-Law

    6:00 p.m.
    Sponsored by Down syndrome Outreach
    The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Road
    RSVP by Feb. 27 to
    Kristy at 360-715-0170 X 307

    March 5
    David Pitoynak speaking on:
    "One Day the World will be a Perfect Place- Strategies for the the Meantime"

    7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    A workshop about living with intention in an imperfect world.
    For individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and care givers.
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Parkway
    For more information contact Vicki McClure
    at 360-676-6724 ext. 32243

    March 6
    David Pitoynak:
    Supporting a person
    with Difficult Behaviors:
    Supporting the people who care
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Parkway
    To register and for more information
    contact Vicki McClure at 360-676-6724 ext. 32243

    March 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

    March 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

    March 12
    Road Show at Blaine High School

    6:00 p.m.
    An opportunity to learn about Transitioning from the schools to the adult service world.
    For more information contact
    Beverly at 360-715-0170 X 306

    March 17 - April 7
    Life Skills Series with
    Rick Pribbernow
    Please register by March 11
    Contact Vicki McLure at
    360-676-6724 X 32243 or

    March 22 - May 17
    Drama Classes
    Sundays: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
    The Arc's Dan Godwin
    Community Center
    Reservations required, please call
    Maureen at 360-715-0170 X 302

    April 2
    Whatcom County Transition Fair

    9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Blvd.
    Watch for more details soon!

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