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


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Whatcom County Transiton Fair!
  • Notebook Workshop
  • Understanding Challenging Behavior: Strategies for Functional Assessment
  • Annual Caregivers Conference
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Whatcom County Transiton Fair!

    Learn about the Future!

    Join the community at this informational fair-
    focus on the transition from
    school based services
    to the adult service system.

    Middle and high school students
    with developmental and other disabilities,
    their families, educators, and interested community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    Learn about:

    • Housing options
    • Recreation and advocacy
    • Employment and vocational supports
    • Guardianships
    • Community/ Tech Schools
    • Social Security
    • Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)
    • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
    • and much more!

    There will be two breakout sessions:
    Morning Session
    10:00 -11:00
    A Transition Panel of individuals, families, and vocational providers discuss the transition process, including inspirations, challenges, keys to success, and more.

    Afternoon Session
    11:15 - 12:30
    How do we prepare for tough times?
    Join Rick Pribbernow of Compass Health
    and discuss how to weather change, and this process called "transition"
    (for students, educators and parents.)

    For more information contact:
    Whatcom County DD Program
    360-676-6724 ext. 32014

    April 2
    9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Blvd.

    Notebook Workshop

    From Mess to Magnificence!

    Join Meril Davenport, teacher at
    Whatcom Center for Early Learning,
    and learn to organize a Notebook that holds all the information about your child.


    All supplies are provided,
    you only need to bring your boxes, files, and bins of papers.

    Saturday, March 7
    10:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    Whatcom Educational Credit Union's Educational Center
    511 E. Holly Street
    in Bellingham
    Please RSVP by March 5 to
    Christine at 255-2056 ext. 1or

    If you are unable to stay for the entire time, please come when you can, we'll be there.
    We hope to see you there!

    Understanding Challenging Behavior: Strategies for Functional Assessment

    FREE workshop by Jackie Chotiner, Ph.D.

    As the first step in providing effective behavioral interventions, this session provides training on understanding why challenging behavior occurs.

    Once the predictors and functions of challenging behaviors are understood, triggers can be eliminated and appropriate behaviors that serve the same purpose for the individual can be encouraged and/or trained to reduce challenging behaviors.

    The need for finding appropriate ways for clients to "communicate" their needs is stressed.

    Target Audience:

    • care providers in residential, vocational, and recreational programs
    • parents
    • educators
    • DDD case resource managers
    • mental health specialists

    Monday March 23
    12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    DDD Region 3 Office
    840 N. Broadway, Suite 100, Room 103
    Everett, WA 98201
    There is free parking in front of and behind DSHS buildings in DSHS-designated parking spaces.

    Registration: Contact Kristin Ihrig
    e-mail or
    phone 425-339-4828. Give the title of the workshop(s), your name, agency, phone number, and number of people in your party.
    Once you have registered, assume that you are enrolled unless you receive a message to the contrary.

    Annual Caregivers Conference

    Caregiver Corral

    This annual conference is sponsored by the Elder Service Providers and will have many topics of interest for any care giver.

    Breakout topics:
    Managing/Understanding Medications,
    Housing Options in our Region,
    Understanding Legal Documents and Rights,
    Proper Oral Hygiene,
    Classes instructed in Russian

    Friday, March 13
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Christ the King Conference Center
    4173 Meridian St.
    Bellingham, WA

    For information on registration - leave a message at:
    360-715-6563 or
    Send your registration to
    ESP- Events
    1897 Front Street
    Lynden, WA 98264

    Registration fees:
    $50.00 professional
    $20.00 families and students
    May register at the door.


    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
    Some of the donations to the 'Hunger Doesn't Take a Holiday' Food Drive

    Did you know??
    The Youth Self Advocate Group,
    with your help, raised over 375 pounds of food for the Bellingham Food Bank!
    WAY TO GO!

    Knowing Your
    Personal Boundaries~
    Safety Awareness

    4:00-5:30 p.m.
    Register now
    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

    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 Rd.
    RSVP 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 School District

    6:00 p.m.
    Learn about transitioning from the schools to the adult service system world.
    Blaine High School
    For more information contact
    Beverly at 360-715-0170 X 306

    March 22 - May 17
    Drama Class!

    Sundays - 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
    The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    Registration required-
    Please contact Maureen at 360-715-0170 X 302

    March 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

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