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


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Washington State's Disability Awareness Day
  • Using Functional Assessment to Design Positive Behavior Support Plans
  • Celebrate Success: 2009 Family Support Conference
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  • Washington State's Disability Awareness Day

    Wednesday, March 11th

    In Olympia, Disability Awareness Day will be celebrated with
    the Independent Living Day Rally.
    Rally starts at 11:00 a.m.
    on the capitol steps.

    Bright blue scarves with "Develop Abilities" buttons will be provided for attendees to show support of funding services and supports in the community for those with developmental disabilities.

    Please invite everyone you know.

    For more information call 888-754-8798 (toll-free).

    Using Functional Assessment to Design Positive Behavior Support Plans

    Free workshop present by Jackie Chotiner, PhD.

    This session focuses on learning how to turn functional assessments into individualized support plans for people with challenging behavior.

    Strategies will be presented for breaking down a functional assessment into manageable units of intervention development.

    Target Audiences:

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

    Tuesday April 14
    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.

    Kristin Ihrig by 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.

    Celebrate Success: 2009 Family Support Conference

    4th Annual Spokane Conference for people with developmental disabilities or special needs and their families.

    Keynote speaker Don Meyer is the director of the Sibling Support Project.

    Don is probably best known for creating Sibshops, a lively program just for brothers and sisters of kids with special needs and is a leading national trainer and educator on sibling support

    There will be morning and afternoon breakout sessions.

    The Commons Building
    Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute
    4000 W. Randolph Road
    Spokane, WA 99224

    Saturday, April 18
    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    For more information contact :
    The Arc Of Spokane at: 509-328-6326


    Upcoming Advocacy Days in Olympia

    • March 18 - Employment/ Working Age Adult Policy
    • March 25 - Housing/Endowment Trust Fund
    • April 1 - Birth to Three
    • April 8 - Waiver/ Medicaid Changes
    • April 15 - Session Wrap-up

    The United Churches
    110 Eleventh Avenue SE
    Olympia, WA 98501

    If you need assistance, call
    1-888-754-8798, X 105 or go to:

    Bill Status:
    March 2 was the cut -off day for bills to be out of the Finance Committee of the house they originate in.
    If a bill moved out of Finance, it will go to the other house for consideration. If it did not move out of Finance, that is the end of the bill.

    Follow the link below to check the status of Bills of Interest to the Developmental Disability community.
    See which ones are still moving through the Legislature and need community support.


    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
    Youth Self Advocacy Group

    The Youth Self Advocacy Group

    Knowing Your
    Personal Boundaries~
    Safety Awareness

    4:00-5:30 p.m.
    Register now
    Sessions are starting!
    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 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 between the school system and the adult service world.
    Blaine High School
    For more information contact:
    Beverly at 360-715-0170 X 306

    March 13
    Caregiver Conference:
    "Caregiver Corral"

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

    March 22 - May 17
    Drama Experience!

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

    March 23
    Understanding Challenging Behaviors: Strategies for Functional Assesment
    A free workshop by Jackie Chotiner, PhD
    12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    Region 3 DDD Office
    840 N. Broadway Suite 100 Room 103
    Everett, WA 98201
    For more information or to register contact:
    Kristen Ihrig at
    or at 425-339-4828

    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

    March 26
    Everything You Need to Know:
    Medicaid Personal Care Training

    Medicaid personal Care Hours, Guardianship, Special Needs Trusts, Social Security, Medicaid, How the Social Service system works.
    Join us to learn more.
    Contact Beverly at
    360-715-0170 X 306

    April 2
    Whatcom County Transition Fair

    9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Learn about moving from school based services to the adult service world.
    St. Luke's Health Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Blvd.
    Bellingham, Wa
    For more information contact Jessica at
    360-676-6724 X 32014

    April 4
    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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