The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
March 16, 2009


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • World Autism Awareness Day
  • Opportunities for Individuals Receiving State-Only Services
  • Spring Events
  • Thanks for reading...

  • World Autism Awareness Day

    The United Nations General Assembly has declared :
    April 2 as World Autism
    Awareness Day

    By bringing together autism organizations all around the world, the intent is to give a voice to the millions of individuals worldwide who are undiagnosed, misunderstood and looking for help.

    Please join the effort to make this possible.

    "Society has a responsibility to persons with disabilities and their families...let us dedicate ourselves to enabling the family, the most basic unit of society, to fulfill its role ensuring that persons with disabilities enjoy full human rights with dignity, and flourish as individuals."
    Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
    May 15, 2007

    Opportunities for Individuals Receiving State-Only Services

    Announcing Access to Waiver Enrollment

    Individuals who receive employment supports that are paid for by "state-only" funds may soon be offered the opportunity to enroll in one of the Home and Community Based waiver programs.

    This change will allow the state to receive federal matching funds for money they spend. It also means that the state has to offer an increased number of services in order to receive the matching funds.

    DDD case managers will be contacting people to conduct assessments in order to verify that they meet the disability and financial criteria.

    For more information go to the link below at the Informing Families-Building Trust website or contact your DDD case manager.

    Spring Events

    Bellingham Parks and Recreation's Leisure Guide for Spring 2009 has something for everyone!

    The Leisure Guide, published quarterly by Bellingham Parks and Rec. includes their Specialized Recreation Services Calendar.
    Checkout their exciting, entertaining outdoor activities.

    As always, the Spin Dances are the 3rd Monday of the month.
    Did you know that Camp T.E.A.M.
    will be May 8 & 9?
    Registration deadline is April 24.
    The Adaptive Cycle Expo will be May 16.
    There are classes, local outings and outings down to Seattle.

    For more information about the opportunities offered by Parks and Rec follow the link below to the Leisure Guide

    or contact Amanda Grover at
    778-7000 or TDD - 778-7011.


    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
    Local Leadership participants attend Advocay Day in Olympia

    Local Leadership participants attend Advocacy Day in Olympia

    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 302

    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 302

    March 20 Autism Support Group Monthly meeting
    12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
    The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    For more information contact
    Maureen at 360-715-0170 X 302

    March 22- May 17
    Drama Class!!

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

    March 23
    Understanding Challenging Behaviors:
    Strategies for Functional Assessment

    A free workshop by
    Jackie Chotiner, PhD
    12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    Region 3 DDD office
    840 N. Broadway Suite 100, Rm. 101
    Everett, WA 98201
    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

    Learn about Guardianships, Medicaid Personal Care hours, Social Security, Special Needs Trusts, Medicaid, How the social service system works.
    The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    Bellingham, WA
    Fro more information contact Beverly at
    360-715-0170 X 306

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