The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
March 30, 2009


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Whatcom County Transition Fair
  • Using Functional Assessment Designing
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Whatcom County Transition Fair

    Thursday April 2, 2009
    St. Luke's Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Pkwy
    Information contact:
    360-676-6724 X 32014

    Representatives from organizations in Whatcom County
    will be available to discuss:
    Jobs, Education, Fun & Recreation, Health, Supportive Living and Advocacy services.

    Morning Session 10:00 - 11:00
    A panel of individuals, families, and vocational providers discuss the transition process, i
    ncluding inspirations, challenges, keys to success, and more.

    Afternoon Session 11:15-12:30
    How do we prepare for tough times?
    Join Rick Pribbenow of Compass Health in this interactive seminar
    identifying how to weather change, and this process called 'transition,' whether you are a student, educator or parent.

    This event is a collaboration of:
    The Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities Program,
    Division of Developmental Disabilities,
    Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and The Arc of Whatcom County

    This event is in an accessible location.
    For sign language interpreter service, assistive listening devices or a communication material in alternative format, large print or audiotape, please call 10 working days in advance @ (360) 676-6724 ext. 32014

    Using Functional Assessment Designing

    Free workshop present ed 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.
    Detailed approaches for altering environments and teaching new behavior are discussed.

    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.


    Keeping track of important bills

    Issues that are important to individuals with developmental disabilities are continuing to be looked at for budget cuts.

    It is important to monitor the progress of and to advocate for bills that affect supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

    The link below is to the Arc of Washington State's Bill of Interest sheet. It contains a lot of useful information for following the bills.


    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
    Whatcom County Interagency Coordinating Council

    Whatcom County
    Interagency Coordinating Council

    Knowing Your
    Personal Boundaries~
    Safety Awareness

    4:00-5:30 p.m.
    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

    April 2
    Whatcom County Transition Fair

    9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    St. Luke's Education Center
    3333 Squalicum Pkwy
    Information contact:
    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

    April 13
    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

    April 24 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

    April 27
    Whatcom County
    Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board

    A public forum on the budget cuts and priority setting<br> 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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