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


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Substantial New Federal funding for Disability Services
  • Get Ready for Summer!
  • Pulling Together
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Substantial New Federal funding for Disability Services

    FY 2009 Appropriations:
    President Obama signed the bill into law

    This bill passed with about 6 months left in this fiscal year and the monies will be flowing shortly if not all ready begun.

    A News and Information bulletin on it will provide you with a table with the key disability programs.

    Compare FY '08 with the new '09 appropriations and details on some of the programs.

    Get Ready for Summer!

    Looking for summer camps and programs for children with special needs?

    The Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs Summer Camp Directory for 2009 is now available.

    It lists over 60 camps and programs in Washington State for children with special health care needs or disabilities.

    Most summer camps fill up fast, so be sure to start looking early to start find camps that fit your needs.

    Pulling Together

    To heal Native American children wounded by sexual abuse

    March 27, 2009

    8:00 Opening Song

    4:30 Closing Song

    Wex Liem

    2100 Lummi View Drive, Bellingham, WA

    Suggested Reading Preparation:

    Coyote Medicine by Lewis Mehl- Madona,MD,PHD. (Bryon Katie website)

    $10 Registration Fee

    Lunch included

    CEU's Available

    Call Brigid Collins Family Support at 360-734-4616 to register or go to the link below


    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
    autism group meeting

    Parents gather to discuss issues at monthly Autism Support Meeting

    Sundays through- 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

    CANCELLED March 23

    CANCELLED 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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