The Parent Coalition of Whatcom County The E-Alert of The Arc of Whatcom County
July 9, 2009


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • July is Adult Abuse Prevention Month
  • Health Care Reform: Your Voice is Needed
  • Disability Rights Washington
  • Thanks for reading...

  • July is Adult Abuse Prevention Month

    Help protect vulnerable adults by reporting abuse

    The state Department of Social and Health Services is offering free abuse prevention kits that provide information on how to recognize abuse and what anyone can do to protect vulnerable adults from abuse, abandonment, neglect, financial exploitation or self neglect.

    To get a kit, call 1-800-422-3263.

    To report suspected mistreatment of a vulnerable adult, call the statewide hotline number at 1-866-363- 4276 (1-800-ENDHARM)

    Health Care Reform: Your Voice is Needed

    Health care is a very personal issue. Personal stories have the power to transform debates.

    As a member of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee, Senator Patty Murray is currently helping to craft a health care reform bill.

    Senator Murray is asking you to share your health care experiences, your passion for change, and your suggestions for a better health care system for all.

    Disability Rights Washington

    Help Disability Rights Washington (DRW) set its priorities!

    There are many ways you can provide input into Disability Rights Washingtons priorities.

    Visit 'Our Priorities' page of the Drw website to complete an online survey or print out a paper copy. DRW's current priorities are on the same webpage.

    Call DRW and ask to have a paper copy of a priority survey sent to you. 800-562-2702
    TTY: 800-905-0209.


    To find your senators' and representative's phone numbers, you may use a searchable online directory or call TOLL-FREE: 1-800-562-6000 & ask for your senators' and/or representative's phone number.

    Remember that telephone calls are usually taken by a staff member, not the legislator. Ask to speak with the aide who handles the issue about which you wish to comment.

    Thanks for reading...

    Upcoming Events
    Local Leadership Graduation

    July 11
    Parent to Parent Picnic

    noon - 2pm
    Bloedel Donovan Park
    Contact Parent to Parent at (360) 255-2056 for more information

    July 13
    Parent to Parent Support Meeting

    7:00 - 8:30 pm
    Songs for the families
    Shared Care Plan team Presentation
    Contact Parent to Parent at (360) 255-2056 for more information

    July 13-24
    Summer Workshop Series for Parents and Professionals
    Presented by the University of Washington Autism Center, Seattle. Contact Heather McConaghy by email or phone (206)616- 8642
    More information at

    July 27
    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

    Autism Support Group NEXT meeting
    12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
    The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    For more information contact
    Beverly at 360-715-0170 X 306

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