The Parent Coalition of Whatcom County The E-Alert of The Arc of Whatcom County
December 17, 2009


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Family-Wize Prescription Cards
  • Road Show to Sehome High School
  • Legislative Reception in Olympia
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Family-Wize Prescription Cards

    United Way of Whatcom County helps families cover prescription costs

    FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards being distributed by United Way of Whatcom County could lower the cost of medications by an average of 30 percent or more.

    United Way of Whatcom County is providing these cards free-of-charge to everyone in the community. There are no restrictions for age or income, no limit on how many times the card can be used, no registration or enrollment, and no waiting to get a card. People who have no prescription coverage, need medications not covered by their insurance, or have Medicare, Medicaid or Veterans Assistance benefits, can use these cards.

    Many participating pharmacies will have the cards available for customers and the public.In Whatcom County, participating pharmacies are Costco, Cost Cutter, Fairhaven United Drugs, Food Pavilion, Fred Meyer, Haggen, Hoagland, Nooksack Valley Drug, Rite Aid, Safeway, Sumas Drug, Target, Walgreens and Walmart.
    To Find a card online go to to print a card

    Road Show to Sehome High School

    Sehome High School
    2700 Bill McDonald Parkway
    5:00 pm
    Thursday, January 14, 2010

    The Road show is about providing information on the Adult Service System for individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and educators. The adult service system can be challenging place to navigate, and we would like to give parents and families a chance to ask questions about services and the road ahead.

    Topics include Important dates and Tips for Transition into adult services, navigating the service system, eligibility and services provided through the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), Short and long term employment supports through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and the Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities Program, "building a life" for your son or daughter after they leave school.

    For More information, contact Beverly at 360-715-0170 X 306

    Legislative Reception in Olympia

    January 20, 2010 5:30 to 7:30 pm
    Columbia Room, Legislative Building on the Capitol Campus in Olympia

    January 20, 2010 will be the Legislative Reception for all disabilities in the Columbia Room at the Capitol in Olympia. This is a great time to meet and greet legislators from around the state. If you plan to attend, please contact your legislators and let them know at least two weeks prior that you will be there so they know they will have constituents from their district expecting them.

    A briefing for advocates of Developmental Disabilities will begin at 2:30 pm at The United Churches across from the capitol. Information will be provided to participants on the current issues of importance to developmental disabilities which they can share with their legislators at the Legislative Reception later that evening. Go get dinner, then come back and join us for the Legislative Reception with legislators at 5:30 pm in the Columbia Room. Invite friends and family who share your concerns about disability issues and be sure to let your legislators you will be there


    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.

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    Upcoming Events
    Families at Advocacy Training

    December 18
    Autism Support Group meeting
    12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
    The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham
    For more information contact
    Beverly at 360-715-0170 X 306

    December 21
    Spin Dance
    Max Higbee Center
    315 Halleck Street
    Contact Amanda: 778-7000

    January 11
    Parent to Parent Support Meeting
    7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    Whatcom Center for Early Learning, 2001 H Street, Bellingham
    Free on-site child care
    Call to reserve a spot for your child Contact Christine: 255-2056 ext. 1

    January 14
    Road Show on Transition to Adult Services
    5:00 pm
    Sehome High School
    2700 Bill McDonald Parkway For more information contact Beverly at 360-715-0170 X 306

    January 25
    Whatcom County Developmental
    Disabilities Advisory Board Meeting
    4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
    St. Luke's Education Center
    3333 Squalicium Parkway, Bellingham
    For more information contact
    Jessica at 360-676-6724 X 32014

    February 6
    Youth Self Advocacy Meeting
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham
    For more information contact
    Maureen at 360-715-0170X 302
    No January Meeting

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