The Arc of Whatcom County Parent Coalition E-Alert
September 2010
Parent Coalition
City, County Issue Joint Proclamation

Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen and Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike have joined with The Arc in declaring October 2nd Down syndrome Awareness Day! Both officials will be on hand to open The Arc's 7th Annual Buddy Walk on October 2nd.

"People with Down syndrome are active participants in community life in Bellingham," Mayor Pike said. "I am pleased to join in celebrating the accomplishments of children and adults with Down syndrome, and in efforts to make other community members aware of these accomplishments as well as Down syndrome programs and issues."

Click here for a copy of the official proclamation.
Public Invited To Comment On County Services

There will be a meeting of the Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board on Monday, September 27. The meeting runs from 4:30 - 6:00 pm and takes place in the St. Luke's Health Education Center at 3333 Squalicum Parkway.

The meeting is open to the public and is an opportunity to receive up-to-date information on issues related to developmental disabilities, and to provide public comment on services provided by the Whatcom County Development Disabilities program. For more information, contact Jessica Lee at (360) 676-6724 ext. 32014.
Group Supports Fathers Raising Children With Special Health Care Needs

The Washington State Father's Network is hosting a conference on October 2, 2010 in Bellevue.

The Fathers Network provides up-to-date information and resources for fathers, family members, and care providers. Here you will find current news, press releases, and timely articles. Also please check out the EVENTS calendar for upcoming conferences, seminars, and other activities all designed to enhance your knowledge about the joys and challenges of children with special needs.

Contact Greg Schell at (425) 653-4296 or visit their website online for more information.
Feds Infuse Millions To Expand Respite Care

Caregivers of those with disabilities in 12 states, including Washington, will be getting some added relief soon, thanks to a slew of new federal grants to expand respite care.

The $2.25 million worth of grants will double the size of the Lifespan Respite Care Program. The program was established by Congress in 2006 to improve respite services for caregivers of those with special needs. The new grants will allow programs to be created in 12 states, including Washington.

In addition to increasing respite care options, the Lifespan program is designed to coordinate existing services and train new providers.

"Respite gives these caregivers a much needed break, allowing them to re-charge and then successfully continue in their caregiving roles," said Kathy Greenlee, assistant secretary for aging at the Department of Health and Human Services, which administers the grants.
The Arc of Whatcom County provides information and referrals, educational programs, and funding for people with developmental disabilities, their families and the organizations that serve them.

This E-Alert is made possible by funding from the Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities program.


US Legislators

Sen. Maria Cantwell
Phone: (202) 224-3441

Sen. Patty Murray
Phone: (202) 224-2621

2nd District

Rep. Rick Larsen
Phone: (202) 225-2605

State Legislators

42nd District

Sen. Dale Brandland
Phone: (360) 786-7682

Rep. Kelli Linville
Phone: (360) 786-7854
Rep. Doug Ericksen
Phone: (360) 786-7980

39th District

Sen. Val Stevens
Phone: (360) 786-7676

Rep. Dan Kristiansen
Phone: (360) 786-7967

Rep. Kirk Pearson
Phone: (360) 786-7816

40th District

Sen. Kevin Ranker
Phone: (360) 786-7678

Rep. Dave Quall
Phone: (360) 428-1023

Rep. Jeff Morris
Phone: (360) 786-7970

October 2010

2 Saturday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Down syndrome Outreach Buddy Walk
Fairhaven Village Green Park
1207 10th Street
Contact: 715-0170 x205

11 Monday
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Parent to Parent Support Meeting
Whatcom Center for Early Learning
Guest Speaker: The Arc of Whatcom County
Topic: Partnering with Schools
2001 H Street, Bellingham, WA
Contact: 255-2056 ext. 1

15 Friday
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Autism Support Meeting
The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Road
Contact: 715-0170 ext. 306

18 Monday
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Future Planning Workshop
St Luke's Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway
Contact: 715-0170 ext. 306

18 Monday
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Spin Dance
Max Higbee Center
315 Halleck Street
Contact: 778-7000

23 Saturday
10:00 a.m. - Noon
The Arc of Whatcom County Board meeting
The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Road
Contact: 715-0170 ext. 303

25 Monday
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board
St. Luke's Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway
Contact: 676-6724 ext. 32014

29 Friday
5:30 - 9:00 pm
Friday Fun Night
Bellingham Senior Center
315 Halleck Street
Open to all ages
Contact: 733-1828