The Arc of Whatcom County Parent Coalition E-Alert
January 2011
Parent Coalition
Make Your Voice Heard!
January 27, 2011
Whatcom County Courthouse
4:30 - 5:30 pm


People First and the Washington state Developmental Disability Council will be holding a vigil highlighting some

of the fundamental services placed at risk as part of the budget choices facing legislators.


All are welcome


A FREE Workshop by The Social Security Administration for all ages


What Is Social Security Disability?


Ask Questions About Retirement & Survivor Benefits.


Understand How to Get the Most from the Program

February 10th 
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
St Lukes Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway

 This event is free but space is limited.

Please RSVP to: Marissa Seko,
Whatcom SHIBA Coordinator
Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access





Children's Advocacy Centers in Washington State provide hope and healing to over 4500 victims of child abuse each year.


Children's Advocacy Centers are safe, child-appropriate places where children receive forensic interviews, advocacy, and access to medical care, therapy, and other services designed to help them heal from trauma. Approximately 72% of the 4500 children who are seen through Children's Advocacy Centers each year are under the age of 12; 38% are age six or under. 

The Governor's budget for the 2011-2013 biennium eliminates funding for Children's Advocacy Centers, placing critical services to over 9000 children at risk over that two year period.  

To share your concerns about these cuts, you can:

STEP 1: Contact Governor Christine Gregoire:

STEP 2: Contact Susan Dreyfus, Secretary of Department of Social and Health Services

STEP 3: Contact Denise Revels Robinson, Assistant Secretary, Children's Administration

STEP 4: Contact your local legislators. 



The Parent Coalition of the Arc of Whatcom County provides information and education to individuals with developmental disabilities, their caregivers, families and the community by responding to requests for assistance. We provide 1:1 support and serve as a resource to increase understanding of the developmental disability service system and special education system.  


 For information and assistance, contact Beverly Porter, Parent Coalition Coordinator at (360) 715-0170, x306 or via email to  






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. 








U.S. 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. Doug Ericksen


Rep. Vincent Buys


Rep. Jason Overstreet


40th District

Sen. Kevin Ranker

Rep. Kristine Lytton



Rep. Jeff Morris


January 2011


21 Friday

12:00-2:00 pm

Autism Support Group

Movie: Temple Grandin

The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center

2602 McLeod Road

Contact Beverly:

715-0170 ext. 306


24 Monday

4:30-6:00 pm

DD Advisory Board Meeting

St Lukes Health Education Center

3333 Squalicum Parkway

Contact Jessica:

676-6724 ext 32014


29 Saturday

10:00 am-Noon 

The Arc of Whatcom County

Board of Directors Meeting

Dan Godwin Community Center

2602 McLeod Road

Contact Emily:

715-0170 ext. 305


February 2011


5 Saturday

10:00 am-Noon

Youth Self Advocacy Group

The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center

Contact Maureen:

715-0170 ext 302


7 Monday

7:00-8:30 pm

Parent to Parent

Support Group

2001 H Street, Bellingham

Contact Christine:

255-2056 ext 1


10 Thursday
3:00-4:30 pm
Social Security Workshop
 St Lukes Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway
Contact Marissa:

18 February

  Noon - 1:30
  Autism Support Group
   The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Road
 Contact Beverly:
 715-0170 ext. 306


21 Monday
6:00-8:00 pm (NEW TIME!)
Spin Dance
Bellingham Senior Center, 315 Halleck


26 Saturday 

Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 am-Noon
The Arc of Whatcom County
Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Road
Contact Emily:715-0170 ext. 305