The Arc of Whatcom County

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Parent Coalition E-alert: July 2011

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We hope you and your family are enjoying a wonderful summer filled with moments of sunshine and relaxation. Below are some updates on important and fun events in our area.


If you need information or assistance, please contact Monica, Co-Coordinator of The Parent Coalition: (360)715-0170, ext 303,  


Come join the fun!


Families of children with Down syndrome are invited to this evening of fun in the park. Please note: Food and drinks will not be provided, so please bring your own picnic if you wish. 


Family Gathering & Picnic
5:30-7:30 pm, Wednesday, July 13
Berthusen Park
8837 Berthusen Road, Lynden


For more information, please contact Makenna: (360)715-0170, ext 205. Down Syndrome Outreach (DsO) is a program of The Arc of Whatcom County.


  • The next meeting for the Developmental Disability Advisory Board (DDAB) is Monday, July 25.
  • The Arc's Youth Self Advocacy (YSA) group will not meet in August.
  • The Arc Board of Directors will not be meeting in July. Starting on August 30th, the meetings will be held on the last Tuesday of the month from 10am-12pm.

For more information on upcoming events, please visit The Arc of Whatcom County's event calendar.


You've asked, and we've listened.
Beginning in August, The Arc of Whatcom County will be featuring monthly advocacy workshops to meet your busy schedules. Workshops will be held at The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center, 2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham. For more information, please email Monica or call 360-715-0170, ext 303.
Ask the Advocate
These workshops will help expand your knowledge on key issues and get your questions answered by an experienced advocate. The two-hour workshops will be held every other month on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm.

August 30: "Back to School"
Are you, your child and the school team prepared?
October 25: "Communicating through Technology"
How can technology help your child communicate and learn?
December 6: "I am 17 going on 18"
What do you need to know BEFORE your child becomes an adult? 

Coffee & Connections

This is a unique opportunity to have a relaxed visit with trained advocates and parents and receive support and information for your individual needs.
Phones and computers will be available to draft documents, complete forms or contact local agencies. Bring your latest advocacy project - your child's IEP, communication tool, letter for an elected official/
school administrator, etc.

"Coffee & Connections" will be held from 10am-1pm on the fourth Friday of every month. The first two sessions will be July 22 and August 26. Please stop in for as little or as long as you wish. 

Parent Coalition




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 Monica, Parent Coalition Co-Coordinator at (360)715-0170, x303,


This E-Alert is made possible by funding from the Whatcom County Health Department, Developmental Disabilities Program and the United Way of Whatcom County.


2602 McLeod Road

Bellingham, WA 98225


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