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Parent Coalition E-alert: December 2011   

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There are many informative events coming up this week and next. Please read below for more information. If you have any questions, contact Monica (360) 715-0170,


Thank you, and we hope you have a great week!  

Join us for this evening workshop designed to expand your knowledge and get your questions answered by an experienced advocate. Topics include power of attorney, guardianship, special needs trusts and adult services.

6:30-8:30pm, Tuesday, December 6
The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham
For information, call (360)715-0170, ext.303

To continue the discussion, The Arc will host a Coffee & Connections on Friday, December 9th from 10am-1pm. This is a "drop in" opportunity for you to stop by and  receive additional support and information.

Future Horizons Autism/Asperger's Conference

Friday, December 2

Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue


The event will feature three extraordinary, nationally-renowned speakers, including: Dr. Temple Grandin, the noted scientist who has autism and the author of The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's; Maria Wheeler, 20 year psychology, special education, and ABA fields specialist and the author of A Treasure Chest of Behavioral Strategies for Individuals with Autism; and Jennifer Mcllwee Myers, an accomplished writer who has Asperger's Syndrome and the author of How to Teach Life Skills to Kids with Autism or Asperger's.
Throughout the conference, there will be extensive resources available, as well as networking opportunities with other parents/caregivers, SLPs, OTs, PTs, ABAs, counselors, special education teachers, psychologists, physicians, social workers, etc., within the various ASD-related communities.
For more information, to register, and/or to download a (PDF) conference brochure, please visit: or call Future Horizons at 800-489-0727.


3rd Annual Whatcom County Giveathon

1-7pm, Friday, December 2, 2011

3990 Meridian Street (former Value Village site), Bellingham

Sponsored by the Whatcom County Association of Realtors


Each participating non-profit will have a table with educational materials about its cause, and many will have items to sell that make excellent holiday gifts. They have wish lists of specific items that they need including but not limited to food, diapers, coats, sleeping bags, etc. These wish lists are published on the website,


The Giveathon is free and open to the public. There will be a wide assortment of homemade holiday cookies, coffee, live music and a visit from Santa. Come enjoy the fun and support your community!


*The Arc of Whatcom County, Parent to Parent, Whatcom Center for Early Learning and Max Higbee Center are among the many participating non-profits.


Beyond Reasonable Accommodation:
Accessing Strengths to Create Belonging and Purpose
Saturday, December 3, 2011
St. Luke's Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway
(lunch provided)
Special Guest Speaker: Joe Erpenbeck, Director of ABCD Cincinnati
"How to Build a Community Based on Everyone's Gifts"

This event will be an opportunity to hear voices and stories of people often labeled with disabilities that have found ways to share their voices and unique gifts and how our community has benefited. Participants will respond to presenters through discussion about how we can expand on these stories and include everyone's skills and interests to benefit our community.  
The Arc's Holiday Open House
11am-1pm, Wednesday, December 14
2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham
Join the fun! Please bring a potluck dish to share, plus a non- perishable food item for our food drive to benefit the Bellingham Food Bank.

Parent to Parent Holiday Party
Co-sponsored by Down syndrome Outreach (DsO)
12-2pm, Saturday, December 10
Bloedel Donovan Park (Large Multipurpose Gym)
Please bring a potluck dish to share. There will be an appearance by Santa, crafts and fun activities.

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The calendars make great presents for family, friends, neighbors, therapists, teachers, nurses, doctors...and anyone else special in your family's life.

To order copies, please call 360-715-0170, ext 200.

NOTE: We ask for a $10 donation per calendar. If you wish to have it mailed, there will be a postage fee. Thank you for your support!
"Hunger Doesn't Take a Holiday"
The Youth Self-Advocacy is hosting another food drive to help the Bellingham Food Bank. Please support their efforts by bringing your non-perishables to The Arc, 2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham.
The next YSA meeting is Saturday, December 3rd from 10am-12pm. If interested in learning more, please call 360-715-0170.
YSA Community Project

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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