The Arc of Whatcom County

Parent Coalition E-alert:

March 2012   

In This Issue
FOCUS GROUP
CAREGIVER WORKSHOP
TRANSITION FAIR
END THE WORD
ICE SKATING

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Sen. Maria Cantwell

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Sen. Patty Murray

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40th District

 

Sen. Kevin Ranker

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Greetings!  

 

The upcoming weeks include inclusive and educational events for individuals of all ages. Please read below for more information. If you have any questions, contact Monica (360) 715-0170, monicab@arcwhatcom.org.

 

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

EARLY INTERVENTION FOCUS GROUP

Your input is needed this Sunday!

 

Every three years, the Whatcom County Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) is responsible for revising the plan on how Infant Toddler Early Intervention Services are provided in our county. To help the ICC make recommendations to improve services, they ask the parents of enrolled children (or recent graduates) to provide input about how things are working. Please participate in this unique opportunity and help to improve services for children in Whatcom County.

 

Focus Group on Early Intervention Services
2-4 pm, Sunday, March 4
Whatcom Center for Early Learning
2001 H Street, Bellingham, WA
Refreshments & Super Sitters Provided
RSVP: monicab@arcwhatcom.org, 715-0170 x303
(NOTE: Please let us know if you need childcare.)
"RECRUITING, TRAINING & MAINTAINING CAREGIVERS" WORKSHOP

Finding (and keeping) the right caregiver for your son or daughter can be challenging. Please join us for an interactive panel discussion to hear about strategies for success and local resources available.

 

6:30-8:00pm, Wednesday March 7
St. Luke's Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham
Contact Jessica: 676-6724 ext 32014
Sponsored by the Whatcom County Health Department

"BRING ON SPRING" DsO CARNIVAL

 Sponsored by Down syndrome Outreach (DsO) - a program of The Arc, "Bring on Spring" is a carnival for individuals with Down syndrome and their families and caregivers.

 

 "Bring on Spring" Carnival

1-3 pm, Saturday, March 10
 
Bloedel Donovan Park, Bellingham

Contact Makenna: 715-0170 ext 205,

makennap@arcwhatcom.org

 

THE ROAD SHOW

The Road Show provides information on the Adult Service System for individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and educators. The adult service system can be a challenging place to navigate, and this program gives 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 Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities Program, "Building a Life" for your son or daughter after they leave school.

The Road Show is presented by:

Jena Johnson, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

Scott Watling, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

Beverly Porter, Parent Advocate - The Arc of Whatcom County

Jessica Lee, Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities Program

 

For more information, contact your school district or Beverly with The Arc: (360)715-0170 ext 306, beverlyp@arcwhatcom.org.

SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD
End the Word
March 7th is this year's annual activation day for this exciting international campaign. You can join this important movement by visiting www.r-word.org and signing the "End the Word" pledge. Working together, we will help our community focus on people and their gifts and accomplishments and dispel negative attitudes and stereotypes. Thank you for helping make a difference!
FREE ICE SKATING EVENT
 
Saturday, April 14, 3:30-5 pm
Bellingham Sportsplex
1225 Civic Field Way, Bellingham

FREE event co-sponsored by Bellingham Sportsplex and Parent to Parent of Whatcom & Skagit Counties. Families are encouraged to bring bicycle helmets, warm coats, hats and gloves. SPACE is LIMITED. Please RSVP: (360)255-2056.

 

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, monicab@arcwhatcom.org.

  

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

www.arcwhatcom.org

360-715-0170

2602 McLeod Road

Bellingham, WA 98225

 

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