The Arc of Whatcom County

Parent Coalition E-alert:

August 2012   

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Below is information on upcoming family workshops, including the iPad 101 Workshop, and activities in our area.


Please don't forget to vote in the primary election, which is August 7th. This is your chance to make your voice heard. For more information on the candidates, click here to visit The Arc of Washington State's election advocacy page. This includes the candidates' answers on issues relevant to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.


If you have any questions or need support, contact Monica (360) 715-0170, ext 303,


Thank you, and we hope you have a wonderful week enjoying the beautiful sunshine!  


(Support for family members provided)

Come learn the basics of the iPad!


Tuesday, August 7

 The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center

2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham


This workshop is designed for people who are very new to the world of iPads and want to learn how  an individual with developmental disabilities could benefit from the educational and social features. "Should I buy one? What features does it include? Will it work for my family?" Note: there will be future workshops for the more advanced iPad users.

To support families and their access to information, we are going to be providing supervised support and activities for family members (of all ages) in a separate room. If you will be bringing a family member, you need to RSVP by Monday at 4pm and also arrive 15 minutes early to the workshop.


Please RSVP to Monica: 715-0170, ext 303, (If you have an iPad, please bring it with you.) 



The Arc is hosting a PIZZA PARTY and you are invited!

Wednesday, August 15
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Cornwall North Picnic Shelter
(right by the spray park)

Pizza and beverages will be provided by The Arc. If you are able, please bring a potluck dish to share. For more information, contact Makenna: (360)715-0170 ext. 205,


In the upcoming Parent Coalition newsletter, we will featuring a back to school article and would love to include your helpful advice to other parents.
Is there something you have done that has worked really well for your family member to become comfortable with a new class or new teacher? Any tricks for the bus ride or make lunchtime enjoyable?
Please email or call 360-927-0099, ext. 309 with your ideas. Thanks very much!
Parent to Parent Family Swim Social 
Saturday, August 25, 6:30-8:30pm
Arne Hanna Aquatic Center
1114 Potter Street, Bellingham

Come join other families of children with developmental disabilities/delays for a fun time in the pool. Children under 7 must have an adult with them in the pool. (Call P2P for a list of Super Sitters if you need some extra help in the pool).
For more information or to RSVP, contact Karlene 360-255-2056, ext. 3, or email

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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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