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Parent Coalition E-alert

December 2012

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Sen. Maria Cantwell



Sen. Patty Murray


2nd District

Rep. Rick Larsen


42nd District


Sen. Doug Ericksen



Rep. Vincent Buys



Rep. Jason Overstreet



40th District


Sen. Kevin Ranker



Rep. Kristine Lytton



Rep. Jeff Morris


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Happy December! We hope you are enjoying this festival holiday season and enjoying all the sweet moments.

Below are a few reminders on upcoming events and valuable information on the federal budget issues. If you have any questions or need support, contact Monica (360) 715-0170, ext 303,




GREAT OPPORTUNITY to learn the latest legislative updates, meet your legislators and make your voice heard! You don't want to miss this event!
The Arc's Parent Coalition Legislative Coffee
9:30am-12:30pm, Wednesday, December 5th
The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham  
An important goal of the Parent Coalition is to provide the connections and resources for families to make their voices heard. The Annual Legislative Coffee provides a relaxed environment for people to meet their legislators face-to-face and communicate their experiences in a meaningful way.
We are excited to announce that this year we also will have representation from our federal officials, in addition to some of our state legislators.

Prior to the coffee, there is an informational forum* and guided discussion. Whether you are knowledgeable about the legislative process or completely new, this information is important to make the most of the opportunity with the legislators. (*Monica Burke, The Arc's Parent Coalition Co-Coordinator, is at a statewide advocacy meeting today getting the latest updates. She will be sharing this information at the forum.)
Due to limited space, please register by calling Monica at 715-0170, ext. 303 or emailing
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At the 2011 Legislative Coffee, Representative Jason Overstreet (pictured on the far left) listened to families and discussed the government's tightening budget and impact on our community.

 Protect Disability Programs
in End of Year Budget Decisions


Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and other programs that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) rely on are at risk for cuts during end of the year budget decisions.

In the last year and a half, many advocates and The Arc of the United States succeeded in helping to protect Medicaid in last year's deficit reduction law, the Budget Control Act (BCA). Now there is mounting pressure to find an alternative to cuts mandated by the law. And the clock is ticking, as many tax provisions expire at the end of the year.  The expiring tax cuts, coupled with BCA mandated cuts, may put the country over what is called the "fiscal cliff". Learn more about the fiscal cliff by reading Deficit Reduction: What Disability Advocates Need to Know. 
Want to make your voice heard?
Click here to take action.
Parent to Parent Family Holiday Party
12-2pm, Saturday, December 8
Bloedel Donovan
2214 Electric Avenue, Bellingham

Come join other families of children with developmental differences, delays, and ongoing health care needs for a fun holiday celebration.

Bring a dish to share and enjoy arts/crafts, sensory activities, connections with others, and a visit from/photos with Santa. For more details, call the Parent to Parent Office (360) 255-2056 or email
This event is co-sponsored by Bellingham Parks and Recreation and
Down syndrome Outreach, a program of The Arc of Whatcom County.
calendar 2013
Looking for a unique holiday gift for a teacher, therapist, doctor, nurse, friend, bus driver, neighbor (just about anyone special in your family's life)?
Well, problem solved!
The beautiful, inspiring Smiles of Life 2013 Calendars are now available to order on The Arc's website: (We would appreciate a $10 donation per calendar.) Thanks for your support!
fbIf you haven't already "liked" The Arc of Whatcom County on Facebook, please do! AND share with your family and friends! This is a simple way to keep connected and learn the latest happenings in the disability community. Added bonus: There are LOTS of cute photos from the Halloween Party...enjoy!
Click here to check it out: