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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This is featured below, as well as in our March newsletter.


To kick off DD Awareness Month and help support and expand The Arc's programs and services, we have initiated a "Circle of Support." Your financial support would be greatly appreciated!


If you have any questions or need support for your family, please contact The Arc's Parent Coalition Coordinator, Monica Burke: 360-715-0170, ext 303, monicab@arcwhatcom.org.


Thank you. 





What Can I Do?

There's a lot you as an individual can do to raise awareness about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in our community.


And since March is I/DD Awareness Month, that's the perfect time to do your thing - we encourage you to pick at least one idea from the list below and make that your personal effort to raise awareness during March.

  • Jump in and get involved! Contact The Arc of Whatcom County (360-715-0170, admin@arcwhatcom.org) to volunteer or donate. (The Volunteer Orientation on Wednesday, March 20th is a great opportunity to get involved. See below for more info.)
  • Spread the word. Post on Facebook about the issues facing people with I/DD that are most important to you. Talk about your personal experiences or the experiences of someone you know and love. And, tell the world what you would like to see change! 
  • Get a group of co-workers, friends and/or neighbors to attend the The Arc's National Sprout Film Festival -Tuesday, April 23 at The Pickford Film Center in Bellingham.
  • Talk to your employer about their practices for recruiting and hiring people with I/DD. Many employers don't realize just how much an employee with I/DD can contribute to the workplace.
  • Support businesses that employ people with disabilities and make sure they know you noticed.
  • Since many people with disabilities rely on publicly funded services to fully participate in their communities, policy makers need to understand the importance of continued services in the face of budget cuts during tough economic times. Contact your state and federal legislators and share your experiences.

$10, $15...or even $100


  circle of support 
The Arc has initiated a "Circle of Support" - a group of dedicated friends like you whose monthly contributions will provide a consistent, reliable income stream. This will be an incredibly efficient way to support The Arc and help us expand our programs. We hope we can count on your support.
Recurring Circle of Support donations will allow us to focus more resources on our advocacy and services and less on fundraising. Please consider one of the following levels:
  • $15 each month can help our Parent Advocates provide one-to-one advocacy in challenging work, employment or health care situations.
  • $25 each month can help cover the cost of keeping you and our other members and supporters informed about developmental disability services and public policy changes that may impact you or your loved one.
  • $50 each month can help our small but mighty team prepare parents for school IEP meetings and attend right alongside them.
  • $100 each month can help fund more educational workshops and activities for individuals with developmental disabilities, families and community members.
To join our Circle of Support, please visit: www.arcwhatcom.org
 or call 360-715-0170. One-time gifts are also greatly appreciated. Thank you for your generous support and commitment to making a difference. Together we can help everyone reach their potential!
  Sensory Processing in Students
with Autism Spectrum Disorders
8:30am - 3:30pm, Thursday, March 7
NWESD, 1601 R Avenue, Anacortes

Registration Fees: Professionals $90, Parents $30

Presenter: Jane Zielske, OTR/L - Tacoma Public Schools 


NOTE: This workshop will also be available at the Bellingham School District via videoconferencing. Click HERE to register and select "Bellingham SD" as the location.


   To register, contact 1-888-704-9633, autism@nwesd.org
or visit online: www.nwesd.org/autism.     
12-1:30pm, Friday, March 8
The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham
Contact Monica, 360-715-0170, monicab@arcwhatcom.org    
Bob Wallin Insurance is a local company who generously supports non-profits in Whatcom County. They are currently running a contest and the winning non-profit will receive $1,500. As we are a small, part-time agency, this financial support would be greatly appreciated!
Will you please take a minute and vote for The Arc today? (Just click on the link below...and please share with family and friends too.) Thanks so much!
Volunteer Orientation
12pm-1pm, Wednesday, March 20th
The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham

Perhaps you have already volunteered a few times with The Arc but want to learn more about the various programs and opportunities available.


Or perhaps you have been considering getting involved and just need a little nudge?


Then this fun and quick "Get to Know The Arc" Volunteer Orientation is for you! There are so many exciting things happening with The Arc and we would love for you to be a part of it.


The volunteer orientation will be held from 12pm-1pm on Wednesday, March 20th. (If you are at work during that time, feel free to bring along your lunch and learn about The Arc at the same time.)


For more information or to sign up, please contact Christine: (360) 715-0170 ext 305, christines@arcwhatcom.org. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you soon!