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The Arc of Whatcom County


May 2013

Autism 205
Adaptive Cycle Expo
DsO Spring Fling
Nutrition and Diabetes
Transition Workshop







Sen. Maria Cantwell



Sen. Patty Murray



1st District

Rep. Suzan Delbene 

(202) 225-6311

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 Monday!


The Arc's May 2013 newsletter is in en route to everyone's mailboxes and features exciting updates on the film festival, workshops and upcoming community events. 


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


Thank you.  




Legal Planning for Individuals with Disabilities: Guardianship, Benefits and Estate Planning
7-8:30pm, Thursday, May 16
WWU Communication & Sciences Disorders Building
Instructors: Joshua Brothers, JD, and Christopher Henderson, JD
Autism 200 is a series of classes for parents and caregivers of children with autism. Faculty from Seattle Children's, the University of Washington and community providers teach the classes via teleconference. Each class is open to the public and includes time for questions.


Locally the classes are presented at Western Washington University Communication Sciences and Disorders AIC Building, 516 High Street, Bellingham. You must RSVP in advance. Contact Jessica: bowerj2@students.wwu, 509-638-8980.
11am-2pm, Saturday, May 18

Civic Field Stadium, Bellingham



Celebrate National Bike Month and discover why cycling is for EVERYONE! The Outdoors for All Foundation will be bringing a small fleet of adaptive cycles that will allow people of all abilities to enjoy cycling. Have a go on these unique bikes, which include hand-cycles for riders with limited or no leg movement; 3 - 4 wheel cycles for those who need more stability; and tandem cycles for those who want a guide while cycling. There will be cycles for kids and adults. The Outdoors for All staff is skilled at selecting the right type of bike to meet your needs.


This event is sponsored by Bellingham Parks & Recreation and St. Joseph Hospital Center for Rehabilitation Medicine and supported by everybodyBIKE.


For more information, email: or call: 778-7000.
12-3pm, Sunday, May 19
Fairhaven Park Pavilion
Come meet new families, reconnect with friends, and enjoy a wonderful afternoon with Down syndrome Outreach! There will be activities, food and the playground. Please bring a potluck dish (if possible) to share. Hot dogs and beverages will be provided. Everyone is welcome. If you are interested in helping with the event, contact Makenna: 715-0170 ext 205,

9am - 12pm, Wednesday, May 22
DDA Field Office, 1700 East Cherry Street, Seattle
2nd Floor, Lunchrooms A&B
Current information on nutrition issues for diabetes will be presented and active discussion and problem solving will be encouraged. This interactive session will include discussing challenging food related issues as well as how activity effects blood glucose management. Bring your questions and be ready to share.
Presented by Developmental Disabilities Administration, this workshop is designed for Service Providers of People with Developmental Disabilities - Community Residential Providers, Adult Family Home Providers. The instructor is Cindy Farricker, MS, Registered Dietician, Certified Diabetes Educator. You will receive three Continuing Education Approved Credits for this training.

To register, please email or call 206-568-5728.

"What's Next?"
Workshop & Breakout Sessions to
Prepare for Transitions for All Ages
6-8pm, Tuesday, May 28
St. Luke's Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham

The Arc of Whatcom County's Parent Coalition wants to help families feel more prepared for the various stages of education, resources, and organizations for individuals with developmental disabilities. Included in the workshop will be break-out sessions for different ages and stages. You will have the opportunity to meet professionals, as well as parents who have already experienced that stage, who will share their knowledge and helpful tips.


PLEASE NOTE: Childcare will be provided for those who RSVP by May 21st. For teens and adults, The Arc's Youth Self Advocacy group will have activities - so please bring your family member to take advantage of this unique opportunity! Please RSVP: 360-715-0170 ext 303, We look forward to seeing you and your family!


5:30-7:30pm * Thursday, May 30
The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham
We will be sharing progress updates and working together to create effective programs and inclusive activities. Your participation is crucial as we expand and improve our services.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Pizza and light refreshments will be provided. To make this event as accessible as possible for families, childcare will also be provided. Please RSVP (715-0170 ext. 200, by May 23rd so we can plan accordingly. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!