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The Arc of Whatcom County


January 2014

Support Meetings
Autism 200 Series
Autism Workshop
iPad Workshop
FACES Meeting







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 New Year! We hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season and are starting 2014 with great energy and hope!


The January newsletter is currently in the mail to families and community members. To have a digital copy, please click here. We encourage you to share this newsletter with others who would be interested. This legislative issue includes contact information for local and federal legislators, advocacy day dates and helpful information on how to get involved and make a difference. Remember, it can take just minutes a week to make your voice heard!

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Monica: 360-715-0170, ext. 303 or
The Arc of Whatcom Team
Parent to Parent Support Meeting

Monday, January 13, 7-8:30pm 

WCEL, 2001 H Street

Contact Christine: 255-2056, ext 1


Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA) will present current information on the WA State Healthcare Marketplace and Affordable Care Act to help answer any and all of your questions.

Onsite childcare is available for those who RSVP by Friday, Jan. 10.  

Contact Christine at 255-2056 ext 1

or email to register.


 The Arc's Autism Support Group

Friday, January 17, 12-1:30pm

 The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center

2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham

Contact Monica:  715-0170, ext 303,



Want to expand your knowledge and understanding of autism?


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.


PLEASE NOTE: You must RSVP in advance. Contact Jessica: bowerj2@students.wwu, 509-638-8980.


Autism 201: State of Autism in 2014

7:00pm-8:30pm, Thursday, January 16

Instructor: Bryan King, MD, Director,

Seattle Children's Autism Center


For more information, visit The Seattle Children's Autism Center's website:

Fostering Independence and Engagement in Children with Autism 
Educators and parents often struggle to promote engagement and independence in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Children with ASD may demonstrate significant issues with off-task behavior and prompt dependency.  In this interactive workshop, participants will learn a variety of strategies to facilitate engagement and increase independence.  Self-management, prompt-fading strategies, activity schedules, and other practical, evidence-based tools will be covered.  

Wednesday, January 15
 8:30am - 3:30pm
NWESD, 1601 R Avenue, Anacortes
Registration Fees: Professionals $90 / Parents $30
 Presenter:  Nancy Rosenberg,  Ph.D., BCBA-D
Autism and Positive Behavior Support Specialist
Visit or call 1-888-704-9633
 for information on classes and video conference participation.   




Communication & Assistive Technology

6-8pm, Tuesday, January 21

The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center

2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham


ipadPresenters will include Missy Bartel and Amy McKinley. Missy is a speech therapist and owner of Connections SLP, a leading speech therapy clinic in Whatcom County since 2000. Amy is a parent of a child with developmental disabilities who uses his iPad for communication. The focus of this workshop will be communication apps, as well as how to incorporate all assistive technology into school, work and home.


Please RSVP: (360) 715-0170 ext. 303,

Supervised care for family members is available if you RSVP by Friday, January 17th.



Do you know about the local summer camp

for children and young adults with autism?


FACES Northwest is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation founded and operated by parents of children with autism in Whatcom County. They conduct an eight-week therapeutic recreational day camp in July and August for children and young adults with autism from ages 5 through 21.


Campers are exposed to community involvement, independent living skills, academic enrichment and positive social relationships using evidence-based strategies. The camp works in partnership with school districts to offer an Extended School Year (ESY) program, targeting the specific needs of autistic children and young adults according to their Individual Educational Plan (IEP). Each camper is teamed with a one-on-one instructional assistant in order to maximize their potential for success.


For more information on FACES camp, costs and applications, please visit:


You can also attend the upcoming meeting on Wednesday, January 29 from 6:30-8pm at St. Luke's Community Health Education Center

3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham


NOTE: If you are planning to enroll your child in this camp, this is a mandatory meeting for at least one parent/guardian per child.