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The Arc of Whatcom County


February 2014

"Getting Started" Workshop
Legislative News
DsO Coordinator
Autism Support Group
Everett Fly Day







Sen. Maria Cantwell 



Sen. Patty Murray 



1st District

Rep. Suzan Delbene  

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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 "one day early" Valentine's Day!


There is an upcoming workshop (next Wednesday, February 19) that will be incredibly helpful for families of young children. See below for more details.


Also, please note that February 18th is the deadline for bills to pass in our State Legislature. Please see below on how you can learn more and 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


What Families of Young Children with

Developmental Disabilities Need to Know


6-8pm, Wednesday, February 19

St. Lukes Health Education Center

3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham


Do you have a young child that has been involved in early intervention services, has developmental delays, or special healthcare needs?


Come and connect with other parents and get to know the community resources that are available for your child and family. Topics will include early intervention, special education, Medicaid waivers, health insurance for children, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). You will also have the opportunity to meet local agencies who can provide assistance and support to your family.


This event is sponsored by The Arc, Parent to Parent, Taking Action / SEAS, and the Whatcom Infant and Childrens Council (WICC). Childcare is available if you RSVP by February 14: 715-0170 ext. 303,


For a copy of the workshop flier, click here. Please share with other families...thank you! 



Your Representatives need to hear from you now! 
Take Action!
Deadline for bills is 5 pm Tuesday, Feb 18th 
Although we are in a short legislative session, there are quite a few bills concerning developmental disability issues that need to be voted on in the House of Representatives. Bills must pass by 5 pm on February 18th. Please click here and contact your Representatives right away to let them know which bills you would like them to support or oppose.



Exciting Opportunity!


The Arc of Whatcom County has an opening for a Down syndrome Outreach (DsO) Coordinator. The mission of DsO is to advocate for the rights, promote the potential and abilities, and create a supportive and inclusive community for people with Down syndrome and their families.


This is a part-time position and will include the following responsibilities:

  • Provide support to families with individuals with Down syndrome
  • Coordinate family support events
  • Meet with newly diagnosed families with Down syndrome and families new to Whatcom County
  • Offer information on resources
  • Collaborate with agencies serving children with special health care needs to ensure families of children who have Down syndrome are adequately served

Qualifying candidates must be a parent, sibling or family member of an individual with Down syndrome. Applicants must submit a letter of interest and resume by February 18. Email: or mail to: The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center, 2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham, WA 98225.




Friday, February 14, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham
For more information, contact Monica:, call 360-715-0170, ext 303.


Registration has now opened!


Challenge Air builds self-esteem and confidence of children and youth with specials needs, through the experience of flight.

Since 1993, Challenge Air has enriched the lives of children and youth with special needs through its unique aviation programs. Challenge Air's mission reflects the life-changing impact the flight experience has on children, families, donors, sponsors and communities as a whole.

With a network of nearly 3,500 volunteers nationwide, volunteers serve as pilots, ground crew, fundraisers, planning committee members and in numerous other capacities. As Challenge Air continues to grow and add more programs across the country, its mission will remain true: to continue to provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to special needs children and youth through the gift of flight.


For more information or to register, click here.

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