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The Arc of Whatcom County


April 2014

Autism Awareness
Transition Fair
Autism Workshop
Research Project
Brews Day Brunch







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Sen. Patty Murray 



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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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April 2014 Newsletter



We hope you are enjoying the April sunshine!


Not only are we celebrating the arrival of Spring, but this month is also Autism Awareness Month. Please see below for more information.


The April newsletter was mailed at the end of last week. For an electronic copy, please click here.


If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Monica: 360-715-0170, ext. 303 or

The Arc of Whatcom Team


To highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, April is designated as National Autism Awareness Month. This is a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.



To learn more about autism, therapies, workshops, life stories and more, here are websites of three national autism resources:

Autism NOW:

Autism Society:

Autism Speaks:

To read more about the latest CDC report (1 in 68 children being identified with autism spectrum disorder), visit:






 "A World of Possibilities" life after school


 Thursday, April 17


St. Luke's Health Education Center

3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham



The transition fair is for students with disabilities, families, educators, and interested community members. Everyone (especially middle and high school aged students) who is interested in planning for the future is welcome to attend!


Come and learn about: housing options, recreation, advocacy, employment and vocational supports, guardianship, community/tech colleges, Social Security, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), and Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). The event is sponsored by The Whatcom County Division of Developmental Disabilities Program, DVR, DDA, and The Arc of Whatcom County.


For more information, call 360-676-6724 ext. #32014.



(Presented By Seattle Children's Hospital)

The Ins and Outs of ABA

Thursday, April 17


Western Washington University

Speech-Language Clinic  



You are now able to see these classes in Bellingham thanks to Children's video and teleconferencing outreach program. Autism 200 is a series of 90-minute classes for parents and caregivers of children with autism who wish to better understand this disorder. Faculty from Seattle Children's, the University of Washington and community providers teach the classes.


PLEASE NOTE: Two students have volunteered to help coordinate this series. Please email them if you plan to attend by April 15th - even if a parking permit is not needed.









Survey PhotoYour input is needed!


Whatcom Taking Action and Heather Christensen, a student at Western Washington University, are seeking insight into how the systems of care and support are working for children with special healthcare needs and their families.


They are looking for families to participate in short informal interviews about your experience finding and receiving care for your children. They want to learn what has been helpful and what needs to be changed. 


There will also be a workshop on April 29th from 5:30-7:30pm at The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center. The goal will be to gather data from families on building a system of care map for Whatcom County.


Every parent will have the opportunity to create their own care map that will illustrate and connect the various providers for their children. This is a powerful visual tool to help parents understand the magnitude of their "team" (and why it seems so overwhelming at times) and to show others as well.


Parents get a Fred Meyer gift card for participating in either of these activities. If you would like more information or to participate: contact or Monica at 715-0170 ext: 303

HURRY, limited number of slots available! 



Max Higbee Center's Brews Day Brunch

Sunday, April 27


Boundary Bay Beer Garden


Max Higbee has expanded their April Brews Day event to create a more family friendly connection to the fundraiser: Brews Day Brunch. The goal is to create an inclusive event where the community can be more involved with Max Higbee members, so the more families and individuals attend the better!


Enjoy a heaping plate of hot food (for only$10!), bluegrass music by Tear Jerkers and Moongrass, and win raffle prizes for Max Higbee and April Brews Day merchandise.


For more info, visit  


PLEASE NOTE: The information contained in this email is for informational purposes only and should be evaluated by each recipient for content accuracy and applicability. Some articles are provided only to educate about a variety of perspectives on issues. It is not intended to represent the viewpoint of The Arc of Whatcom County.