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The Arc of Whatcom County


July 2014

Autism 200
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We hope you are enjoying the warm weather and sunny skies!


There are several fun family activities in the coming weeks, along with an autism workshop and much more. Please see below for details. For additional events, click here for The Arc's community calendar or click on the left sidebar.


As always, we are here to help you. Please contact us anytime. Thanks much!


The Arc of Whatcom County 






Autism 206: Executive Functioning Skills -

What Are They and Why Are They Important?


7:00pm-8:30pm, Thursday, July 17

Instructor: Jim Corey, Washington Initiative for Supportive Employment, and Shaun Wood, MEd


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 Katey:





We have been hearing from families that they would like more opportunities to meet, play and talk with other families. So The Arc and Down syndrome Outreach are hosting two fun, casual "get-togethers" in August. We look forward to seeing you there! 


Playdate with The Arc

4-6pm, Monday, August 4

Cornwall Park (by the playground)


If you would like help with your children, please let us know by Wednesday, July 30th. Contact Christine: 715-0170 ext 305

Great opportunity to have fun, meet other families

and celebrate summer!



DsO: Meet Us at the Park!

5-7pm, Wednesday, August 13

Hovander Park, Ferndale


Just bring yourself, family and friends for an informal evening

with Down syndrome Outreach at Hovander Park.





Wednesday, August 13


Lynden, WA


Event is free for volunteers, participants, and spectators. This will be the first Exceptional Rodeo produced by Rascal Rodeo in the Lynden area and one of a dozen produced this year throughout the Pacific Northwest.


Volunteers are needed, no horse or rodeo experience required. Visit for more information.





August 23, 2014

Historic Flight Museum 

Everett, WA 


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


Visit to register or learn more.





Our state is facing a number of big systems changes, one of which is the conversion of the Individual & Family Services (IFS) program to a Home & Community-Based Services waiver.

The upcoming change, while good in terms of being able to serve more families, also comes with a new set of rules and some uncertainty as the state sorts through how to convert the program without drastically altering the parts that are working well for families.  


To Request IFS

If your son/daughter is on the No Paid Services (NPS) Caseload, call the NPS number nearest you (see below). Leave a message with your son/daughter's name. Ask for an assessment to enroll in IFS.


If your son/daughter receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and the idea of an unrestricted cash benefit would better meet his/her immediate needs, ask to be assessed for State Supplemental Program (SSP.) You can request enrollment in either program, but SSP has no wait list. SSP is a state funded cash assistance program for certain clients who the Social Security Administration determines are eligible for SSI.


No Paid Services toll-free Numbers
Region 1: (Spokane) 800-319-7116; (Yakima) 866-715-3646
Region 2 (Seattle) 800-974-4428: (Everett) 800-567-5582
Region 3: (Tacoma) 800-735-6740; (Olympia) 888-707-1202


If your son/daughter is not on the NPS caseload, but you want to apply for the IFS waiver, call your local DDA office and let them know that you would like an assessment for DDA eligibility.  Once you are assessed, you can ask to be placed on the IFS wait list.  


Your Input is Wanted

The IFS stakeholder workgroup is continuing to meet and provide recommendations on the new IFS waiver. Please send your thoughts and ideas about the new IFS waiver program to Ed Holen