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The Arc of Whatcom County


September 2014

School Partnerships Workshop
Research Study for Adults with ASD
Autism Support Group
Volunteer Orientation
WSPTA Survey







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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Mark your calendar for the Strengthening School Partnerships workshop next week on the 16th. You won't want to miss this opportunity to meet the Whatcom County special education directors in a relaxed environment. Please RSVP, so we can plan accordingly. If you will need supervised care for family members, please let us know by noon on Friday the 12th.


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.


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Tues, Sept. 16, 6-8pm

The Arc

2602 McLeod Rd 


Invited special guests include the special education directors from across Whatcom County. This is a great opportunity to meet them in a relaxed environment and begin a healthy working relationship.


Learn effective strategies that parents and school professionals can use to improve the educational experience for children with developmental disabilities. Through this workshop, learn how to:

  • Develop and sustain positive relationships
  • Focus on the child's needs
  • Find win-win solutions


To help us prepare for the workshop, please RSVP: 360-715-0170 ext 303,


If you will need supervision for family members, please contact us by September 12th at noon.




Are you an adult with Aspergers, Autism or PDD-NOS? Do you ever wish research on the autism spectrum reflected YOUR attitudes, experiences, and opinions?




You are invited to participate in an online research study about the experiences and attitudes of individuals on the autism spectrum. Little is known about how adults on the autism spectrum think about themselves or their experiences. Little is also known about how individuals on the autism spectrum view the diagnosis. Your participation in this study may help advance understanding of the perceptions and experiences of adults on the autism spectrum.


To participate in this study, you need to:  

  • Be 18 - 25 years old
  • Have a diagnosis or identify with a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, or PDD-NOS
  • Be able to complete on online survey  

Participation in this study includes a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card.


To participate in this study, please use the following link:


Friday, September 12, 12-1:30pm

The Arc

2602 McLeod Rd


Join other parents and caregivers in a confidential setting for mutual support. For more information, contact Monica, (360) 715-0170 ext. 303, or





Monday, September 15, 5:30-6:30pm

The Arc

2602 McLeod Rd


Perhaps you have already volunteered a few times but want to learn more about The Arc and our various programs and opportunities. Or perhaps you have been considering getting involved and just need a little nudge? Then this fun and quick Volunteer Orientation is for you! Sign up to learn more about The Arc, our programs and how to get involved.


To RSVP, contact: Makenna, (360) 715-0170 ext. 205, or





The Washington State PTA - made up of every local PTA and PTSA in the state - was established as an advocacy organization more than 100 years ago.


Each fall, the association votes on a legislative platform; this then guides their legislative advocacy. This year, they are starting a new 2-year cycle with all-new issues.


Please take 5 minutes to rate the issues in the survey and select the five issues you believe should be their top 5 issues. Your responses will help guide the votes of delegates at Legislative Assembly. The survey can be found here: 


Thank you for using your voice on behalf of the children of Washington State!

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.