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The Arc of Whatcom County


November 2014









Next week, The Arc's Parent Coalition will be hosting a workshop on Future Planning. Be sure to check out the details below and let us know if you plan to attend!


For additional events, click here to see 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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Tuesday, November 18th, 6-8pm
The Arc, 2602 McLeod Rd

Forms, forms, and more forms! What do you need to fill out (and when) to ensure your child's financial future?


We will present timelines and easy-to-use tips to make future planning as painless as possible.


Topics include: 

  • Guardianship reports to the court
  • Social Security
  • Representative Payee
  • Medicaid Personal Care
  • Special Needs Trusts


Please RSVP: 360-715-0170 ext. 303, Supervised care for family members is available if you RSVP by November 13th.




Wednesday, November 12


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




"Issues & Impacts of Mental Illness in our Community"

Saturday, November 15, 10am-12pm

(Doors open at 9:30am)

Bellingham Public Library, Central Branch 


"Mental illnesses account for more disability in developed countries than any other group of illnesses, including

cancer and heart disease." - World Health Organization  


This engaging program will enlighten participants about this critical community issue that is often little understood yet widely prevalent. Local experts will provide perspectives and information covering the following topics:

  •  What is the picture of mental illness in Whatcom County?
  • How does law enforcement interface with mental health? 
  • What diagnosis and treatment resources are available for individuals with mental illness?

Event sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Bellingham.





Friday, November 14, 12pm-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



The Autism Outreach Project offers an exciting schedule of workshops for the 2014-2015 school year designed to provide the tools and information necessary to effectively educate learners on the autism spectrum. Educators, parents, early childhood providers, and community members are invited to learn valuable information and strategies; network with other professionals and family members; and share resources, advice, and support.


Thanks to the Bellingham School District, several of the workshops will be offered in our local area through the use of interactive video conference with live presenters. There are reduced rates available for parents who wish to participate. Some of the upcoming workshops that will be offered in Bellingham include:

Thursday, November 20 - Emotion Regulation and Anxiety management in Autism. Crystal Gray, Ph.D. Click here to register.
Monday, December 8 - Addressing Challenging Behaviors in Students with Autism Using Positive Behavior Support (Beginning), Nancy Rosenberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D. Click here to register.

Open Forum: 

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 5-6pm

Larrabee Building

1409 18th St, Bellingham

The Family Partnership Program is seeking input in the visioning process for Bellingham Public Schools. The purpose of this initial meeting is for our advisory group to listen and learn about the supports, services and classes/workshops families would like to see offered in a Family Partnership Program. The program will be an alternative for students for whom a typical public, private, or home school setting is not a good option and will include a strong collaboration between parents, students, and Bellingham Schools. 
 RSVPs to this forum are encouraged but not required. To RSVP or for more info, call 676-6424. 

Applications accepted through November 14th,

so apply today!


Autism Speaks is thrilled to announce that the application for their annual iPad award program is now open. 1,176 iPad 4s will be given to financially disadvantaged individuals with autism. They are also including a Kraken A.M.S. case, by Trident Case with each iPad.


Eligible applicants are individuals who:

  • Have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder by a licensed professional
  • Reside in the United States
  • Have limited income and cannot afford to purchase an iPad

Grant Timeline:

  • November 10: Online Application Opens
  • November 14: Application Closes at 11:59PM EST
  • November 17-December 5: Review Committee Selects Recipients
  • December 9: Recipients Announced and iPads sent out!

How to apply:

Applications must be submitted by the person with autism, an immediate family member of the person with autism, or a licensed teacher, social worker or therapist. The Technology Grant Review Committee will review applications and select the iPad award recipients. All applicants selected to receive an iPad 4 will be contacted on December 9. If selected, the iPad will be shipped via UPS directly to the address provided with the application. Others will receive an email informing them of their status.


Click here to apply!



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