Workshop: School Advocacy 101

Hosted by The Arc with Parent to Parent

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016, 10am-2pm
The Arc of Whatcom County
2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham

Girl (10-12) with Down syndrome in classroom

This training is designed for parents who want to learn more about how to effectively advocate within the school system for their child or to assist another family. We will cover: how to be an advocate, how schools work, IEP & IDEA basics, communication, and resolving conflict. School District Special Education staff will be invited for part of the training to give their perspective on effective strategies. You will also be able to create an “All About Me” book for your child’s teacher. You do not need to have previously attended a helping parent training in order to attend this workshop.

Please RSVP by October 18th: (360) 715-0170, ext. 303, Limited supervised care for family members is available on a first-come, first-served basis with RSVP by October 18th.

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Below are the resources that were provided:

We also discussed ways to create an “All About Me” book to share critical information about your child with your child’s teacher. Some examples are below:


Parent Support Meeting

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7-8:30pm, Monday, February 11

Arc of Whatcom County

2602 McLeod Rd.,Bellingham

Topic: Assistive Technology
Guest: Natalie Newman, Director of the Ershig Assistive Technology Resource Center

We will be talking about PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), Alternative and Augmentative Communication, Apps & Mobile Technology, and sharing options about different classroom and home supports. Assistive technology is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for those with developmental disabilities and delays.Would you like to connect with other parents on a similar journey? Join us for our confidential support meetings. To reserve a spot in our supervised care for family members, contact us at 360-715-0170 ext 302 or email by Friday, February 8.


September Support Meeting

featuredimage_blog_002-1024x427September Parent Support Meeting
A confidential meeting for parents and caregivers of children with developmental delays, disabilities and ongoing health care needs

Q & A: Back-to-School
Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs
7 pm – 8:30 pm Monday, September 10
The Arc’s Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Rd. Bellingham

Free on-site child care is provided to those who contact us by Friday September 7th. For special accommodations and interpreting services, please contact us 3 weeks in advance. Contact us at (360) 715-0170 ext 302 or

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