The Arc’s Parent Coalition to Host Legislative Coffee
Thursday, December 14th, 9:30am-12:30pm
The Arc’s Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham
It’s that time of year again! Our state is gearing up for a legislative session starting in January, and our federal legislators continue to work on issues that impact individuals with developmental disabilities. An important goal of the Parent Coalition is to provide the connections and resources for families to make their voices heard. The Annual Legislative Coffee provides a relaxed environment for people to meet their legislators face-to-face and communicate their experiences in a meaningful way. Prior to the coffee, there is an informational forum and guided discussion. Whether you are knowledgeable about the legislative process or completely new, this information is important to make the most of the opportunity with our legislators. The Legislative Coffee is a rewarding experience for families, self-advocates, community members, and legislators. Please join us, and let your voice be heard!
Due to limited space, please register by contacting Monica Burke: (360) 715-0170, ext. 303, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent to Parent Travels to Lynden
Topic: Parenting your Special Needs Child
Monday, November 13, 7-8:30pm
Fisher Elementary, 501 14th St, Lynden
Free childcare is available at our Monday Support Meetings. Please RSVP by Friday November 10 to reserve your spot. If you are bringing your child, please arrive 10 minutes early to the meeting to get them checked in with our Super Sitters.Contact us with any questions at email@example.com or (360) 715-0170 ext 302
Please join us for our Down syndrome Outreach Parent Support Meeting Tuesday, September 19th from 5:30-7pm. Our meeting topic will be Behaviors.
Please call or email us by September 8th if you would like free, onsite care for your family member.
You are welcome to join us for our Parent Coalition “Ask the Advocate” Workshop on Saturday, September 30th from 10am-2pm. We will be offering an Advanced Helping Parent Training. The topic is IEP Parent Partners Program.
Please join us for our Parent Support Meeting on Monday September 11th from 7-8:30pm. We will be having talking about schools and having a Q & A with Educational Advocates. Call or email by September 8th for free on-site childcare.
Hosted by The Arc with Parent to Parent
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016, 10am-2pm
The Arc of Whatcom County
2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited supervised care for family members is available on a first-come, first-served basis with RSVP by October 18th.
Did you miss the workshop?
Below are the resources that were provided:
- 8 Steps to Better IEP Meetings
- Advocacy Strategies
- Parent Input Form
- School Advocacy Resources
- School Glossary
- School Services Over 5
- Wright’s Law: 12 Rules for Writing Great Letters
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:
- 15 Things about Me
- All about Me (Autism)
- All about Me (Special Needs)
- All about Me
- All about Me Data Form
- Parent to Parent Coordinator – All about Me
- All about Me – article by Sharon Gretz
Provides information on Education Ombudsman.