2017 Annual Membership Meeting

DSCN0512 Join us Wednesday May 24, 2017 from 5-7 pm at the Bloedel Donovan Park Multi-purpose Building.

We will be sharing progress updates and working together to create effective programs and inclusive activities. Your participation is crucial as we expand and improve our services. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Pizza and light refreshments will be provided. To make this event as accessible  as possible for families, childcare will also be provided.
Please RSVP by May 10th. 


  • Your membership helps to fund programs for local individuals with development disabilities, their families and organizations that serve them in Whatcom County.
  • As a member, you receive newsletters from the local Parent Coalition, The Arc of WA and The Arc of the US.
  • Your membership helps fund national research about the causes of developmental disabilities.
  • You receive information about special events, programs and opportunities sponsored by The Arc.

Together, we can help make sure that every person with a developmental disability has the opportunity and support to live the life he or she chooses. 


Down syndrome Outreach Spring Fling!

Connect with families in our local Down syndrome community, visit with friends, and enjoy a lovely afternoon, rain or shine! There will be activities and crafts, a potluck lunch, the fantastic playground and a toy & book exchange.

Please bring a potluck dish to share, if possible (last names A-M bring something savory; N-Z bring something sweet…or bring a favorite dish), and a gently used toy or book to exchange with your friends. Hot dogs and beverages will be provided.

Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there!

If you are interested in helping with the event, please contact Jessika: JessikaH@arcwhatcom.org or (360)715-0170 ext. 304.

This event is in an accessible location. For sign language interpreter service, assistive listening devices, or a communication material in any alternative format, please call Jessika 10 days in advance.
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Guardianship Workshop – March 18, 2014

Mom with Adult SonTuesday, March 18, 6-8pm at The Arc’s Dan Godwin Community Center, 2602 McLeod Rd

Join us for this workshop designed to expand your knowledge and get your questions answered by an experienced advocate. Topics will include: power of attorney, guardianship, special needs trusts and adult services.

Supervised care for family members is available if you RSVP by March 14: 715-0170 ext. 303, monicab@arcwhatcom.org.

The guardianship information helped me tremendously. I talked with Beverly at The Arc and filled out all the Planning Tools in the Future Planning Guide. I brought the completed forms to my first appointment with the attorney and she was very impressed! Thanks to The Arc’s support and the Future Planning Guide, my appointment with the attorney was short and sweet.

– Mother of 21-year-old with autism

Sprout Film Festival Coming in May!

Sprout Film Festival

The Arc of the United States has partnered with Sprout Film Festival to bring these beautiful and inspiring films to communities across the nation. The goal is an enjoyable and enlightening experience that will help break down stereotypes and promote a greater acceptance of differences and awareness of similarities.

By inviting your friends, family and colleagues to join you at this unique event, YOU can help promote respect, inclusion and understanding of people with disabilities. Thank you for your support!


NOTE: If you are unable to attend but want to help, please visit www.arcwhatcom.org or call (360)715-0170 to pledge your financial support or volunteer your time and talents.

Getting Started, Making Connections

Making ConnectionsDo you have a young child that has been involved in early intervention services, has developmental delays, or special healthcare needs? Come and connect with other parents and get to know the community resources that are available for your child and family. Topics will include early intervention, special education, Medicaid waivers, health insurance for children, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). You will also have the opportunity to meet local agencies who can provide assistance and support to your family.

This event is sponsored by The Arc, Parent to Parent, Taking Action/SEAS, and the Whatcom Infant and Children’s Council (WICC). For families needing special accommodations, please RSVP by February 10. Childcare is available if you RSVP by February 14: 715-0170 ext. 303, monicab@arcwhatcom.org.

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014, 6-8pm

St. Luke’s Health Education Center at 3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham