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Parent Support Meeting: A meeting for parents and caregivers of children with developmental delays, disabilities and on going health care needs
Open Topic: Parenting Your Special Needs Child
Parents and caregivers are welcome to join our free, confidential support meetings. We strive to provide a casual atmosphere while we share ideas, concerns, resources and encouragement. Come have a snack and connect with other parents.
Monday, July 8
7 – 8:30 pm
Arc of Whatcom County
2602 McLeod Rd.
For Sign Language and Spanish Interpretation, please contact us 2 weeks prior to the meeting. For supervised care, please contact us by Friday, July 5.
Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org 360-715-0170 ext 302
Who: Children in Bellingham with and without disabilities from ages 2-7.
All children must complete the Young Athlete Registration Form:
What: This event is a preview of what Young Athletes 8-week program is all about. Young
Athletes is an inclusive sports program for children with and without intellectual disabilities
and it is all free. The event will begin with an experience which includes rotations through
activities from the eight-week Young Athletes program. Following the experience, the My First
Sport Experience introduces children to the world of Special Olympics competition.
Where: Bellingham High School Outside Turf Field
2020 Cornwall Ave. Bellingham, WA 98225
April 11, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Why: It’s comprised of research-based activities that build social and motor skills while
engaging young children of all abilities. It’s also a great way to get young children introduced
to sports, Special Olympics, and to become unified with children of different abilities.
If interested or have any questions, contact Chloe Rosenfield at
206-909-6801 or email@example.com
Winter 2017 Newsletter
Padres a Padres Newsletter and Events
Our Padres a Padres Program brings together families who speak Spanish for a variety of events and activities. Meet other parents who share the unique experience of raising a son or daughter who experiences special needs. Would you like support or to make a connection with another parent?
Contact Marta at (360) 715-0170 ext 308 for more information and to get on the mailing list for the Padres a Padres newsletter. Join Padres a Padres del Condado de Whatcom on Facebook.
Boletín informativo y eventos de Padres a Padres
Nuestro programa Padres a Padres reúne a familias que hablan español para diferentes eventos y actividades. Conozca a otros padres que comparten la experiencia única de criar a un hijo o hija que tiene necesidades especiales. ¿Le gustaría recibir ayuda o establecer una conexión con otro padre?
Comuníquese con Marta al (360) 715-0170 ext 308 o firstname.lastname@example.org para obtener más información y para inscribirse y recibir por correo el boletín de Padres a Padres. Únete al facebook Padres a Padres del Condado de Whatcom.
Climb on Board!
Opportunity to visit Olympia and meet with your legislators!
The Arc of Whatcom County will be chartering a bus from Bellingham to Olympia to participate in the “Disability Pride” Legislative Advocacy Day on Wednesday, March 29. The bus will leave at approximately 7am for a full day in Olympia. Parents, self-advocates, and care providers are welcome to come at no cost to you. We will provide information and materials to help you understand the issues and share your story.
If you are interested in joining us, please email Monica at email@example.com or call (360) 715-0170, ext. 303, by March 21st to reserve your seat!
6-8pm, Tuesday, February 21
The Arc of Whatcom County
2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham
Do you have a child with developmental delays or disabilities,but aren’t sure what services are out there to help your child? Have you heard about DDA services, but are not sure what they are or how to apply? Have you wanted to apply for DDA services but just haven’t gotten around to it yet?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the workshop for you! Leslie Kivett, Eligibility Case Resource Manager for the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) will join us to tell us about DDA services. She will discuss the eligibility requirements for these services and the steps for filling out the application. Then we will have time to work on completing your child’s application and answer any specific questions you may have. Now is the time that new clients are being added to DDA services, so don’t delay! Join us for this important workshop and check one big thing off your to-do list!
Did you miss the workshop?
Below are the resources that were provided.
Adults with developmental disabilities are living longer, healthier, more meaningful lives. Dealing with aging, planning, and end of life issues with people with intellectual disabilities is a growing challenge and an opportunity to focus on relationships, connections, and community. Join us and a panel of family members as we share strategies, resources, and support.
Did You Miss The Workshop?
Here are the resources we provided.
The 2018 Smiles of Life Calendars are $15 each. Quantities up to 10 can be shipped to you or picked up at our office. Shipping costs will be added to your purchase. For quantities greater than 10, please visit us at The Arc: 2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham.
To purchase calendars, CLICK HERE.
Down syndrome Outreach Coordinator
The Arc of Whatcom County has an opening for a Down syndrome Outreach Coordinator. Down syndrome Outreach (DsO) is a program of The Arc of Whatcom County whose mission is to advocate for the rights, promote the potential and abilities, and create a supportive and inclusive community for people with Down syndrome, their families, and individuals whose lives include a person with Down syndrome.
This part-time position will provide support to families with individuals with Down syndrome; Coordinate family support events; Meet with newly diagnosed families with Down syndrome, or families new to Whatcom County, to offer information on resources; Collaborate with agencies serving children with special health care needs to ensure families of children who have Down syndrome are adequately served. This position is 5 hours/week with some seasonal variation related to larger events.
Qualifying candidates must be a parent, sibling or family member of an individual with Down syndrome. Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org . No phone calls please.
This position closes December 20, 2019.
Self Advocacy Coordinator
The Arc of Whatcom County has an opening for a Self Advocacy Coordinator. This part-time position provides support to and empowers individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to increase opportunities for meaningful choice in their lives. The Coordinator supports self advocates to understand their rights and responsibilities as participating members of their community, to learn to assertively communicate their needs, and to practice decision-making and problem solving skills. The Self Advocacy Coordinator will organize and facilitate monthly meetings, including identifying or developing curriculum to address self advocate needs and priorities, provide individual skill instruction & assistance in developing leadership and self advocacy skills, and ensure effective participation.
This position is 10 hours/week. Qualifying candidates must have experience working with individuals with development disabilities and must have knowledge &/or training in self-determination principles. Preference is for who are a sibling or family member of an individual with a developmental disability.
Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and resume to email@example.com . No phone calls please.
This position closes December 20, 2019.
Join the fun at The Arc’s Halloween Party!
Thursday, October 27th, 5-7pm
Bloedel Donovan Park Multipurpose Building
This is a free event sponsored by The Arc of Whatcom County and the Young Adult Self-Advocacy Group. Everyone is welcome!
There will be fun games and prizes for all to enjoy. Please dress in your costume and bring non-perishable food donations for the Bellingham Food Bank.
For more information, call (360) 715-0170. The Arc’s Young Adult Self-Advocacy Group (YASA) is helping sponsor this event. YASA is a group of young adults with disabilities who are developing advocacy and leadership skills. This party will be a great inclusive opportunity for children and adults of all different abilities to interact and have fun together! (Fully accessible location.)
Out of respect for all participants, we ask that you please leave all weapons and noisemakers at home. Thank you for your cooperation.