Padres a Padres Newsletter


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 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.

Advocacy Day

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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 or call (360) 715-0170, ext. 303, by March 21st to reserve your seat!

Workshop: Applying for DDA

6-8pm, Tuesday, February 21
The Arc of Whatcom County
2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham

writeDo 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.

Workshop: The Art of Aging Well

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.

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Did You Miss The Workshop?

Here are the resources we provided. 

Halloween Party

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.

Using Technology to Facilitate Social Interactions with the iPad

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm
The Arc of Whatcom County
2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham

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Kid with down syndrome playing on tablet.

Dr. Fletcher Scott, PhD, CCC/SLP, specializes in communication interventions for children and adolescents with autism and has worked in the field of autism for nearly 20 years in schools, homes, private clinics, and university-based programs. Dr. Scott currently provides evaluation and treatment services at the Sendan Center in Bellingham. His training, “Using Educational Technology to Facilitate Social Interactions with the iPad,” will focus on several programs, including OSMO and Ozobot.
Please RSVP by July 21st: (360) 715-0170, ext. 303, Limited supervised care for family members is available on a first-come, first-served basis with RSVP by July 21st.