Workshop: Legislative Advocacy

6-8pm, Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

The Arc’s Dan Godwin Community Center

2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham

At this workshop, we will:

  • Highlight current legislative issues that impact individuals with developmental disabilities and their families
  • Discuss how to share your experiences and create stories to give to legislators
  • Give you opportunities to prepare a story to share with elected officials about education, support services, or the issue most important to you!

Please RSVP by March 17th: (360) 715-0170 x 303, or monicab@arcwhatcom.org. Supervised care for family members is available if you RSVP by this date.

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!
Please RSVP by February 16th: (360) 715-0170, ext. 303, monicab@arcwhatcom.org. Limited supervised care for family members is available on a first-come, first-served basis with RSVP by February 16.

Workshop: Guardianship

Guardianship & Alternatives
For parents & caregivers

Tuesday, November 15, 6-8pm
The Arc of Whatcom County
2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham

momwithadultsonA guardian’s role is to advocate for the rights of the person and help make the most of the person’s abilities, with as few restrictions as possible. A guardian may have substantial authority and duties to protect the person’s finances and health while minimizing the negative impact on the independence of the person. Join us as we discuss guardianship and alternatives to guardianship.
Please RSVP by November 10th: (360) 715-0170, ext. 303, monicab@arcwhatcom.org. Limited supervised care for family members is available on a first-come, first-served basis with RSVP by November 10th.

Did you miss the workshop?

Below are the resources that were provided.

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, monicab@arcwhatcom.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:

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:

 

Workshop: Safety and Sexuality

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016, 6-8pm

The Arc of Whatcom County

2602 McLeod Rd, Bellingham, WA 98225

CoupleKissingJoin us for an evening of tips for teaching safety awareness, strategies for difficult conversations on puberty and privacy, and techniques to develop communication ideas for healthy relationships. NOTE: This workshop is only for the adults (parents or caregivers). If your family member will be joining you, there will be supervised activities provided upstairs.

Please RSVP: (360) 715-0170 x 303, or monicab@arcwhatcom.org

Supervised care for family members is available if you RSVP by September 15.

Did you miss the workshop?

Here are the resource materials that were provided:

Building a Meaningful Life

Tuesday, May 17th, 6-8pm
The Arc of Whatcom County
2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham

HappyFamilyConnecting with community resources is often a trial and error adventure. Some activities may happen naturally, and others require work and perseverance. Families who have a son or daughter with a developmental disability are in the unique role of wearing multiple hats as a doctor, therapist, professional, bookkeeper, taxi driver, or any other skill needed to navigate this complex life. Join us as we make connections with parents and caregivers to build our knowledge and resources and discover tools and tricks for navigating life and increasing opportunities for involvement in the community.

Please RSVP by May 12th: (360) 715-0170, ext. 303, monicab@arcwhatcom.org. Limited supervised care for family members is available on a first-come, first-served basis with RSVP by May 12th.

DDA Applications Workshop

Tuesday, April 26th, 6-8pm
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 specific questions you 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!
Please RSVP by April 21st: (360) 715-0170, ext. 303, monicab@arcwhatcom.org. Limited supervised care for family members is available on a first-come, first-served basis with RSVP by April 21st.

March 15, 2016 – Parent Providers & ProviderOne

Tuesday, March 15th, 6-8pm
The Arc of Whatcom County
2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham

ProviderOne_logo-boxIndividual ProviderOne is an online, electronic system for managing your Personal Care hours. You will no longer get a monthly invoice or call in your hours. Individual Providers begin using Individual ProviderOne (IPOne) March 1, 2016. IPOne will replace the Social Service Payment System (SSPS) you currently use to claim for your individual provider hours. Please join us as we walk through the new system with verbal and visuals of the three methods to get paid.
Please RSVP by March 10th: (360) 715-0170, ext. 303, monicab@arcwhatcom.org. Limited supervised care for family members is available on a first-come, first-served basis with RSVP by March 10th.

Care Notebook Workshop – Nov. 17, 2015

Tuesday, November 17th, 6:00-8:00pm
The Arc of Whatcom County
2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham

It’s always a good idea to keep your child’s school and provider records in one place and in some kind of order. But sometimes those piles of paper get ahead of us.
Join us for an evening workshop to Get Organized! We will have Care Organizer files provided by Seattle Children’s Hospital, along with sharing ideas on how to stay one step ahead of the paper parade.
Just bring your paper records, and we will get organized together!
Please RSVP: 360-715-0170, ext. 303, monicab@arcwhatcom.org. Supervised care for family members is available if you RSVP by November 10th.

School and Family Networking Night – October 12, 2015

Special Education Directors from around Whatcom County are invited to participate in a question and answer session followed by breakout sessions for parents to participate in discussion on a variety of topics, which will include:

  • Getting Started in Special Education
  • Understanding Your Child’s IEP
  • Transition to Adulthood
  • Latino Family Supports
  • Self Care

Refreshments provided. Onsite childcare will be available to those who RSVP by October 8th. For families needing special accommodations, please respond by September 28th. For questions or to RSVP, please contact the Parent to Parent office at (360) 255-2056 or info@p2pwhatcom.org.

This event is co-sponsored by Parent to Parent of Whatcom County, The Arc of Whatcom County, Whatcom Infants and Children’s Council, and Whatcom Taking Action/SEAS.

Click below for the event flyer:

School Family Networking Night