Ask the Advocate Workshop- Employment Panel

 Tuesday jobApril 18, 2017  ~ 6-8pm      

 The Arc’s Dan Godwin Community Center         

A panel of individuals, families, and vocational providers discuss the transition to employment, including inspirations, challenges, options, keys to success and more.   Come learn, share and collaborate with other families.

Please RSVP: 360-715-0170 x 303, or monicab@arcwhatcom.org  Supervised care for family members is available if you RSVP by April 14th. For Directions click here.

 

Ask the Advocate Workshop: Legislative Advocacy

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For family members, caregivers & community members.

Join us Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 6-8pm at The Arc’s Dan Godwin Community Center in Bellingham to learn about legislative advocacy.

At this workshop we will:

  • Highlight current legislative issues that impact individuals with developmental disabilities & their families.
  • Discuss how to share your experiences & 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!

 

Did you miss the workshop? Below are the resources we provided:

Being an Effective Advocate 2017

Make your voice heard 2017

Arc Hot_Tips_2017

Family Story Worksheet

Medicaid-LTSS-Fact-Sheet-2017

DPS-Fact-Sheet-Federal-Funding-Feb-10

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Social-Security-and-SSI-Fact-Sheet

Bills of Interest 3-19-17 + Hearings

Continuity of Care – Talking Points

Future of Medicaid 2017-03

Supported Living – A System in Crisis Position Paper updated for appropriations

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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. 

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

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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.