Help! Puberty! – May 19, 2015

Talking with our children about the birds and the bees.

Tuesday, May 19, 6-8pm

The Arc’s Dan Godwin Community Center

2602 McLeod Rd, Bellingham

At this workshop, participants will learn positive, practical and realistic ways to help your and your child:

  • Prepare for and understand puberty.
  • Deal with mood swings, hygiene and periods.
  • Build awareness of privacy and safety.
  • Talk about relationships, touch and boundaries.

Please RSVP: 360-715-0170, ext. 303, monicab@arcwhatcom.org.

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Advance Care Planning – April 21, 2015

Advance Care Planning: For family members, caregivers and community members

Tuesday, April 21, 6-8pm

The Arc’s Dan Godwin Community Center

2602 McLeod Rd, Bellingham

If you don’t want to talk about dying, you’re not alone. Decisions about end of life care are deeply personal and can be difficult. These decisions may be complicated by concerns involving disabilities. Putting your wishes in writing is an empowering act and ensures that your choices and decisions will be honored. You’re invited to join us to start the conversation and face these issues together.

At this workshop participants will learn:
  • Why Advance Care Planning is important for you and/or your family member with developmental disabilities
  • How to choose someone to be your Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (your Health Care Agent)
  • How to talk to your loved ones and doctors about preferences for end-of-life care
  • How to complete and file your Advance Directive paperwork

This workshop is presented by staff and trained volunteers through Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA) End-of-Life Choices.

Please RSVP:

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

Supervised care for family members is available if you RSVP by April 16th.

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Special Needs Trusts – February 17, 2015

Special Needs Trusts & The New ABLE Act

Tuesday, February 17, 6-8pm

The Arc’s Dan Godwin Community Center

2602 McLeod Rd, Bellingham

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Presented by Barry Meyers from the Elder Law Offices of Barry M. Meyers

A Special Needs Trust can allow individuals to enhance their quality of life through trust assets while retaining government benefits. There are several different Special Needs Trusts which can be created depending on the origin of the assets that may be used to fund the trust. Please join us for this informative workshop to learn more.

Please RSVP: 360-715-0170, ext. 303, or email monicab@arcwhatcom.org. Supervised care for family members is available if you RSVP by February 12th.

Safety & Wandering – January 20, 2015

6-8pm at The Arc’s Dan Godwin Community Center

wandering childDoes your family member often wander or run off? Are you concerned for his or her safety? Do you want to know what options are out there to keep him or her safe? We will have parents and professionals available to provide safety tips and discuss their experiences with various options.

Please RSVP: 360-715-0170 ext. 303, monicab@arcwhatcom.org. Supervised care for family members is available if you RSVP by January 15th.

Future Planning – November 18, 2014

6-8pm at The Arc’s Dan Godwin Community Center

formsForms, forms, and more forms! What do you need to fill out (and when) to ensure your child’s financial future?

We will present timelines and easy-to-use tips to make future planning as painless as possible.

Topics include:

  • Guardianship reports to the court
  • Social Security Representative Payee (view handout) 
  • Medicaid Personal Care
  • Special Needs Trusts

Please RSVP: 360-715-0170 ext. 303, monicab@arcwhatcom.org. Supervised care for family members is available if you RSVP by November 13th.

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

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