Growing a Healthy Special Needs Ministry: This is a mini-conference here in Raleigh sponsored by the Family Support Network of Wake County, with keynote Carlton McDaniel. I'll be there! Mark your calendar: 8am-12:30pm on October 27.
How to Reduce the Flow of Transfers Out: "Thirty-three percent of families changed their place of worship because their child with a disability was not included or welcomed into the life of the congregation. Of these families who left, some of them not only left their congregation, but left their faith tradition!" (This article includes links to several free resources from the Christian Reformed Church in North America.)
Counterculture is the cure: "The head of the body himself, Jesus, welcomed all the little children, noticed those in need, and reached out to those in isolation. So many times our churches speak against something, but what if our churches spoke for something; inclusion of all people, no matter their ability or outward appearance. Could we change the culture?"
Starting a Special Needs Ministry at Your Church: Gillian writes about the launch of her church's special needs ministry in the Chicago area.
A Great App for Helping Kids Learn the Bible: We haven't used this yet, but Rob shared it with me and I'll be writing a post on it soon!
Too High a Price: Why I Don't Do Behavior Charts: "Yes, behaviour charts can create a classroom full of raised hands, quiet voices, walking feet, please-and-thank-yous.
But a child’s dignity is too high a price to pay for criss-cross-applesauce."
Some of the Most Unreached People in the United States: "What if you found out that a specific group of families in your community were unreached with the gospel? What if I told you that families from this group regularly share stories with me about rejection from churches?"
Following Tragedy, Special Needs Hotline in the Works: "After hearing about an overwhelmed mother who killed her son and herself, concerned parents are creating a hotline for families of those with disabilities to turn to in times of need."
Seven Easy Ways to Help a Family Diagnosed with Autism: Or, really, with any other special need.
"Can't take much more of my child with special needs"... The person who prompted this post could be a member of your church who is too afraid to take off her mask of the supposedly perfect parent. Is your church a safe place for people to come for help if they're struggling with these sorts of emotions?