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Orange Grove Centers

Orange Grove Centers LogoOrange Grove Centers is a private, non-profit organization serving adults and children with developmental disabilities. Orange Grove was established in 1953 by families of children with intellectual disabilities in Hamilton County, TN, who desperately needed educational services. 

Chattanooga Speech & Hearing Center

Speech & Hearing Center Logo

“The Speech & Hearing Center was established in 1953 to serve children and adults with communication disorders. For 60 years, the organization has strived to ensure that all individuals with speech or hearing impairments have access to the services and equipment they need, regardless of their ability to fully afford services. To this end, we provide free screenings for early identification, in partnership with a variety of area childcare centers and youth-serving nonprofits.

Siskin Children’s Institute

Siskin logo“At Siskin Children’s Institute, our goal is to make life better for children with special needs and their families. Founded in 1950, Siskin Children’s Institute is a non-profit organization based in Chattanooga, Tennessee that helps children with special needs, families and professionals through four areas of focus: education, outreach, health care and research. 

Chattanooga Autism Center

CAC logoChattanooga Autism Center  is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and a parent/advocate-driven center providing lifespan support and services for people with autism spectrum disorders and for their families. The center also serves as an advocacy resource and builds awareness about autism in our region.

31 Days of Supporting the Special Needs Family

Together – Katie, Kathryn, Sara, and I want to see the walls separating the special needs community from the rest of the world fall down. We want to see bridges built and friendships forged. We want to see churches and communities step up their game to rally around the parents of special-needs children.

Over the course of the next 31 days, we will be hearing from Kathryn, Sara, and Katie – as well as several other special needs moms and dads. We will be highlighting several different diagnoses (not just autism). We will speak about the intense challenges that these families face (financial considerations, marriage struggles, and more). We will discuss what factors build walls between the special needs community and others. We will talk about how those walls can come down and how these families can get more support from their friends, family, churches, and communities. Join us?

To read the 31 blog posts with valuable insights from parents, friends, and others, go to

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Volunteer Advocacy Project Parent Mentor Training/Certification Program - Week 9

For the last five or six years, LifeLine has sponsored the Chattanooga group of participants for Vanderbilt's Volunteer Advocacy Project. This "semester" they have changed the times to daytime sessions. This is a comprehensive 11-week training to be held in the fall starting September 8th. The specific dates are: Sept 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17. The training will be held on Monday mornings for 3 hours... beginning at 8:00am (CST) and ending at 11:00am (CST) and, in Eastern Tennessee, the training begins at 9:00am (EST) and ends at 12:00pm (EST).

Meet new friends as you equip yourself to advocate for your own child and learn how to help other parents advocate as well Certify to be a mentor through VAP this fall!

Register online at the VAP Application

Price: Free Event

Date: November 3, 2014


LifeLine, Inc. 1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112
Chattanooga, TN
37404 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

NWGA Transition Academy

What happens when the school bus stops coming? This is an important question for a student or individual with disabilities and their family. Don’t wait until the bus stops coming to plan for how a student will spend their day and the rest of their life. In Tennessee transition planning should start well before a student is 16 and should continue until plans and outcomes that result in the individual continuing to live, learn, play, and contribute in their community in a way that they are happy and supported or protected as necessary.

The Transition Academy is for students and individuals with disabilities and the family, teachers, Vocational Rehabilitation staff, members of their circle of friends, and other professionals who care for and about them and wish to learn more about how to support them as they become adults.

Presenters, including students and individuals with disabilities, will share information about how to assist those attending as they think about answer such questions as:

  • What services and supports now provided by the school will no longer be available?
  • What changes at age 18?
  • Where and how does someone get adult services?
  • Why is it important to make plans early?
  • What role does the family, school and other providers play in planning?
  • What are the timelines and rules of the adult service delivery system

    • Social Security
    • Vocational Rehabilitation
    • Medicaid Waiver?

Conference breakout sessions specifically for families, educators, and students as well as a comprehensive Resource Fair are the hallmarks of LifeLine’s Transition Academy.  This event is open to parents, educators, and professionals as well as community partners. from Walker, Catoosa, Dade, Trion City, and Chattooga, Whitfield, and Dalton City Schools are invited.

Price: Free Event

Date: November 6, 2014

Georgia Northwestern Technical College - Walker County Campus
265 Bicentennial Trail
Rock Spring, GA
30739 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

RoadTrip to the Accessible Kingdom Conference

LifeLine will be taking a roadtrip this fall to  The Accessible Kingdom Special Needs Ministry Conference
November 7 - November 8, 2014
Briarwood Presbyterian Church
JAF Jackson and MNA Special Needs Ministry will be teaming up to host a disability ministry conference in Birmingham, AL. The conference is called “The Accessible Kingdom” with the theme verses of Isaiah 61:1-3. There will be conference tracks for professionals, family members, church leaders, and outreach opportunities.FRIDAY AFTERNOON: Pre-Conference Event for Pastors & Disability Ministry Leaders (Cost $25.00)

FRIDAY EVENING: Community Concert Featuring Lori Sealy (Donation)

SATURDAY: All-Day Conference with over 40 workshops (Cost: Early Bird Rate - $75.00 each for individuals, $60.00 group rate until October 31, 2014. November 1, 2014, cost is $95.00)

Keynote Speakers
Emily Colson, Author of Dancing with Max
Stephanie Hubach, Director of MNA Special Needs Ministry

Contact: Cheryl Erb for information specifically about the conference activities.
Contact Lisa Mattheiss for information about transportation or signing up to go with LifeLine's group/group rate.

Register here and we will contact you about how to get registered for the conference with our group rate!


Price: $60.01

Date: November 7, 2014

Briarwood Presbyterian Church
2200 Briarwood Way
Birmingham, AL
35243 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited