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Camp Koinonia Outdoor Education Program

Camp Koinonia“Camp Koinonia is an outdoor education program for children  ages 7-21 who have multiple disabilities. The program was developed in 1977 at Virginia Tech as part of a class with the primary purpose of providing a meaningful, experiential learning opportunity for university students while involving children and young adults, some with severe disabilities, in outdoor activities that they would not be able to do otherwise.

Employment with a Disability: Benefits to Work

If you are hesitant about pursuing work goals because of concerns about your benefits, Benefits to Work can help at absolutely no charge to you!

Are you currently getting benefits and interested in returning to work?

Benefits-to-Work LogoOur Mission Statement:

To promote self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities by alleviating significant obstacles faced when going to work including concern about healthcare coverage and others benefits.  Our experts have years of experience with Social Security employment supports such as Ticket to Work and will provide in-depth analyses of benefits and guidance. We equip those we serve with tools to make informed decisions about their financial circumstances and courage to pursue career goals.

What will happen to your benefits such as:  Social Security,TennCare/Medicare, Foodstamps, Families First,Subsidized Housing,Veterans benefits, and/or others?  Benefits to Work, a program of Tennessee Disability Coalition and the Center for Independent Living of Middle Tennessee (CIL-MT) can help you find the answers.  Our counselors are conveniently located in a town near you.
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Bachman Academy

Bachman-Academy“Bachman Academy serves students with learning differences, like Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD),
Asperger’s/Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/ Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD, ADD), who learn best in a non-traditional environment that is challenging, achievement-oriented and individualized.

The mission of Bachman Academy is to empower students who have learning differences to develop the skills and values necessary for success in our global community.

Highlights of the core academic program include:

The IEP Team Process

IEP Team Process Video Series
IEP season is upon us.  Everyone seems to be preparing for their IEP meetings.  Educators and parents alike are planning the document that will provide the guidance for their child’s education into the next school year.  Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center has created some good video explanations of the IEP Process.  As you watch, keep in mind that not all of their forms will be identical to Tennessee or Georgia’s forms, but the federal laws they discuss will be the same.

Supports, Modifications, and Accommodations for Students

“For many students with disabilities—and for many without—the key to success in the classroom lies in having appropriate adaptations, accommodations, and modifications made to the instruction and other classroom activities.”

Emily on computer at school“Adaptations, accommodations, and modifications need to be individualized for students, based upon their needs and their personal learning styles and interests.  It is not always obvious what adaptations, accommodations, or modifications would be beneficial for a particular student, or how changes to the curriculum, its presentation, the classroom setting, or student evaluation might be made. This page is intended to help teachers and others find information that can guide them in making appropriate changes in the classroom based on what their students need.”

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FamilyShare TN: Standing Up For Your Child Without Stepping on Toes

Standing Up For Your Child Without Stepping On Toes

Standing up For Your Child Without Stepping on Toes
(Communication/Negotiation/Conflict Resolution Strategies)*

Advocating for a loved one’s medical, educational, or other needs? How do you advocate without losing perspective? Need help with Communication, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution? Join us!

There are three characteristics that parents reflect when communicating. Which one are you? Come and find out!

Would you like to learn how to better communicate what your loved one needs? Does your child have a medical or educational plan that is not being carried out and you want to know what steps to take? If you answered yes, then this workshop is designed for you! Come and learn about your part in your child's special education, including the skills you need to work with the schools in the development of an appropri...ate education program (IEP) for your child and the process to follow if you are having difficulties making the special education system work. Discuss will also help those families who are caring for a sibling or parent as well.

FamilyShare is LifeLine’s monthly Support Group Meeting open to families regardless of their child’s diagnosis or age. Join us for a quiet meal, listen to a representative from a local resource share

Meal deadline is 4/19/15.

– Partially based on the book Standing Up for Your Child Without Stepping on Toes by Vicki Carauna.
-- Partially based on a STEP, Inc.'s Communication/Negotiation/Conflict Resolution Workshop.

Price: Free Event

Date: April 27, 2015

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

Available Spaces: 28

Special Education Basic Rights Workshop

stack_of_booksSpecial Education Basic Rights Workshop

This workshop is designed for parents of children receiving special education services or that might need special education services. Come and gain a working knowledge of special education laws, including your role as a parent in the development of an appropriate education program (IEP) and how to be an effective partner with the school team in the process. If you have recently received a diagnosis or have a child just transitioning from the early intervention program into the school system, this workshop will be especially helpful.  This parent training event is the foundation for all of the other special education law trainings that LifeLine provides. While this is designed for families, educators and professionals are always welcome.

  • Eligibility
  • Evaluations
  • Team Members
  • Time Lines
  • IEP Development
  • Related Services
  • Preparing for an IEP Meeting


Register by contacting LifeLine at 423-622-4007 or e-mail registration You can also now register online !


Price: Free Event

Date: April 30, 2015

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

Available Spaces: 21

FamilyShare TN: Topic TBD

Topic to be determined


Price: Free Event

Date: May 18, 2015

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

Available Spaces: 40