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What Families with Special Needs Wish Their Pastors Knew

Last week Sandra Peoples published an article on Key Ministry’s blog entitled “What Special Needs Families Wish Their Pastors Knew”.   In that article, she shared five main points:

  1. We are lonely.
  2. We wish we could do more.
  3. We know you can’t control every church member’s reaction to our family, but you do set the example.
  4. How you talk about disabilities from the pulpit has an impact on us.
  5. The challenges we face as our children grow up change and evolve.

After sharing that article on LifeLine’s Facebook Group, Trish Cox wrote her own addendum to this article.

Meaningful Ministry for Those with Disabilities

Stephanie Hubach, author of Same Lake Different Boat, is also mom to Tim.  Stephanie took the month of October to share some thoughts about Down Syndrome and various ways that it has impacted Tim as well as ways Tim has effected people’s view of  the abilities of someone with Down Syndrome.

Post #8:  Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Meaningful Ministry

It is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking about “ministry to” instead of “ministry alongside” when we look at people with noticeable disabilities, like those in our lives who have Down syndrome. This “heads south” in so many ways–for all of us. We miss out on being ministered to in profound ways that capture our attention like nothing else. We miss out on the blessing of participating in God’s rich tapestry of unique gifts in the body of Christ. And, worst of all,

10 Ways to Show the Love of God to Families Touched by Disability

John 9:2-4 “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.”
These verses are the basis for this note. My husband and I are in a weekly Bible study (Same Lake Different Boat by Stephanie Hubach). That study focuses on disability, how it is viewed by the world, and how it is viewed by God. We have learned that disability is a normal part of an abnormal world. How should we view those touched by disability? How should we view all people? The answer to that is
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Family Support Funding Caps

For the last three years or so I have been hearing about families’ increasing difficulty accessing Family Support services. We have finally received a list of Family Support Priorities and their spending/funding caps on various categories. If you are eligible for Family Support services in 2016-2017 fiscal year, please review this document and determine exactly what/how much you need and prioritize your requests because funding amounts have decreased.  Family Support Priorities and Caps 2016-2017

If you have concerns about Family Support that are unresolved at the local level, the DIDD Regional Office Family Support Staff for the East Region is Pattie Hall 865-588-0508 x169 . Her email is

Addressing Behavior in the IEP

This month the United States Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services published a Dear Colleague Letter intended to help clarify the use of Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports in the IEP.  A copy of the guidance can be found here: Dear Colleague Letter-on-PBIS-in-IEPs–08-01-2016  Of course, as a governmental document, it was a little complicated, so they have also included a Stakeholder Summary (Dear Colleague Letter-on PBIS-in IEPs-Summary-for-Stakeholders–8-1-16) to make it easier to understand.

This guidance emphasizes

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thu1dec6:30 pm- 8:30 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible StudyA Bible study for families affected by disability and churches who wish to love them6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST 108 N. Jenkins Road, Rossville, GA 30741Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsBible,BIble Study,Church Disability Ministry,Disability,disability ministry,Fairview Baptist Church,Georgia,Rossville,Same Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Theology

sat10dec12:00 pm- 2:00 pmLadies Christmas DinnerChristmas Lunch with Other Caregivers12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST 1512 McBrien Road, East RIdge, TN 37412Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsCaregiver event,Christmas Dinner,Girls Night Out,Ladies Christmas Dinner,Stanley Heights Baptist Church