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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

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“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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Project DOCC Parent Training

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  • What is Project DOCC?

    What are the components of Project DOCC?

    What are the responsibilities of a Parent Trainer?

    How specifically can my story be used to train a pediatric resident?

The Parents Advisory Council of Children's Hospital at Erlanger began almost 10 years ago with the goal to improve care at Children’s Hospital.  As part of this initiative, Project DOCC (Delivery of Chronic Care), a resident training program, was re-launched at the hospital recently.  Veteran DOCC parent trainers and LifeLine will be preparing the parents who will ultimately be training the residents though Children’s Hospital’s PAC/DOCC program. If you feel that you have some experience raising a child with special health care needs, are willing to share your journey to benefit others, and would be interested in being an advocate in this way, please contact me. We are currently actively recruiting potential families for pediatric resident trainers.

You can learn more about Project DOCC by watching this short summary: Project DOCC

New parents, plan to join us on Saturday, October 25th, for the initial parent training as we develop new Parent Trainers for 2015!  Lunch will be provided.

Contact person: Lisa Mattheiss 423-622-4007Children's Hospital at Erlanger logo

Register online at

Print flyer here. Project DOCC Training





Price: Free Event

Date: October 25, 2014

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

Available Spaces: 20

Volunteer Advocacy Project Parent Mentor Training/Certification Program - Week 8

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: October 27, 2014


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

Available Spaces: Unlimited

FamilyShare TN: Dinner's Done

Emily cooking supperEver wondered how in the world to feed your family nutritious meals that don’t take forever? Do you think planning or preparing ahead would help, but have no idea how or where to start? Join mom of five Kelly Reynolds as she talks about ways to shortcut your meal prep, saving time and money.    Want to go home with Dinner Done!? Pay $100 by October 18th and you’ll also be able to join other moms in preparing and taking home 5 meals (that will feed at least 6 and sometimes more) ready to freeze or cook for your family! (That’s 30 meals which means it costs less than $3.35 per meal.  That's less than a Happy Meal!)  Kelly will even be bringing her own Pampered Chef products for you to use. Don’t miss this opportunity to gather with other moms in the kitchen and prepare delicious and healthy meals for your family!**            .

These meals are DAIRY FREE and GLUTEN FREE!

Meals You Will Make:

  • Chicken Fajitas
  • Chicken Teriyaki
  • Pork Tenderloin w/ Cherry Balsamic Sauce
  • Chili/Taco Soup
  • Shredded Chicken w/ Multi Options for Flavors


Kelly ReynoldsKelly Reynolds is a busy mom of 5 children under the age of 7, four of which have special needs. A former special education teacher, Kelly understands the life of busy working moms. She uses Pampered Chef products to help streamline her family’s meal preparation.


(The $100 fee covers all food, Pampered Chef Pantry Products, etc. that you will be using for the meals. Make checks payable to LifeLine, Inc. Funds must be paid by October 18th in order to participate.)  

Print a flyer FamilyShare - Reynolds - 10-27-14


Price: $100.00

Date: October 27, 2014

Stanley Heights Baptist Church
SHBC 1512 McBrien Road
East Ridge, Tennessee
37412 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 10