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:
After sharing that article on LifeLine’s Facebook Group, Trish Cox wrote her own addendum to this article.
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,
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 Patricia.Hall@tn.gov.
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
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.