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

KATIE MCVAY CAMPBELL·FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016
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 Patricia.Hall@tn.gov.

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

Key Elements of Inclusion

“What is Inclusion?The term inclusion implies a certain educational placement philosophy, interdisciplinary team planning approach, instructional method and attitude.”

“Inclusion DOES NOT necessarily mean that a student never leaves the class and is never paired with another student who receives special education services. Rather, it means that the student is truly a member of a class and is valued as much as any other student in that school. Inclusion means that a student will receive the support needed in order to be an active participant, contributor, and learner in his or her class, grade and school.”

“Based on successful inclusive education experiences in Maryland, it is clear that a key element for success is planning and the most significant factor in building an inclusive educational setting is the vision and leadership of the building administrator.”

What else does it take promote educational inclusion?  In an inclusive school, what do students, parents, and staff members believe?  Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, and Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education prepared a list of 13 elements of inclusion.  Here are the first six:

Questions & Answers on Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Requirements of IDEA

When discussion of placement arises in an IEP meeting, often how much “inclusion” will be accessible for a student becomes a topic of conversation.  Where is “inclusion” in IDEA?  Is that term actually there?  Or is it a concept?  Least Restrictive Environment is the term IDEA uses to define placements.  The United States Department of Education, office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), published a guidance memo November 23, 1994 that answered these 10 common questions about Least Restrictive Environment.  (Keep in mind that this memo was issued before the two reauthorizations which may have changed the actual code references which were attached to the original IDEA).  Find the answers to all of these questions below.

  1. What are the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Requirements of Part B of IDEA?
  2. Does IDEA define the term “inclusion?”
  3. How can IDEA requirements be implemented to ensure that consideration is given to whether a student with a disability can be educated in the regular education environment with the use of supplementary aids and services before a more restrictive placement is considered?
  4. Does IDEA define the term “supplementary aids and services?”
  5. How frequently must a disabled student’s placement be reviewed under IDEA?
  6. If a determination is made that a student with a disability cannot be educated in regular classes with the provisions of supplementary aids and services, can school districts refuse to implement the student’s IEP in a specific class because of the unwillingness of a particular teacher to educate that student
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september

thu1sep6:30 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

tue6sep10:00 am- 1:00 pmVolunteer Advocacy ProjectParent Mentor Training for Those Who Want to Mentor Other Families10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112 Chattanooga, TN 37404 Event TagsParent Mentor Program,Parent Mentor Training,ParentLink,Vanderbilt,volunteer advocacy project

tue6sep6:30 pm- 8:00 pmParenting Intentionally for Independence: One Family's StoryParenting Intentionally for Independence: One Family's Story6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GAEvent Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsIndependence,Parenting,Parenting Education,Transition,Transition Planning

wed7sep12:00 pm- 1:00 pmLunch & Learn: Basic Rights - Advocating for Change in the IEPSpecial Education Basic RIghts & Responsibilities Part 312:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GA Event TagsAdvocacy,Advocacy Training,Basic Rights,Early Intervention,eligibility,IEP Contents,IEP meeting,IEP Team,Lunch & Learn,Parent Training,Requirements,Special Education Eligibility,Support Groups

thu8sep6:30 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

sat10sep9:00 am- 3:00 pmProject DOCC Parent Training 19:00 am - 3:00 pm 1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112 Chattanooga, TN 37404 Event TagsChattanooga,Children's Hostpital at Erlanger,Delivery of Chronic Care,Family Trainers,Pediatric Resident,Project DOCC,Resident Training,TCThomposon Children's Hospital

tue13sep10:00 am- 1:00 pmVolunteer Advocacy ProjectParent Mentor Training for Those Who Want to Mentor Other Families10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112 Chattanooga, TN 37404 Event TagsParent Mentor Program,Parent Mentor Training,ParentLink,Vanderbilt,volunteer advocacy project

tue13sep6:00 pm- 9:00 pmSpecial Education Basic Rights & ResponsibilitiesUnderstanding the Process to Special Education Services6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 1512 McBrien Road, East RIdge, TN 37412Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsBasic Rights,Deadlines,evaluations,IDEA,IEP Team,Individual Education Program,ParentLink,Related Services,Special Education,Special Education Eligibility,Special Education Law,Timelines,Workshop

thu15sep6:30 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

tue20sep10:00 am- 1:00 pmVolunteer Advocacy ProjectParent Mentor Training for Those Who Want to Mentor Other Families10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112 Chattanooga, TN 37404 Event TagsParent Mentor Program,Parent Mentor Training,ParentLink,Vanderbilt,volunteer advocacy project

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october

tue4oct10:00 am- 1:00 pmVolunteer Advocacy ProjectParent Mentor Training for Those Who Want to Mentor Other Families10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112 Chattanooga, TN 37404 Event TagsParent Mentor Program,Parent Mentor Training,ParentLink,Vanderbilt,volunteer advocacy project

wed5oct12:00 pm- 1:00 pmLunch & Learn: ADD/ADHD Part 1ADD/ADHD in the Classroom—Increasing Participation with Inclusion Strategies12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GAEvent Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event Tagsaccommodations,ADD/ADHD,Attention Deficit,Attention Disorders,Classroom,Modifications

thu6oct6:30 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

tue11oct10:00 am- 1:00 pmVolunteer Advocacy ProjectParent Mentor Training for Those Who Want to Mentor Other Families10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112 Chattanooga, TN 37404 Event TagsParent Mentor Program,Parent Mentor Training,ParentLink,Vanderbilt,volunteer advocacy project

wed12oct12:00 pm- 1:00 pmLunch & Learn: ADD/ADHD Part 2ADD/ADHD in the Classroom—Increasing Participation with Inclusion Strategies12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GA Event Tagsaccommodations,ADD/ADHD,Attention Deficit,Attention Disorders,Classroom,Modifications

thu13oct6:30 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

tue18oct10:00 am- 1:00 pmVolunteer Advocacy ProjectParent Mentor Training for Those Who Want to Mentor Other Families10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112 Chattanooga, TN 37404 Event TagsParent Mentor Program,Parent Mentor Training,ParentLink,Vanderbilt,volunteer advocacy project

tue18oct6:30 pm- 8:00 pmClassroom Accommodations & ModificationsClassroom & Homework Strategies for Children Who Learn DIfferently6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GA Event Tagsaccommodations,Accommodations & Modifications,Classroom,Classroom strategies,Homeschool,Modifications

thu20oct6:30 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

tue25oct10:00 am- 1:00 pmVolunteer Advocacy ProjectParent Mentor Training for Those Who Want to Mentor Other Families10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112 Chattanooga, TN 37404 Event TagsParent Mentor Program,Parent Mentor Training,ParentLink,Vanderbilt,volunteer advocacy project

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november

tue1nov10:00 am- 1:00 pmVolunteer Advocacy ProjectParent Mentor Training for Those Who Want to Mentor Other Families10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112 Chattanooga, TN 37404 Event TagsParent Mentor Program,Parent Mentor Training,ParentLink,Vanderbilt,volunteer advocacy project

wed2nov12:00 pm- 1:00 pmLunch & Learn: Communication, Negotiation & Conflict ResolutionAdvocating for Your Child without Becoming an Adversary12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GAEvent Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsAdvocacy,communication,Communication Skills,Conflict Resolution,IEP meeting,IEP Team,Negotiation,Standing Up for Your Child Without Stepping on Toes,Vicki Carauna

thu3nov6:30 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

tue8nov10:00 am- 1:00 pmVolunteer Advocacy ProjectParent Mentor Training for Those Who Want to Mentor Other Families10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112 Chattanooga, TN 37404 Event TagsParent Mentor Program,Parent Mentor Training,ParentLink,Vanderbilt,volunteer advocacy project

thu10nov6:30 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

mon14nov12:00 pm- 1:00 pmStress Free Kids During the HolidaysStrategies for Navigating the Holidays with Special Needs12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GAEvent Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsHolidays,Kids & Holidays,Stress Free

tue15nov10:00 am- 1:00 pmVolunteer Advocacy ProjectParent Mentor Training for Those Who Want to Mentor Other Families10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112 Chattanooga, TN 37404 Event TagsParent Mentor Program,Parent Mentor Training,ParentLink,Vanderbilt,volunteer advocacy project

thu17nov6:30 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

tue22nov10:00 am- 1:00 pmVolunteer Advocacy ProjectParent Mentor Training for Those Who Want to Mentor Other Families10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Suite 112 Chattanooga, TN 37404 Event TagsParent Mentor Program,Parent Mentor Training,ParentLink,Vanderbilt,volunteer advocacy project

thu24nov6:30 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

december

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