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Lessons from A Different Path

Crystal Horner, Chattanooga, TN

On January 2nd, 2008 I woke up in a hospital room with a small view of the rising sun. I had been up earlier that night giving birth to my first child. Hudson James Horner was born a bit abruptly as I had gotten an upper respiratory infection and had been sick for several days. That morning I felt time slow down enough for me to enjoy the momentous reality that every new mother wants to remember.

I knew I had been sick and I knew it was hard to breathe; I also knew my newborn was whisked away to the NICU because he was born premature. I only got to give him a small kiss before he left.

Alternative Options Resource List

Many of us are in the same boat.  We are raising children with special needs.  The problem is, they didn’t come with a manual and there are things that happen with them that we can’t explain, medicine can’t explain, and mainstream medicine can’t always cure.  Our purpose at our last FamilyShare support group meeting of 2016 was to share some potential solutions and possible alternative product options.

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

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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january

sat7jan8:00 am- 4:00 pmCandle Sale at Chattanooga Scale Model ShowFundraiser for LifeLine8:00 am - 4:00 pm EST 1100 Carter Street, Chattanooga, TN 37404Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsCandle,Candle Closet,Chattanooga Scale Modelers,fundraiser

mon9jan1:00 pm- 5:00 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness ProgramFirst Responder Training Course1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST 3200 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406 Event TagsDisabilities,Emergency Medical Personnel,EMTs,Fire Department,First Responders,Police Department,Skyler Phillips,SNAP,special needs,Special Needs Awareness Program

tue17jan1:00 pm- 5:00 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness ProgramFirst Responder Chief Training Course1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST 3200 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsDisabilities,Emergency Medical Personnel,EMTs,Fire Department,First Responders,Police Department,Skyler Phillips,SNAP,special needs,Special Needs Awareness Program

mon23jan1:00 pm- 5:00 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness ProgramFirst Responder Training Course1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST 3200 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406 Event TagsDisabilities,Emergency Medical Personnel,EMTs,Fire Department,First Responders,Police Department,Skyler Phillips,SNAP,special needs,Special Needs Awareness Program

thu26jan6:30 pm- 8:30 pmFamilyShare GA: Regulating EmotionsTOPIC: Ways to Help Your Child Regulate Emotions6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GAEvent Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsBehavior,Behavior Strategies,Emotions,Regulating Emotions

mon30jan1:00 pm- 5:00 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness ProgramFirst Responder Training Course1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST 3200 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406 Event TagsDisabilities,Emergency Medical Personnel,EMTs,Fire Department,First Responders,Police Department,Skyler Phillips,SNAP,special needs,Special Needs Awareness Program

mon30jan6:30 pm- 8:30 amFamilyShare TN: Language Based Learning ChallengesEducational Solutions for Writing and Language Based Learning Disabilities6:30 pm - 8:30 am 1512 McBrien Road, East RIdge, TN 37412 Event TagsDysgraphia,Language Based Learning Disabilities,Learning Disabilities,Specific Learning Disabilities

tue31jan6:00 pm- 8:30 pmADD/ADHD WorkshopADD/ADHD At Home and in the Classroom6:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST 2195 Burning Bush Road, Ringgold, Georgia 30736Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsADD,ADD/ADHD,ADHD,Attention Deficit,Attention Dissorders,Education,Hyperactivity,Special Education

february

mon6feb1:00 pm- 5:00 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness ProgramFirst Responder Training Course1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST 3200 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406 Event TagsDisabilities,Emergency Medical Personnel,EMTs,Fire Department,First Responders,Police Department,Skyler Phillips,SNAP,special needs,Special Needs Awareness Program

wed8feb8:00 am- 2:00 pmHamilton County Principal TrainingSupport Principals in their Understanding of Students with Special Needs8:00 am - 2:00 pm EST Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event Tags504 Plans,Hamilton County Department of Education,HCDE,IEP Development,Principals,Response to Intervention,Seizures,Staff Training,training

mon13feb1:00 pm- 5:00 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness ProgramFirst Responder Training Course1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST 3200 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406 Event TagsDisabilities,Emergency Medical Personnel,EMTs,Fire Department,First Responders,Police Department,Skyler Phillips,SNAP,special needs,Special Needs Awareness Program

mon20feb1:00 pm- 5:00 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness ProgramFirst Responder Training Course1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST 3200 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406 Event TagsDisabilities,Emergency Medical Personnel,EMTs,Fire Department,First Responders,Police Department,Skyler Phillips,SNAP,special needs,Special Needs Awareness Program

wed22feb12:00 am- 1:00 pmLunch&Learn: Executive Function WorkshopExecutive Function: What Is It? How Does it Affect My Child?12:00 am - 1:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GA Event Tagsaccommodations,Coping Strategies,Dysgraphia,Dyslexia,executive function,Learning Disabilities,Modifications,Specific Learning Disabilities

mon27feb1:00 pm- 5:00 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness ProgramFirst Responder Training Course1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST 3200 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406 Event TagsDisabilities,Emergency Medical Personnel,EMTs,Fire Department,First Responders,Police Department,Skyler Phillips,SNAP,special needs,Special Needs Awareness Program

mon27feb6:30 pm- 9:00 pmSpecial Education Basic Rights & ResponsibilitiesUnderstanding the Process of Special Education Services6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GAEvent Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsBasic Rights,Deadlines,evaluations,Georgia,IDEA,IEP Team,Individual Education Program,ParentLink,Related Services,Special Education,Special Education Eligibility,Special Education Law,Timelines,Workshop

march

mon6mar1:00 pm- 5:00 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness ProgramFirst Responder Training Course1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST 3200 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406 Event TagsDisabilities,Emergency Medical Personnel,EMTs,Fire Department,First Responders,Police Department,Skyler Phillips,SNAP,special needs,Special Needs Awareness Program

wed8mar8:30 am- 12:00 pmTransition Academy - Northwest GeorgiaWhat Do We Do After Graduation?8:30 am - 12:00 pm EST 265 Bicentennial Trail, Rock Spring, GA 30739

thu9mar6:30 pm- 8:30 pmSpecial Needs Trust & Estate Planning WorkshopConservatorship, Guardianship, & Long Term Care6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GA Event TagsBattleground Financial,Conservatorship,Cumberland Trust,Guardianship,Jeffery Babb,Martin Pierce,Pierce Law Firm,Special Needs Trust

fri10mar12:45 pm- 2:45 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness Program Presentation @ SEEMSDA ConferenceSouth East EMS Directors Agency Training Conference12:45 pm - 2:45 pm EST Chattanooga, Tennessee Event TagsEMS Training,SEEMSDA,SNAP,Southeast EMS Directors Agency Conference,Special Needs Awareness Program

sat11mar9:00 am- 3:00 pmTransition Academy - TennesseeWhat Do We Do After Graduation?9:00 am - 3:00 pm EST 4320 Bennett Road, East Ridge, TN 37412Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc.

mon13mar1:00 pm- 5:00 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness ProgramFirst Responder Training Course1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST 3200 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406 Event TagsDisabilities,Emergency Medical Personnel,EMTs,Fire Department,First Responders,Police Department,Skyler Phillips,SNAP,special needs,Special Needs Awareness Program

mon20mar1:00 pm- 5:00 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness ProgramFirst Responder Training Course1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST 3200 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406 Event TagsDisabilities,Emergency Medical Personnel,EMTs,Fire Department,First Responders,Police Department,Skyler Phillips,SNAP,special needs,Special Needs Awareness Program

mon27mar1:00 pm- 5:00 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness ProgramFirst Responder Training Course1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST 3200 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406 Event TagsDisabilities,Emergency Medical Personnel,EMTs,Fire Department,First Responders,Police Department,Skyler Phillips,SNAP,special needs,Special Needs Awareness Program

april

mon3apr1:00 pm- 5:00 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness ProgramFirst Responder Training Course1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST 3200 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406 Event TagsDisabilities,Emergency Medical Personnel,EMTs,Fire Department,First Responders,Police Department,Skyler Phillips,SNAP,special needs,Special Needs Awareness Program

wed5apr - 7All Day(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness Program Presentation @ Cleveland Fire DepartmentFirst Responder Training Course(All Day) EST Cleveland, TN Event TagsCleveland Fire Department,Disabilities,Emergency Medical Personnel,EMTs,Fire Department,Police Departments,Skyler Phillips,SNAP,Special Needs Awareness Program

mon10apr1:00 pm- 5:00 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness ProgramFirst Responder Training Course1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST 3200 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406 Event TagsDisabilities,Emergency Medical Personnel,EMTs,Fire Department,First Responders,Police Department,Skyler Phillips,SNAP,special needs,Special Needs Awareness Program

mon17apr1:00 pm- 5:00 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness ProgramFirst Responder Training Course1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST 3200 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406 Event TagsDisabilities,Emergency Medical Personnel,EMTs,Fire Department,First Responders,Police Department,Skyler Phillips,SNAP,special needs,Special Needs Awareness Program

mon24apr1:00 pm- 5:00 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness ProgramFirst Responder Training Course1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST 3200 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406 Event TagsDisabilities,Emergency Medical Personnel,EMTs,Fire Department,First Responders,Police Department,Skyler Phillips,SNAP,special needs,Special Needs Awareness Program

may

mon1may1:00 pm- 5:00 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness ProgramFirst Responder Training Course1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST 3200 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406 Event TagsDisabilities,Emergency Medical Personnel,EMTs,Fire Department,First Responders,Police Department,Skyler Phillips,SNAP,special needs,Special Needs Awareness Program

thu4may6:30 pm- 8:30 pmVacation Bible School Church Staff TrainingIncluding Children with Special Needs6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST 2195 Burning Bush Road, Ringgold, Georgia 30736Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsChurch Ministry,Church Staff Training,special needs ministry,Vacation Bible School,VBS

mon8may1:00 pm- 5:00 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness ProgramFirst Responder Training Course1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST 3200 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406 Event TagsDisabilities,Emergency Medical Personnel,EMTs,Fire Department,First Responders,Police Department,Skyler Phillips,SNAP,special needs,Special Needs Awareness Program