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How a Service Dog for My Son With Autism Impacted My Career

 service-dog-750x750By Skyler Phillips

Some people dream of doing great things in their life, that was never me, but I believe sometimes God has plans for our lives we never see coming. As a veteran firefighter, I thought I was doing enough to serve my community, until one day all that changed. In 2010 my wife found out that she was pregnant. While it was not planned, it was probably the single happiest moment of my life up to that point. Then I found out she was going to have a boy — wow, I was really in heaven now. I remember lying in bed thinking about all of the things we were going to do together: little league baseball, riding bicycles in the park, all of the things Dads and little boys do. Until, when my son was 3 years old, we learned about a 6 letter word that forever changed the direction of our lives: autism.

LifeLine Loses Friend & Board Member Randy Payne

The last line of LifeLine’s charter summarizes the Randy & Rachelpurpose of all of the preceding lines: “To share the love of Jesus Christ and the Biblical concept of the value of all human life with everyone who makes contact with this organization in word and deed.” I don’t know many people whose life epitomized that last line more than Randy Payne.

Because of a wheelchair and Craigslist several years ago, he and Rachel Payne became volunteers, and then friends and then LifeLine board members. The last time I saw him, just a few days ago, he was

UI Reach Program

“ThUI Reache University of Iowa REACH Program is a two-year, transition certificate program for students with multiple intellectual, cognitive, and learning disabilities. UI REACH provides a campus experience to empower young adults to become independent, engaged members of the community. Courses, campus life, and career preparation assist students in reaching their full potential. UI REACH strives to maintain periodic contact with alumni to encourage them to become independent adults by utilizing the independent living and career-related skills they learned in the program.

Key Features of UI REACH
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LifeLine Launches First Responder Training

LifeLine™ Launches SNAP First Responder Training
SNAP  – Special Needs Awareness Program

Chattanooga, Tennessee: LifeLine™ launched its new Special Needs Awareness Program (“SNAP”) on Monday, January 9, 2017, with the first of a planned multi week training for the Chattanooga Fire Department.  For several years training and information on specific diagnoses or disability groups has been available to first responders, but this is the first time first responders will be trained with general disability information covering a multitude of different diagnoses, scenarios, and circumstances.

For co-authors Lisa Mattheiss and Skyler Phillips, this is a personal mission. 

Welcome Intern Kate Moreau!

Kate Moreau croppedMy name is Kate Moreau and I am a junior at Covenant College, where I am studying elementary education. I am originally from Wheaton, Illinois but have lived in the Chattanooga area since I started at Covenant a few years ago.
I came to Covenant with the intention of becoming a public elementary school teacher, but that all changed last summer. On a bit of a whim (I knew a little bit about special education from a class at Covenant, but that was really it), I applied for an internship at Jill’s House, a Christian respite center for kids with exceptionalities near Washington, DC. After spending just about two months with the kids and getting to dip my toes in the world of special needs, I realized
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august

mon31jul - 1augjul 316:00 pmaug 1- 8:00 pm(SNAP) Special Needs Awareness ProgramFirst Responder Training Course(july 31) 6:00 pm - (august 1) 8:00 pm EST Catoosa County, GeorgiaEvent 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

wed16aug11:30 am- 1:00 pmLunch & Learn: Start the Year Right!Meet the Special Education Director of Walker County Schools11:30 am - 1:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GAEvent Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsAngie Ingram,Special Education,Special Education Director,Walker County Schools Successful School Year

sat19aug10:00 am- 2:00 pmSpecial Needs Ministry MiniConferenceSpecial Needs Ministry Development and Training10:00 am - 2:00 pm EST 1008 N. Beaumont Road, Ringgold, GA Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsAutism,Gospels,special needs ministry

mon21aug6:00 pm- 9:00 pmVAP - Volunteer Advocacy Project - Week 1Parent Mentor Training6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404 Event TagsMentor Resources,Parent Mentor Training,VAP,volunteer advocacy project

tue22aug6:00 pm- 7:30 pmSpecial Education Basic Rights & Responsibilities - Part 1Special Education Basic Rights & Responsibilities6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GAEvent Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event Tagsassessments,Basic Rights,eligibility,Eligibility Requirements,evaluations,IEP,Individual Education Program,Related Services,Special Education,Special Education Services,Timelines

wed23aug11:30 am- 1:00 pmLunch & Learn: Angry OutburstsManaging Emotions & Emotional Outbursts11:30 am - 1:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GA Event TagsEmotional Outbursts,Emotions,Managing Emotions,Regulating Emotions

sat26aug8:00 am- 3:00 pmAWANA Leadership ConferenceTraining AWANA Leadership to Include and Serve Clubbers with Special Needs8:00 am - 3:00 pm EST 1448 Pleasant Grove Drive NE, Dalton, GA 30721Event Organized By: Brian Crowe, AWANA MIssionary for NWGA Event TagsAutism,Autism Spetrum DIsorders,AWANA,AWANA Leadership Conference,Clubbers,Sensory Integration DIsorders

sun27aug6:00 pm- 8:00 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible Study - BEING RESCHEDULEDComing Alongside Families Touched by Disability - BEING RESCHEDULED - WATCH FOR A NEW START DATE6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST 5201 Dayton Boulevard, Red Bank, Tennessee Event TagsSame Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Stephanie Hubach

mon28aug6:00 pm- 9:00 pmVAP - Volunteer Advocacy Project - Week 2Parent Mentor Training6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404 Event TagsMentor Resources,Parent Mentor Training,VAP,volunteer advocacy project

tue29aug6:00 pm- 8:00 pmSpecial Education Basic Rights & Responsibilities - Part 2Special Education Basic Rights & Responsibilities6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GAEvent Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event Tagsassessments,Basic Rights,eligibility,Eligibility Requirements,evaluations,IEP,Individual Education Program,Related Services,Special Education,Special Education Services,Timelines

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september

sun3sep6:00 pm- 8:00 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible Study - BEING RESCHEDULEDComing Alongside Families Touched by Disability - BEING RESCHEDULED - WATCH FOR A NEW START DATE6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST 5201 Dayton Boulevard, Red Bank, Tennessee Event TagsSame Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Stephanie Hubach

mon4sep6:00 pm- 9:00 pmVAP - Volunteer Advocacy Project - Week 3Parent Mentor Training6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404 Event TagsMentor Resources,Parent Mentor Training,VAP,volunteer advocacy project

wed6sep11:30 am- 1:00 pmLunch&Learn: (SNAP) - Family Emergency Preparedness Training/Sticker DistributionPreparing a Family with Disabilities for an Emergency11:30 am - 1:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GA Event TagsEmergency,Emergency Response,Evacuation,Family Training,First Responder,SNAP,Special Needs Awareness Program

sat9sep10:00 am- 2:00 pmThrive Picnic & Info FairLifeLine Special Needs Information & Awareness Booth10:00 am - 2:00 pm EST 2195 Burning Bush Road, Ringgold, Georgia 30736 Event TagsInformation Fair,PIcnic,Resource Fair,Thrive Ministry

sun10sep6:00 pm- 8:00 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible Study - BEING RESCHEDULEDComing Alongside Families Touched by Disability - BEING RESCHEDULED - WATCH FOR A NEW START DATE6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST 5201 Dayton Boulevard, Red Bank, Tennessee Event TagsSame Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Stephanie Hubach

mon11sep6:00 pm- 9:00 pmVAP - Volunteer Advocacy Project - Week 4Parent Mentor Training6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsMentor Resources,Parent Mentor Training,VAP,volunteer advocacy project

wed13sep11:30 am- 1:00 amLunch&Learn: Talking To Your Child About Their DisabilityWhen? How? What to Say?11:30 am - 1:00 am EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GA

sun17sep6:00 pm- 8:00 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible Study - BEING RESCHEDULEDComing Alongside Families Touched by Disability - BEING RESCHEDULED - WATCH FOR A NEW START DATE6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST 5201 Dayton Boulevard, Red Bank, Tennessee Event TagsSame Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Stephanie Hubach

mon18sep6:00 pm- 9:00 pmVAP - Volunteer Advocacy Project - Week 5Parent Mentor Training6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsMentor Resources,Parent Mentor Training,VAP,volunteer advocacy project

tue19sep6:00 pm- 8:30 pmBasic Rights, Inclusion, & LRE for Students with Developmental/Intellectual DisabilitiesSpecial Education Services Training for Families with Children with Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities6:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GAEvent Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsContinuum of Services,Developmental Disabilities,Down Syndrome,Individual Education Program,Intellectual Disabilities,placement,Special Education,Special Education Services

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october

sun1oct6:00 pm- 8:00 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible Study - BEING RESCHEDULEDComing Alongside Families Touched by Disability - BEING RESCHEDULED - WATCH FOR A NEW START DATE6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST 5201 Dayton Boulevard, Red Bank, Tennessee Event TagsSame Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Stephanie Hubach

mon2oct6:00 pm- 9:00 pmVAP - Volunteer Advocacy Project - Week 7Parent Mentor Training6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsMentor Resources,Parent Mentor Training,VAP,volunteer advocacy project

sun8oct6:00 pm- 8:00 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible Study - BEING RESCHEDULEDComing Alongside Families Touched by Disability - BEING RESCHEDULED - WATCH FOR A NEW START DATE6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST 5201 Dayton Boulevard, Red Bank, Tennessee Event TagsSame Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Stephanie Hubach

mon9oct6:00 pm- 9:00 pmVAP - Volunteer Advocacy Project - Week 8Parent Mentor Training6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsMentor Resources,Parent Mentor Training,VAP,volunteer advocacy project

sun15oct6:00 pm- 8:00 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible Study - BEING RESCHEDULEDComing Alongside Families Touched by Disability - BEING RESCHEDULED - WATCH FOR A NEW START DATE6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST 5201 Dayton Boulevard, Red Bank, Tennessee Event TagsSame Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Stephanie Hubach

mon16oct6:00 pm- 9:00 pmVAP - Volunteer Advocacy Project - Week 9Parent Mentor Training6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsMentor Resources,Parent Mentor Training,VAP,volunteer advocacy project

wed18oct11:30 am- 1:00 pmLunch&Learn: Occupational & Physical Therapy - Part 1What is OT and PT and how will they help my child?11:30 am - 1:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GA Event TagsIndividual Education Program,Occupational Therapy,Physical Therapy,Related Services,Therapy at Home,Therapy Services,Walker County

sun22oct6:00 pm- 8:00 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible Study - BEING RESCHEDULEDComing Alongside Families Touched by Disability - BEING RESCHEDULED - WATCH FOR A NEW START DATE6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST 5201 Dayton Boulevard, Red Bank, Tennessee Event TagsSame Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Stephanie Hubach

mon23oct6:00 pm- 9:00 pmVAP - Volunteer Advocacy Project - Week 10Parent Mentor Training6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsMentor Resources,Parent Mentor Training,VAP,volunteer advocacy project

wed25oct11:30 am- 1:00 pmLunch&Learn: Occupational & Physical Therapy - Part 2What is OT and PT and how will they help my child?11:30 am - 1:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GA Event TagsIndividual Education Program,Occupational Therapy,Physical Therapy,Related Services,Therapy at Home,Therapy Services,Walker County

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november

sun5nov6:00 pm- 8:00 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible Study - BEING RESCHEDULEDComing Alongside Families Touched by Disability - BEING RESCHEDULED - WATCH FOR A NEW START DATE6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST 5201 Dayton Boulevard, Red Bank, Tennessee Event TagsSame Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Stephanie Hubach

mon6nov6:00 pm- 9:00 pmVAP - Volunteer Advocacy Project - Week 12Parent Mentor Training6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsMentor Resources,Parent Mentor Training,VAP,volunteer advocacy project

sun12nov6:00 pm- 8:00 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible Study - BEING RESCHEDULEDComing Alongside Families Touched by Disability - BEING RESCHEDULED - WATCH FOR A NEW START DATE6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST 5201 Dayton Boulevard, Red Bank, Tennessee Event TagsSame Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Stephanie Hubach

sun19nov6:00 pm- 8:00 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible Study - BEING RESCHEDULEDComing Alongside Families Touched by Disability - BEING RESCHEDULED - WATCH FOR A NEW START DATE6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST 5201 Dayton Boulevard, Red Bank, Tennessee Event TagsSame Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Stephanie Hubach

sun26nov6:00 pm- 8:00 pmSame Lake Different Boat Bible Study - BEING RESCHEDULEDComing Alongside Families Touched by Disability - BEING RESCHEDULED - WATCH FOR A NEW START DATE6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST 5201 Dayton Boulevard, Red Bank, Tennessee Event TagsSame Lake Different Boat,special needs ministry,Stephanie Hubach