January 29, 2022
9 AM - 4:30 PM

Live Location: Kenmore Alliance Church, Buffalo
Satellite Site: Pine Knolls Alliance Church, South Glens Falls

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Special Needs Ministry Track

Breakout Sessions

Welcoming Special Needs Families
Would your church like to be known as a place where every person  with a disability finds hope, dignity, and their place in the body of Christ? This workshop will focus on God’s heart for everyone to have full access to His banquet table, why people with disability are one of the largest unreached people groups in the world and ways to overcome barriers in becoming a fully accessible and welcoming church for all.
 
Ways to Become A Sensory Friendly Church
Individuals with sensory processing differences can become easily overwhelmed in church environments. This workshop will describe ways to assess your current ministry set up, offer practical suggestions for making adaptations and effective ways to build supports for individuals with sensory needs.
 
Implementing a Buddy Ministry for Individuals with Special Needs
Buddy Ministry may well be the most frequently mentioned special needs ministry model of our time. This workshop will be your practical guide to organizing and implementing one-on-one buddy support, for the purpose of building relationships and supporting individuals and families living with disability.

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Speaker Bio

Doug BabbittDoug Babbitt

MS CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist
Doug will be speaking as a representative of Joni and Friends New England. He is employed as a Speech-Language Pathologist for the Methuen MA Public Schools, working with medically fragile, intensive needs, and pre-school students on the Autism Spectrum.  He also is a consultant at Incompass Human Services, a day program for adults with developmental disabilities, where he has worked for the past 30 years. Doug has a small private practice specializing in communication/social problems related to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Doug and wife, Liz ( Ministry Relations Manager at Joni and Friends New England) have been married for 42 years, have two married sons and five adorable grandchildren. His youngest grandson has been diagnosed on the autism spectrum so he is also sharing from his personal experience in a family impacted by a disability.