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Pre-Conference Workshops * Friday, March 24 * 3:00-4:30 PM * $20 each
Access Unplugged
Jackie Mills Fernald, Access Ministry, McLean Bible Church
HOT Topics for Families
Dr. Joni Johnson, Pediatric Partners; Jolene Philo, Different Dream Living; Matt Mooney, 99 Balloons; Linda Starnes, PEART; Tia Marsili, The Arc of Northern VA
HOT Topics for Ministries
Sib Charles, Joni and Friends; Laura Pollard, Shepherds College; Ryan Wolfe, First Christian Church; Gina Spivey, Calvary Community Church; Matt Curcio, Break the Roof; Ben Connor, Western Theological Seminary
Workshop Category Key:
F=Family / M=Ministry / P=Professional
Attendees can register for workshops in any category
Session 1 – Friday, March 24 • 7:45 – 9:00 PM
1-1 Routes to Collaboration & Resolution with IEP’s
Brian Gruber, Esq & Ashley VanCleef, Esq, Law Office of Brian K. Gruber
(F)
1-2 Preparing for College
Janet Price, College Living Experience
(F)
1-3 From Sorrow and Suffering to Joy and Grace
John Wagner & Brad Mowry, YoungLife Capernaum Ministries
(F/M)
1-4 Get the 411 on Starting a Special Needs Ministry
Stephen “Doc” Hunsley, M.D., Grace Church, Overland Park, KS
(M)
1-5 Equipping People of All Abilities to Share the Gospel
Mona Furstenau, Bethesda Lutheran Communities, & Ben Fisher
(M)
1-6 The Importance of Caregiver Compassion
Jackie Mills-Fernald, McLean Bible Church
(M/F)
1-7 Outreach Events that Target Families with Special Needs
Pastor Lee Peoples, Journey Church, & Sandra Peoples, Key Ministry
(M)
1-8 How Does Your Engine Run? Learning Self-Regulation Laurie Chuba, Learning Integrations (P/F/M)
1-9 Teaching Social Skills to Promote Friendship and Play Michelle Carney, Erica Stapler & Leslie Moon, Autism Outreach/Club Ed (P/F/M)
1-10 Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities
Becky Tubergen, CLC Network
(P/F/M)
Session 2 – Saturday, March 25 • 9:30 – 10:45 AM
2-1 Challenging Behaviors – What They Mean & What to Do?
Dr. Joni Johnson, Pediatric Partners for Attention and Learning
(F)
2-2 Supporting Individuals with I/DD To Healthy Sexuality
Dr. Russ Kinkade, Laura Pollard & Lori Konopasek, Shepherds College
(F/M)
2-3 Protected Tomorrows: 8 Steps of Special Needs Planning
Mary Anne Ehlert, Bringing You Protected Tomorrows
(F)
2-4 A Philosophical Shift for Disability Ministry
Pastor Ryan Wolfe, First Christian Church and Key Ministry
(M)
2-5 Effective Teaching Techniques for Bible Study
Jill Miller, Bethesda seeJesus
(M)
2-6 Buddy Ministry: Friendship & Discipleship
Sib Nafziger Charles, Joni & Friends, Eastern Pennsylvania
(M)
2-7 Recruiting, Training, and Keeping Volunteers
Amy Kendall, Saddleback Church; Susan Pannell, Church of the Highlands; Stephen “Doc” Hunsley, Grace Church; Joe Butler, Ability Tree
(M)
2-8 Obtaining Answers from NeuroPsych Evaluations
Dr. Christopher Haley, Dr. Aneta Leczycki & Dr. Peter Thaxter, Social Skills Center
(P/F)
2-9 Teaching Children and Adults to Read and Comprehend Nancy Gregerson, Lindamood Bell Learning Center P/F)
2-10 Growth Mindset and the Special Education Child
Ann Hines, Rosa Lee Carter Elementary & Kirk Dolan, Park View High
(P/F)
Session 3 – Saturday, March 25 • 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
3-1 Housing Options for Adults with Special Needs
Desiree Kameka, Madison House Foundation
(F)
3-2 Straight Talk and Tips for Coping with Stress
Jolene Philo, Different Dream Living
(F)
3-3 Parenting Special Siblings
Lisa Jamieson, Walk Right In Ministries; Alex and Erin Jamieson
(F)
3-4 Healthcare Transition From Peds Office to Adult Care
Linda Starnes, PEART
(F)
3-5 Practical Strategies for Growth and Renewed Vision
Gina Spivey, Calvary Community Church, Westlake Village, CA 
(M)
3-6 Inclusion Ministry: Getting Senior Leadership on Board
Joe Butler, Ability Tree
(M)
3-7 The Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Respite Program
Shelly Neal & Debbie Sutherland, Kingsway Baptist Church; Matt Mooney, 99 Balloons
(M)
3-8 Say What? I Don’t Have to Talk to Say Something
Dr. Stacey Collazo and Paul Dols, Leesylvania Elementary School
(P/F/M)
3-9 The Facts About Sensory Processing
Erin Clemens & Jennifer Faherty, Pediatric Achievements
(P/F/M)
3-10 The Prevalence and Impact of Trauma
Jackie Mills-Fernald, McLean Bible Church
(P/F)
Session 4 – Saturday, March 25 • 1:45 – 2:45 PM
4-1 Building Skills to Pay the Bills
Ellen Graham, Every1CanWork/Cameron’s Chocolates
(F)
4-2 Challenge and Opportunity – Developing Self-Advocates
Katie Smith, The PEAL Center, Pittsburgh, PA
(F)
4-3 Yes You Can!  The Benefits of Special Needs Fitness
Tony D’Orazio, Jacob’s Ladder Fitness System, Strongsville, OH
(F)
4-4 Strategies for Multi-Tasking Moms
Ginny Mooney, 99 Balloons
(F)
4-5 Building a Successful Adult Adaptive Ministry
Horton Townes, St. Paul HandiCapable Ministry, Largo, FL 
(M)
4-6 Naked, Vomiting and Afraid – A Typical Weekend Service
Amy Kendall, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA
(M)
4-7 Reaching the Deaf Community for Christ
Dr. Gabriel Love, McLean Bible Church
(M)
4-8 Changing Behavior – It’s Not Magic!Kendra McDonald & Christine Favreaux, Arc of Loudoun/Paxton Campus (P/F)
4-9 Too Much Screen Time Makes Kids Lazy – Games Can Help!
Dr. Jayne Sullivan, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, VA 
(P/F)
4-10 The Benefits of Animal Therapy
Michelle Robinson, Summit Animal Therapy Services
(P/F/M)