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SNAP SHOTS BROUGHT TO YOU BY SNAPPIN’ MINISTRIES Volume II, Issue 4 April 2010 Stories from the Summit: Kathleen Deyer Bolduc Inside this issue: speaking have made her A. My advice is to keep on FROM THE BOOKSHELF 2 nationally recognized in the wrestling with that angel called field of disability ministry. faith, even when you feel like REMARKABLE RESOURCES 3 giving up. There will be days Bolduc’s latest release is you will be tempted to do just marked by transparency of UPCOMING EVENTS 4 that. Jacob wrestled with an experience and emotion. All of angel all night long, and had the raw feelings and tough OUR MISSION 4 his hip damaged in the process. trials that she candidly shares But it changed his life. It will give parents of children 4 changed my life. I don’t mind YOU CAN HELP! with any diagnosis plenty to walking with a limp if the rest identify with. The frustrations of of my life is in order, school and church attendance are particularly notable, Q What do you think the future disability ministry—to that Nothing seems to touch parents revealing how very far we still holds for disability ministry? day when people with as much as another who has have to go in the world of disabilities are simply an A. This is a hot topic! Praise the walked a mile in their shoes. disability. integral part of our worship, Lord! One exciting thing I see Someone who understands the Sunday school, adult SNAPPIN’ posed these questions in this field is that the focus is terminology, the struggles, the education classes, and small to Bolduc: shifting away from “how can heartaches without need of groups. That’s the day we’ll we minister to people with explanation seems to instantly Q. Do you feel like you’re a role know we’ve been faithful to disabilities,” to “how can we connect with those on a similar model for other parents? Jesus’ call to “love the Lord minister alongside people with journey. And this is what author your God with all your heart, A. One of my life Scriptures is disabilities and their families?” Kathleen Bolduc, MA does in her and with all your soul, and Jesus’ words to Paul in 2 There is a much greater new release Autism & Alleluias. with all your strength, and Corinthians 12:9a—“My grace emphasis, as there should be, with all your mind; and your The mother of 3 boys, Bolduc is sufficient for you, for my on the gifts that people with neighbor as yourself” (Luke found herself thrust into the power is made perfect in disabilities bring to their 10: 27). As Jesus taught, this world of disability through her weakness.” I am so aware of churches. We’re shifting from a is how we inherit eternal life! son, Joel, who lives with autism my weaknesses as Joel’s mom focus on physical and moderate cognitive and as an advocate for people accommodation to attitudinal Visit www.kathleenbolduc.com to follow Kathleen Bolduc’s blog! impairment. For the past 24 with disabilities in the church. I’m accommodation. We all know Find this new release at years of Joel’s life, this amazing always falling short of the that attitudes are much harder Amazon.com! lady has experienced the mark. But when I acknowledge to change than physical physical, emotional, educational my weaknesses—my inability to facilities. But, as more and and spiritual battles that come do it all on my own—God’s more people with disabilities along with raising a child with power rushes in and makes the are welcomed into our special needs. In 1999 she impossible, possible. No. I’d congregations, attitudes are shared their story in His Name Is say, look to Jesus as your role changing. How can they not? Joel: Searching for God in a model. He’s the one you should Our brothers and sisters who Son’s Disability. Her 2001 be emulating. live with disability bring gifts volume A Place Called of joy and transparency and Q. What advice would you give Acceptance: Ministry with honesty with them. to those struggling with their faith Families of Children with I’m looking forward to the day on this special needs journey? Disabilities along with her public when we don’t have to “do” SNAP SHOTS From the BOOKSHELF: Reading Disabilities: Beating the Odds Reading can be a skill we so the stunning statistics that THEY HAVE OFFERED TO often take for granted, “More than 70% of 3rd DONATE 10% OF THE except when our children graders with reading PURCHASE OF EACH BOOK have difficulty with it. problems continue to struggle BY SNAPPIN’ PARENTS Through the far reaching with reading in high school. BACK TO THE MINISTRY! work I do on behalf of In despair or anger, many Simply enter “SNAPPIN’ parents whose children have give up and drop out of MINISTRIES” in the Special special needs, I am fortunate school.” Parents that have a Instructions field when you to encounter many wonderful strong desire to see their choose a payment method at experts and resources, this child turn their struggles http://reading2008.com/Pur book being one of them. around, succeeding as adults chaseBook.html. will want to get their hands Beating the Odds is nothing on this book! short of thorough in discussing 5 out of 5 the various factors involved Even those who don’t find “MORE THAN 70% with challenges in reading. reading to be an issue can Risks that may never have find a treasure trove of OF 3RD GRADERS crossed a parent’s mind are information regarding special WITH READING pointed out with precision. education evaluation, PROBLEMS Steps to take at home, with monitoring your child’s CONTINUE TO the schools and in seeking progress, solving conflict and professional evaluation are working on an IEP. These STRUGGLE WITH clearly laid out for parents to insights can transfer to many READING IN HIGH put to good use in helping “disabilities” other than Author Howard Margolis Ed.D. SCHOOL. IN their children. reading. (R), is Prof Emeritus of Reading & Spec Ed at the City University of DESPAIR OR ANGER, Early on in the book, the This is a tool every school NY & holds other award-winning MANY GIVE UP AND authors, Howard Margolis, and parent who cares should credentials. Author Gary Ed.D. and Gary Brannigan, have on their shelves! Brannigan, Ph.D.(L) is a Professor DROP OUT OF Ph.D. give great incentive for of Psychology at the State Univ of SCHOOL.” THE AUTHORS OF THIS dealing with reading NY at Plattsburgh, and has BOOK ARE SO DEDICATED practiced both Clinical & School difficulties sooner rather than TO HELPING PARENTS, Psychology for over 35 years. later. They quickly point out VOLUNTEERS are the HEART of our Organization! A personal connection forms with students during special needs Sunday School. A virtual assembly line is organized as baskets are Teamwork leaves participants having fun while put together to encourage dads of kids with special serving those who need the compassion that needs. SNAPPIN’ MINISTRIES offers. Page 2 Volume II, Issue 4 Remarkable Resources—Wright’s Law Website One of the questions that rights can be an overwhelming seems to come up with topic, Wrightslaw.com breaks parents of children who have information down to special needs again and manageable, understandable again is , “What are my postings with articles on legal rights?” That question specific topics of interest. can be presented in regards When visitors click on the http://www.wrightslaw.com/ to schooling, services, public “Topics from A-Z” tab, they access or medical care. The will find choices that range free newsletter, there are section that shares success top go-to place for any of from ADHD and Bullying to countless other links to free stories submitted to them. those questions is the Section 504 and Transitions. flyers, free publications, Continually fighting for your Wrightslaw Website This helps parents to zero in directories, glossaries and child’s needs to be met http://www.wrightslaw.com/. on current concerns without best school websites. Access within the schools and the weeding through vast amounts to information about youth community at large can be Getting its name from Adjunct programs and summer camps exhausting. Wright’s Law of irrelevant information. Professors of Law Pete and even link into special aid for equips you with what you Pam Wright, the site draws Feel like you actually need a military families! need and gives you the from the vast knowledge consultation with an attorney boost to keep going on your possessed by these two who trained in ADA rights? The “Yellow Pages for Kids” is journey. teach a course about special Wright’s law walks you a directory listing state by education law at the William through all the steps to state resources for parents. Parents would do themselves and Mary Law School. Co- eliminate first, before Looking for a therapist? This a terrific favor by visiting authors of several books spending the money on a tool has them listed. Want to this website prior to a 504 themselves, the site offers lawyer. know about state government or IEP meeting. Knowing numerous books, CDs and programs? They’re listed what your child’s rights are Regional training programs as here. Providers are given and getting an idea of what DVDs on this area of focus. well as an online multi-media high incentive to make their can be accomplished will Boasting thousands of articles training provide more listing available to you on prevent you from allowing on dozens of topics, visitors extensive equipping for those Wright’s Law because it’s free the school take control of can click on either an who seek expertise in to them! This provides parents the situation in ways that advocacy library or law advocacy and law. Support with a wider array of listed are less than suitable to you. library with free, printable groups can work through the resources in one place. Far too many school districts information. programming together or the try to do the least amount While all of this may sound 24/7 availability allows If you are a parent who possible to comply with the nice, the average parent with working through at your own needs the encouragement of law. 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Upcoming Events—Some dates of particular interest from our Calendar on the SNAPPIN’ website Friday, April 9, 2010, 6-8:30 PM, Fun Saturday & Sunday, April 17 & 18, Sunday, April 25, 2010, 1-3 PM, Friday for ages 10 & up, The YMCA at 2010, 10 AM—5 PM, Metroparent FAMILY BOWLING PARTY, Fracaro’s Pabst Farms, The theme is “Makahiki Magazine’s KidsFest, State Fair Park, Lanes, Waukesha, WI. Cost $4 per Luau”, Enjoy an evening of arts, crafts, Milwaukee, WI; 5 stages with person, $15 per family Maximum. gym activities, fun snacks and more. entertainment, rides, climbing wall, and Includes: Pizza, soda, shoes & 2 games Contact www.ymcaatpabstfarms.org hands-on learning. Over 100 of bowling. Contact Sharon Seegers at for more information or to register. exhibitors. Come enjoy food & fun for 262-893-7384 or 262-691-3572 by children of all ages and ability levels. phone or e-mail email@example.com Saturday, April 10, 2010, 1-4 PM http://www2.jsonline.com/kidsfest/inde by April 17th to attend! Elmbrook Church, Brookfield, WI, x.asp Monthly Respite Care Program. Thursday & Friday, April 29 & 30, Providing special needs children & their Friday & Saturday, April 23 & 24, 2010, CIRCLES OF LIFE CONFERENCE. siblings with a safe and enjoyable 2010, ACCESSIBILITY SUMMIT, McLean Registration Deadline April 2, 2010. place to play games, enjoy activities Bible Church, Tyson’s Corner, VA; One Holiday Inn, Stevens Point, WI. Includes and benefit from peer support, parents of the nation’s largest disability ministry workshops, family fun night, SibShops enjoy a much-needed break for the conferences, featuring Dr. Benjamin and more. Visit afternoon. For More Information & Carson & Singer Renee Bondi; 36 http://www.wfv.org/circle/ for more Consent Forms, please visit dynamic workshops & over 70 information or to register. http://elmbrook.org/articlelink.asp?mid exhibitors. For more information visit =51&pid=358&iid=565 http://accessibilitysummit.org/ You Can Help! 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