Gold Level Sponsors:
Lee and Sandra Peoples are passionate about reaching families of children with special-needs. They are church planters in Pearland, TX and together authored Held: Learning to Live in God’s Grip and Sandra wrote a memoir based on the first year after their son’s autism diagnosis, Speechless: Finding God’s Grace in My Son’s Autism.
Snappin’ Ministries provides special care for special care givers! Led by Barb Dittrich, she shares, “In our ministry, we have seen God’s love—one family, often one person at a time. It may be the meal that someone brings to the family whose child just had surgery. It may be in the woman who selflessly gives a mom some time off so she can refill her well. It may be in the teenager that accompanies a special child to Sunday school so that they get the individual attention and inclusion that they need. We have grown exponentially since our inception.”
Craig Johnson is currently the Director of Ministries at Lakewood Church, overseeing all pastoral ministries and staff and the founder of Champions Club developmental centers for special needs with over 30 centers across the world. Craig is the co-author with Dr Sandy Robinson of “Champions Curriculum” a full scope Christian curriculum for special needs. He is the author of Lead Vertically: Inspire People to Volunteer and Build Great Teams That Last and his new book Unrehearsed Destiny: Its Intermission, Your Second Act Is Coming. Craig and his wife of 26 years, Samantha, have three children: Cory, Courtney, and Connor.
Rev. Dr. Lorna Bradley, an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church, serves as a Fellow at The Hope and Healing Institute in Houston, Texas where she creates resources for special needs family support. A pastor, author, blogger and speaker, Lorna has led parent support groups for over seven years. She is the author of Special Needs Parenting: From Coping to Thriving, a resource for individuals and groups. She and her husband of over thirty years have an adult son with Asperger’s. Lorna enjoys spending time with family, traveling, scuba diving, and running.
Silver Level Sponsors:
Karen Crum is the parent of two children with neurobiological conditions, Karen’s priorities have always centered on caring for her family, and she has first-hand insight into the challenges families face. She has been a home-schooling mom. Karen excels in inspiring hope, perspective, and skill development in parents and professionals who feel weary or overwhelmed.
Karen’s newest mission includes her work with a Christian focus. Dr. Crum is the author of Preserving Parent: Finding Strength to Raise Your Child with Social, Emotional, or Behavior Challenges. This book points to God’s truths and to practical and spiritual principles that enhance hope, joy and effective special-needs parenting.
Gabby Kaplan-Mayer is a writer and educator based in Philadelphia. She is pleased to share the release of The Little Gate Crasher, a memoir of my truly extraordinary Great Uncle, Mace Bugen. Other recent books include The Kitchen Classroom, a visual cookbook for children with special needs. Gabby is a featured blogger for Newsworks Philly Parenting and writes for and edits The New Normal: Blogging Disability. As director of “Whole Community Inclusion” at Jewish Learning Venture, she leads disability awareness training across the Philadelphia Jewish Community.
Kathleen Deyer Bolduc’s newest book, The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities, was published by Judson Press in 2014. She is also the author of Autism & Alleluias (Judson Press, 2010); His Name Is Joel: Searching for God in a Son’s Disability, and A Place Called Acceptance: Ministry with Families of Children with Disabilities (Bridge Resources, 1999 and 2001). Her books have won awards from Foreword Press, Illumination Book Awards, and Eric Hoffer Awards. You can find her books and blog at www.kathleenbolduc.com Kathy is happy to report that Joel absolutely loves living in his new home, and is making friendships in his new community through the Best Buddies Friends Choir, part of the Best Buddies program at Miami University.
Bronze Level Sponsors:
Alexandra Ramirez is a Special Needs Parent Coach and mother of two amazing boys with special needs. She began her journey of self-discovery a few years ago when her oldest son got diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3. It was during this time that she realized it was possible to love and enjoy the parenting journey of a special needs child. She pursued her certification as a Holistic Life Coach and launched her coaching business Reignite Your Spirit (reigniteyourspirit.com) with the sole purpose of helping other special needs parents learn to love their own journeys.
Stephanie McKeever and her husband are parents of all boys, one of which is a young adult with both physical and intellectual disabilities. God is teaching her big things through their trials that she probably would have never learned without them. You can find more from her at www.mostlyeandme.com and on Facebook and Twitter.
Courtney Westlake is wife to Evan and mother to Connor and Brenna. After Brenna was born with a rare and life-threatening skin disorder in 2011, Courtney began blogging at CourtneyWestlake.com to chronicle family life and experiences parenting a child with physical differences and special needs. She is the author of A Different Beautiful: Discovering and Celebrating Beauty in Places You Never Expected.
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