Plus, study Neurodiversity this fall and enjoy these FREE ministry resources...
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August eNews

Announcing the Inclusive Worship Symposium

Featuring Barbara J. Newman of CLC Network and Dr. Karen Roberts of Joni and Friends Chicago

Is everyone truly welcome and engaged in your worship service? We invite pastors and worship leaders to join us for this practical and informative event that focuses on creating worship services that include persons at all levels of ability and disability at your church. 

Saturday, November 21
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Trinity Christian College
(Palos Heights, IL)
Cost: $15
The symposium is sponsored by Joni and Friends Chicago, CLC Network, and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.
Plus, attend a FREE pre-symposium screening of the movie, "Where Hope Grows", at Elim Christian Services on Friday, November 20. Reserve your tickets on the Elim Christian Services website.

FREE Resources for Beginning the Ministry Year

How can you prepare your church to welcome the magnificent variety of God’s children into your community this ministry year? Our director of church services, Barbara J. Newman, shares four tips for preparing your ministry to receive individuals at all levels of ability this year in this blog post. You will also find suggestions for proactively managing your church school classroom in this blog post by Kim Luurtsema.
Plus, be sure to download this helpful survey for getting to know individuals with disabilities in your congregation.

NEW CLC Network "Strategies and Accommodations" Tool for CurriculumTrak Clients

We are thrilled to announce that we have partnered with Dynamic Internet Solutions to provide Curriculum Trak users with a FREE menu of strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners. "Accommodations and Strategies" allows teachers to select strategies for the whole class or as accommodations for specific students to enable successful learning.  
You can learn more about this exciting new tool during this FREE webinar:

Accommodations and Strategies Demo
Thursday, September 24 
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM CDT 

Challenge Your Understanding of Disability: 
Study Neurodiversity this Fall

Join us for a 12-week online book study on Neurodiversity, a perspective that suggests identified disabilities are a normal variation of the human condition. We will read Dr. Thomas Armstrong's book, "Neurodiversity", which challenges readers to see disability not as a handicap, but as a difference to be celebrated and supported. 

Educators, parents, and caregivers are invited to join us for this important discussion, as we explore how reframing disability impacts teaching and learning. As we engage in these discussions, you will be challenged to think about Neurodiversity through the lens of your faith.
Graduate and continuing education credits are available. Register now -- the course begins September 14.
You can learn more about Neurodiversity in this blog post by Phil Stegink

Best Practice Online Courses for Middle School Students

Your advanced or highly-motivated middle school students will enjoy our teacher-directed courses taught from a Christian perspective. Following best practice in middle school online instruction, your students will benefit from the student-centered, content-based, and social environment (learn more about best practice in this blog post). Register for these courses:
Classes begin September 8 -- sign up today! 
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