Saturday, November 11
8:30 AM-3 PM

If you already have, or are thinking of starting, a disability ministry in your church this workshop is for you. Enjoy exhibit tables, stimulation stations, free lunch, networking opportunities, worship, breakout sessions and more.

Child care for 5 & under as well as special needs care available.

Please register as space is limited.
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LOCATION: Chapel Hill Christian School | 1639 Killian Rd., Akron, Oh. 44312




Program Director

Jamia Cinelli

Church Relations Manager
Joni & Friends Ohio

Lynnett Klejka

Assistant Director of Inclusion
Summit DD

Laurie Cramer

Executive Director
Autism Society



Ryan Wolfe, Program Director
Christian Churches Disability Ministry


BREAKOUT Session i | 10:15-11:15 am

Beginning a disability ministry
in your church

Jamia Cinelli

This introductory session will present the definition of an Irresistible Church, discuss ideas for the journey to become one, and delight in the blessings already experienced and in store for those who minister to and with individuals affected by disabilities.

Include Me:
developmental Disabilities Awareness/Simulation

Lynnett Klejka

“Because I do not talk, don’t assume that I have nothing to say.  And because I do not move so well, don’t assume I can’t get there.  Find me, reach me… and encourage me.” ~Author Unknown

Through engaging conversation participants will:
Develop an understanding for “What is Inclusion?”
Delve into the Myths/Facts about disabilities.
Explore various developmental diagnosis through interactive activities.



Autism 101

Laurie Cramer

The Autism Society of Greater Akron is working with public agencies, organizations and businesses throughout the community to utilize its Stop, Assess, and Support model to help people better recognize and support individuals with an autism spectrum disorder.  Participants will learn how to utilize the model to:

  1. Recognize a difference with someone utilizing learned knowledge of the characteristics of autism that causes you to Stop.
  2.  Assess the situation based upon behavioral or environmental occurrences causing challenges.
  3. Support the person by providing accommodations/adaptions learned to build rapport and trust.

Respite Training "Give me a break!"

Ryan Wolfe

Do you know that providing respite is the #1 need in the disability community?

What is respite? By definition it is simply a short period of rest or relief.

What if the Church was equipped to meet that need? In this session you will learn simple tools on how to provide respite events.

But don't be fooled... Sometimes the best forms of respite aren't programmatic. Come and learn more.



AdAptations for Inclusion

Lynnett Klejka

“Inclusion is a way of thinking, a way of being, and a way of making decisions about helping everyone belong.”  Author unknown- Through exploration and discovery participants will: Gain a stronger understanding of “What is an adaptation?” and how it helps inclusion for ALL! Additionally, participates will experience the success of creating an adaptation through a “Make It and Take It” project.

Engaging & Equipping Volunteers,
Adaptations for Inclusion

Jamia Cinelli

Volunteers are invaluable to a ministry; in fact, they can be game changers!  This session will take a practical look at identifying, recruiting, training and releasing volunteers who will serve families affected by disabilities effectively and with the love of Christ.