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Building Relationships Through Mutual Connection with Non-Speaking Individuals
Faith communities are called to be in relationship with one another. Growing a mutual connection in a friendship involves BOTH people sharing interests, values, thoughts, opinions, gifts, and wisdom. This can be a challenge when developing a friendship with someone who does not primarily communicate through speech and has an intellectual/developmental disability. Together we will explore ways to move through these barriers into mutual friendship. Our discussion will include various communication strategies, therapeutic/pastoral methods, and personal stories .

Jun 24, 2021 11:00 AM in Indiana (East)

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Kim Hurley MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist @Forest Hills Special Education Cooperative
She works as a Speech Language Pathologist for Forest Hills Special Education Coop. (NW Monroe County, Ellettsville, Spencer, and Owen County). She has a BA in Psychology (minor in Linguistics) from College of William and Mary and her MA in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University. She is a member of American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Special Interest Group 12 AAC. She has 20 years experience as a speech-language pathologist working with moderate to severely challenged students in public schools (ages 3-22), working alongside people with disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, developmental delay, intellectual disability, and students who use a variety of communication strategies including verbal speech, sign language, presymbolic gestures, spelling, and voice output devices. She has served on assistive technology support team, presented at Indiana AAC Summit (2016, 2017, 2020) and at Indiana Speech-Language and Hearing Association Annual Conference 2017.
Sarah VanderZee McKenney MDiv
Spiritual Support Coordinator @Stone Belt Arc
Sarah McKenney is Stone Belt Arc's Spiritual Support Program founder and coordinator. In this program she works to support the spiritual needs and development of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and neurodiverse folks. This also involves consulting, teaching, and mentoring congregations of any faith tradition so that they can be welcoming communities of belonging. She earned her MDiv with a focus in disability theology and studies at Columbia Theological Seminary. She is currently in her second year of the four year DMin (in Disability and Ministry) program at Western Theological Seminary. She is the chair of Presbyterians for Disability Concerns Network, a denominational disability support and advocacy network. She serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Fallen Walls, a non-profit ministry that supports people with disabilities in ministry leadership. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and experiences life with Dyslexia.