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From Longing To Belonging: Ensuring Inclusion for Individuals with Disabilities (1 CE)
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When: Sunday, November 10, 2019
From 1-2pm
Where: Jewish Community Center
6600 W. Maple Road,
West Bloomfield Township, Michigan  48322
United States
Contact: Abby Segal, LMSW

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Everyone hopes that their children with diverse social, emotional, and learning challenges will be successful, engaged, and included in their community. Shelly Christensen, parent, disability inclusion advocate, and author, will share her strategies for fostering and ensuring long lasting collaborations with educators, families, and mental health professionals, rather than applying a “bullying approach” that fails.


Learning Objectives:

  • Better understanding people with differing abilities.
  • Learn how people with differing abilities can better integrate into communities.
  • Learn how communities can be more inclusive to people of different abilities.

1 CE available. Free to attend, $15 for the book.


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Presenter: Shelly Christensen, MA, FAAIDD is an award-winning international author, speaker, consultant, and leader in the field of faith community inclusion of people with disabilities and mental health conditions. For nearly two decades Shelly has walked with diverse congregations and faith-based organizations to guide and inspire them to support belonging and inclusion in all aspects of community life.


Inclusion is More Than Being--a House of Prayer for All Peoples

Everyone wants to belong--in their community at large and especially their faith-based community. Nearly 20 percent of people live with a disability or mental health condition, which means so many families--maybe even yours--are dealing with these issues for their loved one. The one place everyone should feel like they belong is their house of worship and other faith-based community organizations. From Longing to Belonging is a new approach to inclusion. Author Shelly Christensen, M.A., a leader in faith community disability inclusion, provides step-by-step guidance to any faith-based organization committed to welcoming, supporting, and including people with disabilities or mental health conditions and those who love them. From Longing to Belonging will help your faith community take a new look at inclusion and belonging and learn how to welcome and include everyone.

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