Inclusion Works! is a 2-Day Conference for educators and faith communities promoting inclusion and valued social roles in school, work, and congregational settings for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
June 23-24, 2017
Pulaski Heights UMC – Little Rock, AR
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Individual Registration: $90.00 per person
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Churches are called to be places of hospitality, reciprocity, and belonging. Yet many congregations still struggle to welcome and weave people with disabilities into all aspects of faith community life—worship, learning, service, and fellowship. Unfortunately, barriers of awareness, attitude, accessibility, and architecture still abound. This workshop will address promising pathways through which churches can extend new invitations and provide compelling supports to people with disabilities and families in their community. This engaging workshop will equip you with practical strategies and helpful resources as you move deeper in this essential area of ministry. Sessions will address:
- Dimensions of Belonging: What it Means to Welcome Well
- Starting Points and Possibilities: Reflecting on Your Congregation
- Better Together: Inclusive Religious Education and Children’s Programming
- After the Benediction: Helping People to Flourish the Other Six Days
- Community Conversations: Moving From Posture to Practice
*Please note that you must register for EACH DAY SEPARATELY. There is an additional 10% discount off of regular registration fees for attendees who register for both days. Attendees who wish to register for both days please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to registering for your discount code. Attendees who wish to pay by check or purchase order may download an order form at http://aaroc.org/aaroc-events/inclusion-works-conference/ and return by fax to 501-261-9599 or by email to email@example.com
Presented by the Arkansas Autism Resource & Outreach Center (AAROC) and Partners for Inclusive Communities at the University of Arkansas, the state University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
About the presenter:
Erik Carter, Ph.D. is a Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his undergraduate studies in Christian Education at Wheaton College and his graduate studies in severe disabilities from Vanderbilt University. His research, teaching, and writing focus on promoting inclusion and valued roles in school, work, and congregational settings for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and on evidence-based strategies for supporting access to the general curriculum for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He strives to ensure the best of what we know works penetrates the practices of local schools. He has co-authored six books—including Peer Support Strategies: Improving all Students’ Social Lives and Learning and Peer Buddy Programs for Successful Secondary School Inclusion—and more than 150 articles and book chapters. Dr. Carter also co-leads the Collaborative on Faith and Disability and the Putting Faith to Work project, and is the author of Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, Families, and Congregations. He received the Distinguished Early Career Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children, the Young Professional Award from the Association on University Centers on Disabilities, and the DADD Research Award from the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities.