Special Needs Program
I wanted to take this month to reintroduce the program to the Officers of the Western Territory. It has come to my attention that with Officers being moved thru out the year, some of you may not be familiar with the Special Needs Program.
My name is Kendra Holly and I have been hired by The Salvation Army to do Special Needs consulting. I have a degree in Special Education and experience in running a Special Day Class for LA Unified and San Diego Unified. I have been a life long Salvationist and believe The Army has an amazing opportunity to meet each family right at their time of need.
The Salvation Army believes in the sanctity of all human life and considers each person to be of infinite value and each life a gift from God to be cherished, nurtured, and redeemed! The Special Needs Ministry purpose is to help break down the barriers that keep children with disabilities and their families from actively participating in the Army programs.
Here are some statistics of the Special Needs Community.
* .14 percent of babies are born with Down Syndrome (1/691 babies)
* 2 percent of children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (1/50 children)
* 7 percent of children ages 3 to 17 have been identified with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyper Activity)
* 8 percent of children ages 3 to 17 have been identified with a learning disability
* 80 percent of marriages end in divorce when the couple has a child with a disability
The Special Needs Ministry goal is to identify the gap that exists today in the ministry setting. We want to create a place of acceptance by educating the Officers and Youth Workers. This can be done thru training and brainstorming of ideas to best meet the needs of the corps families. We want to show the families that we believe each child is a unique creation of God by creating a safe place where they can succeed.
The Special Needs Ministry is available to provide support as well as practical tips, advice, behavior management techniques and accommodation plans while working within the policies and resources of the Corps.
The program can be used in many ways. I can be reached for consultation by Lotus Notes (Special Needs) or by phone 818-919-1191.
The program is available to all Army programs. Camping, Corps, Shelters, Day Care, After School, Youth Workers, etc.
I have done One on One consultations as well as Officers Councils and Youth Worker Training.
Official trips, Corps visits and Training Sessions can be requested to the Program with the Territory giving approval.