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Welcoming Children with Special Needs: Empowering Christian Special Education through Purpose, Policies, and Procedures

by Quentin Kinnison PhD & Julie M Lane EdD



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/6/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781490852607
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781490852591

About the Book

The Christian school community has a unique impetus for impacting the lives of students with special needs. Doctors Lane and Kinnison present this groundbreaking guide for administrators to lay foundational components in order to develop a successful and sustainable special needs program in a Christian school. Kinnison outlines God’s purpose for bringing children with special needs into the world. Lane provides step-by-step guidelines for fostering an inclusive and sustainable school environment.
This book seeks to support Christian school educators, parents of children with special needs, and disability ministries servants in their quests to transform an under-equipped, private educational institution into the indefatigable arms of Jesus that welcome. This book provides guidance to individuals who have and those who intend to develop a special needs program. Special education professors and researchers will find this text vital for working with pre-service Christian educators who wish to serve children with special needs. Christian schools—especially those that may have attempted and failed, or continue to struggle with developing their programs—will find this text an oasis for frustrated spirits. The past applications of these principles have achieved remarkable success. Now, with this text, leaders and innovators have a succinct, well-ordered guide for expediting their successes.

About the Author

Julie M. Lane, Ed.D. is the Division Chair of Special Education at Fresno Pacific University. She also owns Alternative Designs for Special Education, a firm which empowers Christian schools in the development of special education programming. Dr. Lane has served and consulted with Christian schools across the country and in the Philippines. She regularly presents at regional, district, state, national, and international conferences. Dr. Lane is a board member for the National Association of Christian in Special Education, serves as the chair of the Council of Exceptional Children Caucus, Faith Based Schools and Organizations, and is a Financial and Budget Committee member for the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division of International Special Education and Services. She is married to David M. Tudor and together have four grown children and a granddaughter.

Quentin P. Kinnison, PhD is Associate Professor of Contemporary Christian Ministries at Fresno Pacific University. Collaborating with Joni & Friends Central Valley to help college students develop skills for disability ministry, Dr. Kinnison also teaches a theology of disability course for Fresno Pacific’s Special Education program. Twenty-five years of ministry experience shapes his understanding of theologically informed disability ministry. His own chronic condition makes the conversation a personal one. He earned the PhD in Theology from Fuller Seminary, and the MDiv from Golden Gate Baptist Seminary. He is married to Cynthia A. Kinnison, DMin, MSW and they have one child.