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BASS

A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 7-9, 2019
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA

BASS Convention Presenter: Debbie Lillo

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Debbie Lillo
Debbie Lillo

Bridge Builders Disability Ministry lead
Saratoga Federated Church
Saratoga, CA
dlillo@comcast.net
www.saratogafederated.org

Debbie recently retired from serving for 9 years as Church Relations Manager at Joni and Friends Bay Area and co-leads the Bridge Builders ministry at Saratoga Federated Church. She has been involved in supporting churches and equipping leaders for 15 years and is passionate about ministering to every member of the special needs family.




2019 Workshops

Special Needs: Often Overlooked: Understanding Girls Who Have Autism

3/8/2019 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. Room: WC 200

As experts diagnose an increasing number of girls and women with Autism, they are finding that the way Autism presents in girls is very different in girls than it is in boys Girls are often misdiagnosed or poorly understood, and there is potential risk in that oversight. This workshop will look at the unique ways Autism presents in girls. We will explore the dangers of misdiagnosis and will hear directly from a woman with Aspergers. Practical tips and tools will be shared to help you welcome, include, and help facilitate quality community with our female friends who are on the Spectrum

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2018 Workshops

Special Needs: Doing Life Together as a Church Family with Families Affected by Disabilities

3/2/2018

This workshop will explore how to truly help the families we support fully belong. You will be challenged and given practical tools to help battle isolation, create community, meet practical needs, and nurture faith. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could all truly Do Life Together?!

2017 Workshops

Special Needs: It’s a Family Affair: Loving Every Member of the Special Needs Family Well

3/3/2017

This workshop will help you to better understand the unique ways disability affects each member of the family; parents, spouses, siblings and grandparents. It will offer tools for loving families well from Sunday to Sunday and through various life experiences. Its primary goal is to equip you to see that every member of the family fully belongs.

2016 Workshops

Special Needs: Inclusion vs. Self-Contained Classrooms: Meeting the Needs of Students and Building Community

3/4/2016

This workshop will provide guidelines for deciding whether your children, teens, or adults with disabilities would benefit most from a buddy program or a self contained classroom. Participants will be given tools for creating self-contained classrooms for students of all ages, and for creating opportunities for special needs students to build and maintain relationships with their typically developing peers.


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Special Needs: How Might We Become an IRRESISTIBLE Church?

3/5/2016

This workshop will explore the qualities of a church so IRRESISTIBLE that our friends with disabilities and their families cannot help but come. We will consider carefully the ways we might change to compel these families to come hear more about Jesus and will discuss ways that becoming more IRRESISTIBLE to families impacted by disabilities causes us to IRRESISTIBLE to many others who feel disenfranchised.

Special Needs: Special Needs Parent Panel

3/5/2016

This workshop will feature a frank discussion with a cross-section of parents who have children with disabilities. We will explore the parenting challenges, the spiritual implications of living a challenging life, and the blessings families have experienced by being fully welcomed into the Body of Christ.

2015 Workshops

Special Needs: Welcoming with Compassion

3/6/2015

In this workshop you will learn to sensitively welcome individuals with disabilities and their families. You are often the first face they will meet and your response may affect the likeliness that they stay. You will gain general disability awareness and gain specific skills to welcome them into the church.

Special Needs: Unlocking the Mystery : Keys to Addressing Challenging Behavior and Limited Verbal Skills

3/7/2015

This workshop will consider causes for challenging behavior and will suggest best strategies for encouraging positive behavior. While our primary focus will be on supporting individuals on the autistic spectrum and other who have limited language skills, the strategies will be useful for working with all children and teens.

2014 Workshops

Ushering: Welcoming with Compassion

3/7/2014

In this workshop you will learn to sensitively welcome individuals with disabilities and their families. You are often the first face they will meet and your response may affect the likeliness that they stay. You will gain general disability awareness and gain specific skills to welcome them into the church.

Special Needs: Autism and the Church

3/8/2014

Autism is on the rise, and every church in the nation must be prepared to welcome children, students, and adults with Autism and their families. This workshop will give an introduction to autism and will discuss strategies for adapting programs and encouraging positive behavior outcomes for students on the Autism Spectrum.


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Special Needs: Special Needs Parent Panel

3/8/2014

This workshop will feature a frank discussion with a cross-section of parents who have children with disabilities. We will explore the parenting challenges, the spiritual implications of living a challenging life, and the blessings families have experienced by being fully welcomed into the Body of Christ.

2013 Workshops

Special Needs: Respite Events: Creative Outreach to Families Affected by Disability

3/8/2013

This workshop will explore the affect disability has on the family and will present practical tools for planning and exectuting 3-4 hour respite events to support parents and welcome families to the church


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Special Needs: Supporting and Nurturing Siblings of Children with Disabilities

3/8/2013

This workshop will explore the role of siblings, will discuss the potential dangers of not supporting siblings well, and will share tools for intentionally supporting siblings and helping them to recognize God's hand in their lives.

Special Needs: Parent Panel: Exploring the Challenges of Raising a Child with Disabilities and the Blessings of Being Welcomed in the Body of Christ

3/9/2013

Debbie Lillo will interview a panel of parents with probing quesitons about their family experiences and the blessings and challenges they have found in our churches.


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2012 Workshops

Special Needs: Give Them Jesus: Helping Every Child Understand the Gospel Message

3/2/2012

We will discuss the faith development of children affected by disabilities and will give fun, practical suggestions for sharing the gospel with your children.

2011 Workshops

Special Needs: Supporting and Nurturing Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities

3/4/2011

This workshop will explore the unique and sometimes difficult role of being a sibling of an individual affected by disability, and will give practical suggestions for churches to intentionally reach out to and encourage siblings.


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Special Needs: Give Them Jesus: Helping Every Child Understand the Gospel Message

3/4/2011

We will discuss the faith development of children affected by disabilities and will give fun, practical suggestions for sharing the gospel with your children.


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2010 Workshops

Special Needs: The Perfect Catch: Recruiting and Keeping Volunteers!

3/5/2010

Attracting, equipping and retaining volunteers is a challenge in any church! Learn specific techniques for matching and supporting volunteers in the right places to serve.


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Special Needs: Buddies or a Self-Contained Classroom: Choosing the Best Approach for Your Special Needs Population

3/5/2010

We will help workshop participants explore the best way to meet the needs of children affected by disability and will offer practical suggestions for setting up self-contained classrooms and buddy systems.


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Special Needs: Respite Events: Outreach to Families Affected by Disability

3/5/2010

Practical suggestions for offering fun, easy programs that allow parents to get rest and children to be well-loved.


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2009 Workshops

Special Needs: Ministering to the Whole Family Affected by Disability

3/6/2009

We will explore how disability affects each member of the family. We will also discuss resources and strategies used to support the whole family.


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Special Needs: Community Outreach Through Respite Ministry

3/6/2009

A "Respite Event" can be a wonderful community outreach where parents can leave their children affected by disabilities and their siblings with trained volunteers. This workshop will explore the basic how-to's for such an event.


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