What Happens When You “Talk Amongst Yourselves”

Without advice plans go wrong, but with many advisers they succeed. ~ Proverbs 15:22, GW

Tonight’s #SpnMin TweetChat will be an open forum.  Lest you discard this gathering, let me share with you a few of the copious things I have learned from sharing with both other leaders and those whom I have served:

  • At my very first disability ministry conference about a decade ago, I became acquainted with many helpful resources including Friendship Ministries.  Nella Uitvlugt does a lovely job of heading up an organization that provides turn-key Life Studies for those with cognitive challenges.  Additionally, they offer Bible studies, church instructions, music and even t-shirts to help with local ministry.
  • Subsequently, one year at Accessibility Summit, I saw the cool Sunday School tool THE BIBLE BOX.  There are countless ways this can be used for students who are either young or cognitively young in needing a concrete visual aid for their biblical growth or understanding.
  • I had never heard of The Sibling Support Project or their SibShops until one of my parents had brought them to my attention.  As a result, we run regular, collaborative SibShops now with our local YMCA.
  • Local centers of influence introduced me to both of the wonderful ladies who head up such landmark programs as Wisconsin’s pilot Patient At Risk emergency planning and the National Children’s Study.  Through each of these connections, our organization is able to both be blessed and be a blessing.
  • Through our own personal special needs journey, I have come across a resource that I have referred many other families to for financial aid.  Patient Services, Inc (PSI) helps patients with a wide variety of diagnoses to pay either their insurance premiums or co-pays.  This can be a true life-saver when the family breadwinner is between jobs!

As you can see, the type of tools and resources we can connect one another to can be virtually endless when we talk amongst ourselves!  Join us tonight for that very reason.

If you have never participated in a TweetChat before, merely follow these instructions:

First, you must have an established Twitter account.  If you don’t already have one, simply go to http://www.twitter.com and set a free account. When participating in the chat for the first time, click on the following link:  http://tweetchat.com/room/spnmin.
You will be prompted through an easy three-step process.
  1. When you click “Sign In”, you will then be asked to “Authorize an Application” through your Twitter account.  To attend, you will have to click the blue “Authorize App” button.
  2. Once you have done so, merely type in the name of the chat (hashtag) you wish to attend at the top of the page, and click go.  For our chat, type in spnmin.  Now you’re in the chat room!  But you’re not finished yet.
  3. To keep most current with the conversation, go to the upper left hand side of the screen and click on “Refresh Speed”.  Slide the tab down to 5 seconds.  This will keep you up-to-date with the scrolling conversation.  Remember, just like on Twitter, you are limited to only so many spaces for your comments…in this case 132 characters.  You don’t have to add the #spnmin hashtag after every post. TweetChat adds the hashtag automatically.

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