By Christina Jolliffe, The Chronicle Telegram Online (Ohio).
BAY VILLAGE – Typical peers. Intervention specialists. Inclusion classes. Special needs.
These are words parents often hear at school.
Many parents know firsthand what they mean because they have children with special needs who are in inclusion classes with typical peers and work with the intervention specialists throughout the day.
Other parents hear the words and can probably figure out what they mean, but they don’t understand how it affects every aspect of every day.
While “typical” kids go to karate, or soccer, or softball practice after school, kids with special needs sometimes don’t have that opportunity.
Even going to church can be difficult. Most programs just aren’t set up to deal with children with special needs.
But in Bay Village is different.
It is one of about 12 percent of churches throughout the country that offer special-needs ministries. The ministry has been in place for about 20 years.