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Disability Inclusion - Setting Your Church Up for Success: Leadership Development and Positive Behavior Support
Do you want to create a truly welcoming church for families affected by disability, including students with different social, emotional, and behavioral needs, but are not sure where to start? Join Barb Stanley and Leah Whicker from Wonderful Works Ministry, and learn how to create disability ministry systems that last and how to incorporate positive behavior support into classrooms. Learn what questions you should ask as you plan, what resources you will want as you serve, and where you go next as you grow.


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Barb Stanley
Founder and President @Wonderful Works Ministry
Growing up with a brother who has Autism, Barb understands what life as part of a family affected by disability feels like. She is an advocate who wants to see disability ministry become an expected part of every church. She started her career in graphic design and illustration before moving into ministry. Here, she specialized in ministry mobilization and church administration. In 2014, she founded 139 Kids Special Needs Ministry at her church and has been serving in it ever since. In 2020, Barb completed her Master's Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University and founded Wonderful Works Ministry, an online disability ministry training resource center that helps equip churches to serve families affected by disability. She lives in Ohio with her husband, Brandon, and two teenage sons.
Leah Whicker
Special Education Consultant @Wonderful Works Ministry
Leah has had a passion for working with children for as long as she can remember. After studying Early Childhood Education at The Ohio State University, she moved to Northern Virginia, where she started her career in education as a preschool teacher. Leah and her family moved back to Ohio in 2012, and in 2014, she began serving in her church’s Special Needs Ministry, 139 Kids. Here, Leah became the co-leader, specializing in creating positive support plans for children in the ministry. Leah attended Ashland University, where she earned an Intervention Specialist teacher’s licensure. Leah currently works as an Intervention Specialist in a local elementary school and continues to serve her church's Disability Ministry. She is passionate about equipping churches to have their own Disability Ministries. Leah is married, and she and her husband, Chris, have two school-aged children.