Conferences

CONFERENCE  2012

“Together we are one

  • Seattle Pacific University
  • March 3rd, 2012
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Medina, New York Times best selling author of “Brain Rules” and nationally acclaimed presenter. Dr. Medina will both encourage and challenge us in our interactions at church, in schools and with families affected by disability.
  • The conference will run from 9am to 4:30pm, with registration beginning at 8:30am.
  • A continental breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be provided.
  • The cost is $75 per attendee or presenter. ($25 for students)

 

Contact information
Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Ave W.
Seattle, WA 98119
Contact Person: Debby Hudson
Phone: (206) 281-2365
E-mail: dhudson1@spu.edu

 
 


CONFERENCE  2010

“It’s All About Community”

  • Seattle Pacific University
  • April 10th, 2010
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rick Steele – Seattle Pacific University “Christian Virtue and Ministry to Person Disability”
  • The conference will run from 9am to 4:30pm, with registration beginning at 8:30am.
  • A continental breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be provided.
  • The cost is $50 per person.

Contact information

  • Seattle Pacific University
  • 3307 3rd Ave W.
  • Seattle, WA 98119
  • Contact Person: Debby Hudson
  • Phone: (206) 281-2365
  • E-mail: dhudson1@spu.edu

Past NACSPED conferences.

2009 NACSPED track at the Joni and Friends, “Through the roof summit”. We were honored to partner with the Joni and Friends organization at the recent conference. NACSPED provided a conference track on special education practices which was very well received. We look forward to future involvement with JAF.
2008 NACSPED Conference … “Building Bridges: Developing Community” The fourth annual conference was held at Azusa Pacific University. There were 35 presenters. Keynotes were providedby Dr. Eric Carter, a special education professor from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Dr. Kevin Reimer of Azusa Pacific university. Dr. Carter spoke about how faith groups can move toward being more inclusive andDr. Reimer spoke about lessons he learned from an extensive study of the L’Arche communities founded by Dr. Jean Vanier.

2007 NACSPED Conference… “Looking beyond disabilities”
The third annual conference was held at Azusa Pacific University. There were 30 presenters who delivered 35 presentations which were well received by the nearly 140 attendees. Dr. Rick Eigenbrood Professor of SpecialEducation and Department Chair at Seattle Pacific University, delivered the opening keynote presentation…. The afternoon keynote was provided by Rev. Steve Bundy, the Managing Director of the Christian Institute on Disability for the Joni and FriendsInternationalDisability Center.

2006 NACSPED Conference… “Its time for a new IDEA!”
The second annual conference was held at California Baptist University. There were 32 presenters who delivered 28 presentations which were well received by the nearly 100 attendees. Dr. Jeff McNair once again delivered the opening keynote presentation, calling for a “movement of lay professionals,” specifically Christian special educators, to open the Christian church and its agents to persons experiencing disability. The closing keynote was provided by Barbara Newman, an expert on church integration of persons with autism.

2005 NACSPED Conference… “Its time for something new!”
The conference was the inaugural meeting of NACSPED and was held at California Baptist University. It was a great time of celebration of the new organization, training in state of the art special education practices and thinking about the future. There were 17 presentations delivered by 21 presenters. Founding president Dr. Jeff McNair laid out his vision for the organization. He described three major foci for the organization. The first is best practices in special education and being a Christian special educator. The second is integration of persons with disability into the local church including issues of Christian theology and disability. The third focuses on parents as full partners in education and church inclusion. A video of Dr. McNair’s inaugural presentation is available in the members’ area of this website. Julie Hutchinson (assisted by Connie Hutchinson, see the photo of Julie above by the 2006 conference information) delivered the motivating closing keynote presentation.

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