Disability and Your Church Symposium – September 30, 2017!

Disability and Your Church – A Training and Equipping Event!

The One Roof Initiative is proud to partner with Idlewild Baptist Church to host the 3rd Annual “Disability and Your Church” Symposium on Saturday, September 30th! The event will be held 8:30am-3:00pm at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Florida, and will feature experts and those active in front line adaptive ministry. A variety of workshop presentations will be offered, addressing the topics of communication, behavior, ministry to adults with disabilities, and more! Cost: $30, lunch is included! Register Online Here:

This year, Senior Pastors and church leaderships are particularly encouraged to attend. Idlewild’s Senior Pastor, Ken Whitten, will be spearheading a host of speakers who will be part of our two session Pastor Track.  We are excited to present this year’s keynote speaker, Emily Colson, author of the award-winning book, “Dancing with Max”.

Read the Full Disability and Your Church Press Release


September Line Up of Shows

We are excited about an informative line up of shows for the month of September.

Keep tuning in on Sundays at 1pm to hear from these great resources and speakers

  • September 6th – Vocational Rehabilitation/Milton Moss
  • September 13th – Ms. Wheelchair America 2014
  • September 20th – Shriner’s Hospital
  • September 27th – Ava’s Law with Anna Bullard


Please note that all shows are subject to change.

Working with Your Local School to get the Help your Child Needs

Working with Your Local School to Get the Help Your Child Needs” by Hillsborough County Schools, Exceptional Student Education (Special Needs)

Pictured: HCPS, Special Education, Staffing Supervisor, Suzette Sample and Julie Ames, SNFH

Pictured: HCPS, Special Education, Staffing Supervisor, Suzette Sample and Julie Ames, SNFH

Suzette answers many questions that parents may have, such as:
I think my child may need help in school. What should I do?
What is special education?
Who is eligible for special education?
How does the school evaluate my child?
If my child is found eligible for special education. What next?



Welcome To Holland

This poem was very helpful to me. I refer to it frequently on my show as a way to describe what it is like to raise children with disabilities. Please enjoy the poem below.

Welcome to Holland

Written by Emily Perl Kingsley


I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this…

When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guidebooks and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum, the Michelangelo David, the gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland.”

“Holland?!” you say. “What do you mean, Holland?” I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.

But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to some horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.

So you must go out and buy a new guidebook. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It’s just a different place. It’s slower paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around, and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills, Holland has tulips, Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy, and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life you will say, “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”

The pain of that will never, ever, go away, because the loss of that dream is a very significant loss.

But if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things about Holland.

First Show Launched Successfully!

The first show of Special Needs Family Hour launched successfully on Mother’s Day on talk radio station 860AM. You can listen to the show online below


Julie Ames welcomes her first Guests on Special Needs Family Hour:
Jennifer Broughton with the Early Childhood Council and Dr. Emily Cimino with Child Find


Special Needs Family Hour Radio Show Progress

It’s starting to come together. Check out my new Media Kit Cover!
My first Broadcast will be on Mothers Day, May 10th, Sunday 1-2pm at 860AM The Answer

Julie Ames at her first radio test

Julie Ames at her first radio test

radio-coverage-mapI’m excited to be able to reach listeners in 7 counties in and around the Tampa Bay area including Hillsborough, Hernando, Polk, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota. Plus listeners can tune in online nationwide. Please spread the word to families you know to increase awareness and support.

More to come soon. Stay posted for updates on progress of the upcoming radio Show Special Needs Family Hour

Do you have a show idea? Do you want to support or sponsor? Contact us and let us know.


Welcome to Special Needs Family Hour

The Special Needs Family Hour Logo is a sun dial with the following symbols:

The Cross (father) represents Faith.

Parents with special needs children need to have faith. They need to understand that their special needs child is a gift that has been entrusted to them by God. They are not being punished. Without faith one will become bitter and feel cursed.

The Anchor (mother) represents Hope.

Parents experience many challenging days raising a special needs child. Sometimes it feels like Ground Hog Day every day. Improvement especially with challenging behaviors can be infinitesimal. There are many trying days. One has to have hope for a better future.

The Heart represents Charity.

One has to look outside themselves and their situation. If not it leads to bitterness and despair. The parent of a special needs child has to reach out to others. Write an award recommendation for a teacher; give another parent a referral; thank others for their help; etc.

The Puzzle (child) represents a special needs child with autism.

The show is not just for families with autistic children. The show is here to help all families struggling to help their special child.

Special Needs Family Hour is a registered trademark.