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​​​​​Families Connected of Clermont County                                   

**2017 Autism & ALL Special Needs Expo Table & 2017 Breakout Session**
Contacts: Jean Houston/ Brenda Cox/ LaMonica Friedman 
2040 US Highway 50 
Batavia, Ohio 45103 
(513) 732-5034 (513) 732-0796 fax 
E-mail: fconnect@clermontdd.org 

Services are at no cost.  Our goal is to support and connect families who have a member with a disability. Each person who provides services through Families Connected has lived experience through parenting a child with a disability.  We strive to assist the caregivers to become knowledgeable self-advocates through the process of learning.Our services include educational advocacy for children ages 3-21 who is struggling in school and may need additional support.  

Our Peer Support Partners also support families who have children facing mental health and behavioral challenges and who are participating in the Wrap system. 

Families Connected is a grassroots parent organization that was founded by two parents with a passion “to help” children and adults with disabilities. Families Connected was started to “support and connect families who have a member with a disability”. They provide services as parent to parent with no charge to families.  

They have the unique situation of receiving support and funding from both the Clermont DD system and also The Mental Health system. Their services are providing resources and referrals to community agencies and support groups, educational advocacy, and Peer to Peer support in the mental health field.

They work toward making all families aware of their options and strive to help them become educated about systems, including the special education mandates. They believe families who have knowledge are more informed to make good decisions for their children and families.

Families with ASD's Autism Family Support Group    

 ** Autism Expo & Autism Yellow Pages Founder **
Founders: Greg &  Julia Ann Smith
ASD Board President: Matt Sampsel
PO Box 269 
Milford, OH 45150

Matt:  Matt@allin4autism.net
www.familieswithasd.org     www.autismexpo.org

Families with ASD was founded in 2005 by a local Cincinnati couple, Gregory and Julia Ann Smith, when their son, Luke, started having medical and behavioral issues on top of his autism. The first family autism support group meeting was Saturday, March 4, 2005. Since then, their group has grown so big, they had to go non-profit to keep up with the demands. Today, Families with ASD is not just a support group, but also the founders of the Autism & ALL Special Needs Yellow Pages, the Autism & ALL Special Needs Expo and the Autism Family Resource Center. The monthly support group meetings and group outings are free and for the entire family. Please go to their website and click on Families with ASD,and then meetings to view the calendar of upcoming Families with ASD events. The group is completely free and open to anyone touched by autism. ​

FamilyEQ -  Equipping Families to Flourish       **2017 Autism & ALL Expo Table**
Contact:  Andrea Bowsher
11161 Kenwood Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242

FamilyEQ® is the pioneer of relational health strategies and tools designed to equip family members to build more connected and stronger families.   In 2011 we launched FamilyEQ® Resource Builder, an online, self-guided assessment and problem solving process for families who are caring for a child with a chronic need.  It is a one of a kind resource developed by Psychologists and Family Counselors who spent 8,000 hours with families conducting in-home applications.   

The process fosters constructive dialogue and understanding which unites family members and their support community in the journey of care.   Key outcomes include reduced stress and improved well-being.   Family members move from a feeling of helplessness to being empowered by creating action strategies that equip them to take more control of overwhelming circumstances. 
Our online tools and services are available to organizations, professional agencies, and direct to caregivers & families.  Visit www.familyeq.us to help your family flourish. 

Friendship Ministries
Nella Vitvlugt 
2215 29th street Ste. B6 
Grand Rapids, MI, 49508 
888-866-8966, fax 616-301-7761 
Email: friendship@friendship.org 
Web: www.friendship.org 

Who is Friendship Ministries? 

Our Mission: To share God’s love with people who have cognitive impairments and to enable them to become an active part of God’s family. 

Who We Are: Friendship Ministries is a not-for-profit organization that exists to help churches and organizations around the world share God’s love with people who have cognitive impairments. We can provide you with:a model for ministry ,help getting started materials you can use to learn about God together ,the only Bible study available in Spanish for people with cognitive impairments. 

What We Believe: Society and the church often ignore the spiritual needs of people who have cognitive impairments. At Friendship Ministries, however, we believe that Everyone is created in God’s image and is deserving of love and justice—both in our society and in our churches. People who have cognitive impairments deserve a chance to know about God and feel God’s love. They also deserve to be treated with respect, and to have friendships with others who know and love God.Redemption is a gift to all. It's a gift from God that is not dependent on a certain level of intelligence. Our church is complete only when it includes all of God’s children and when all people are seen as equals—in God’s eyes and in our own eyes. 

Future Horizons, Inc                    **2017 Autism & ALL Expo Table **

Contact: Teresa Corey 
721 West Abram Street, 
Arlington, TX  76013
817-277-0727 or 1-800-489-0727
Fax: 817-277-2270

Future Horizons was created to meet the needs of teachers, therapists, and family members who face the challenge of autism. Our books, videos, and conferences bring you the most current information possible to aid in that challenge. Future Horizons was founded in 1996 with the mission of sharing information about autism and Asperger's syndrome through books and conferences. In 2010 we added a subsidiary, Sensory World, focused solely on sensory issues experienced by those with autism or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Our purpose is spreading knowledge that betters the lives of those who live and work with these conditions. 

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