**Companion Resources Newsletter**
edited by Paul D. Leichty
Volume 6, No. 8 August 2004
This issue of Companion Resources Newsletter is something of a celebration and an introduction.
As some of you know, I have been writing this newsletter for nearly six years now. Companion Resources has been something of a hobby, a passion, a creative outlet, a ministry, and a home business all wrapped into one. In the meantime, most of my income has come from piecing together a succession of part-time jobs.
As a result of the flexibility this has brought, I have been able to help start and/or organize fledgling organizations devoted to building community. One of those organizations is a church-related group called the Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADNet). It has been very gratifying to be a part of the movement that created this organization and helped it to emerge.
I am pleased and humbled to accept the invitation from the new ADNet Board to become the first Director of this organization. I will be working half time from an office in a Goshen, Indiana church.
It remains to be seen how this new position, which picks up many of the same concerns that I have addressed with Companion Resources, will affect my Companion Resources efforts. But, in honor of the synergy created, I’m going to point you toward one ADNet resource (an issue of which I just wrote) that may be of more general interest.
The resource is called ADNotes. It is a quarterly newsletter for both ordained and lay leaders in the church, including teachers.
Even though we are not all trained as educators, many of us have teaching roles in the church, the community, or other informal settings. This issue of ADNotes gives an introduction to some resources for us “non-specialists” to include children and youth with disabilities in our mainstream class settings. I hope that you will find it useful. Feel free to sign up for regular updates when new issues of ADNotes are posted. Each issue explores a single topic related to disabilities, including mental illness.
You can find this resource through links on the following page:
Blessings to all of you!
Paul D. Leichty
Phone/Fax: 1-877-214-9838 (toll free)
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