FIND Symposium

Creating a Culture of Belonging


Faith Inclusion Network of Dallas (FIND) is a collaboration of faith communities from churches, temples, synagogues and mosques coming together to help identify exemplary programs and create awareness of the special needs community within all faith communities. The FIND Symposium will be an opportunity to share best practices and resources with the goal of providing a sense of belonging for all.




Come explore the multitude of different ways you can encourage and empower your child or young adult with special needs to become involved in their faith community. Discover the importance of parent and guardians acting as advocates within the faith community to provide a true sense of belonging for ALL our children. Learn successful steps taken from other parents on the same path and create a community of caring with people you can reach out to with questions or concerns as you navigate this part of the journey.


Through a collaborative approach with teachers and volunteers, learn new skills to “reach and teach” all students, regardless of their special need or disability. Our focus for this track will be defining and understanding all barriers for our students with special needs and then creating alternative supportive paths to meaningful learning and self-expression, with buy-in and support from the entire team for maximum impact. Learn and share insights and strategies to motivate, involve and boost the engagement of all our students.

Faith Leader

Share best practices with clergy and all congregational staff focus on building positive connections with all congregants. Our focus for this track will be new ways to provide meaningful opportunities for engagement and providing a true sense of belonging in your place of worship. The discussions will go beyond inclusion to true integration.

Creating a Culture of Belonging
in your community

Every community needs change makers. Whether you're a faith leader, parent or guardian with a special needs family member, or an educator hoping to support the special needs/disability community better, this symposium will offer insight and ideas on how to be more inclusive in our faith communities.


Questions can be directed to the event contact:
Director of the Special Needs Partnership,

Lorraine Friedman at or (972) 437-9950

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