Supporting people and families experiencing developmental disabilities

Mona Fuerstenau, Director of Lutheran Ministry Partnerships for Bethesda Lutheran Communities

This presentation will explore how the presence of developmental disabilities affects everyone in the family unit. Each experiences the journey differently. Parish nurses can play a key role to help congregations minister to the whole family so they are thriving, not just surviving. Fuerstenau worked as a speech-language pathologist for 13 years. She also is the mother of two diversely gifted young adults, considers herself primarily a disability advocate and is a lifelong Lutheran.

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