November, 2009

RE:     A Conference on Faith and Disability

We are very excited to inform you of our upcoming, second annual conference on January 22-23, 2010, entitled “A Conference on Faith and Disability.”  The conference is hosted by Access Ministry of Northland: A Church Distributed, in Longwood, Florida.

This is a unique time for the community as we continue to grow in welcoming those from across Florida and beyond. The opportunity to gather each year is powerful – we link persons with disabilities, their families and friends, caregivers, ministry personnel across all denominations, and community and faith-based organizations together under one roof.  It differs from most other disability-related conferences in that the discussion of access to and inclusion within the faith community is an integral part of the conference.

You have the opportunity to join with us in this exciting event!  As an exhibitor, you will be a great asset to the conference.  You will benefit from the exposure to those in attendance, many who are learning about disability-related issues for the first time.  The resource and information you provide will be a great service to our attendees.

Vendor display hours will run as follows during the conference: 

Friday, Jan. 22 – 3:00-5:00 pm                   Vendor Set-up

Friday, Jan. 22 – 5:00-9:00 pm                   Vendor Exhibits Open

Saturday, Jan. 23 – 8:00 am – 2:00 pm     Vendor Exhibits Open

Saturday, Jan. 23 – 2:00-3:30 pm              Vendor Break-down

This year features dedicated Exhibitor Hall time with no scheduled speakers or break-out sessions.  Those times will be 5:00-6:30 p.m. on Friday during registration, 8:00-9:00 a.m. on Saturday, and again during lunch break on Saturday from 12:30-1:30 p.m.  In fact, attendees will be seated for lunch in the same hall with the vendors.

With the purchase of an exhibitor table, you will receive:

  • A six foot, cloth-covered display table, with free electrical hook-up.
  • Full registration for two representatives of your organization to man the exhibit (the registration includes snacks, continental breakfast, and lunch, as well as admittance to keynote and workshop sessions).  Please note however, all vendor tables will be open during the entire conference, and will need at least one representative at the table at all times.  You will be able to include one or two more representatives of your organization for an additional cost.
  • Listing in the conference program booklet which all participants, vendors, and conference volunteers will receive.
  • The opportunity to interact with a variety of attendees.
  • And most important — the distinction of participating in a unique outreach effort to support and encourage those with disabilities, their families, and interested community and faith-based personnel. 

For full conference information as well as Vendor Registration, go to:

http://www.northlandchurch.net/calendar/details/faithdisability_conference/

We trust you will find the conference of interest and ask that you to share the information with others.

Confirmation of your participation will be sent upon receipt of your registration.  A vendor packet will then be sent closer to the actual conference date.  Please note that vendor space will be limited to the first twenty registrants – we hope you are one of them!

Please feel free to contact Laura Lee Wright, Director, Access Ministry, at Northland Church, at 407/937-0549 or lauraleewright@northlandchurch.net, with further questions.

Many thanks for your consideration —

 

 

Laura Lee Wright

Conference Team Member