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Mark Arnold

Mark heads up Urban Saints pioneering additional needs ministry programme and is co-founder of the ‘Additional Needs Alliance’, a learning and support community. He is a ‘Churches for All’ partner, a member of both the ‘Council for Disabled Children’ and the ‘Living Fully Network’, and serves on the executive for ‘Children Matter!’ Most importantly, he is dad to James, a 14-year-old with ASD and learning difficulties.

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Autistic Pride Day - Because He’s Worth It!

Perhaps never before has humanity lived in such a self-centred, self-obsessed, self-serving,…

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Men’s Health Week - Special Needs Dads Need Support

Additional or special needs parenting is tough, with so much more to cope with than…

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International Day of Families - Who is in Your Family?

Family celebrations are great aren’t they?

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The Human Swiss Army Knife

I’ve owned a Victorinox Swiss Army penknife like this since a school trip to…

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Teacher’s Day – Being An Additional Needs Teacher AND Parent

School teaching staff, including Teachers, Teaching Assistants and the wide range…

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Swept Away, But Saved!

I will never forget the events of that sultry mid-summers day, both for the great…

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Stress Awareness and Support for Special Needs Families

Often the starting point for any organisation looking to be more inclusive of children…

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National Sibling Day

My brother is different.

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Purple Day

 Epilepsy and Autism

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Disability and Brexit

We are a year away from the agreed beginning of the Brexit transition period, due…

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Disabled Access Day?

 How About #DisabledAccessEveryday!’

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Birthdays - Celebration or Grieving?

Another year gone by, another birthday for our child with additional needs, but how…

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These are a Few of my Favourite Things

There are times when we all need something familiar, something that brings us comfort

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Teamwork

Do you sometimes think that everything is up to you?  That if you don’t…

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A Special Needs Dad’s Perspective

Yesterday evening, after I’d helped my son to shower and get ready for bed,…

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