Beyond Barriers Disability Ministries

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God has created our world rich with diversity, where each person is beautiful and distinct. The LAC church family is only truly complete when it includes people of all ages, any type of disability, gender and race into the life of the church so that each and every one of us can share the gifts and grace that has been given by God to enrich our family. The mission of the Beyond Barriers ministry is to include people with disabilities in the life and work of the church while building supportive relationships of love - to reach out and help families and individuals find the best fit for both growing in their faith and for exercising their spiritual gifts.

The Disability Ministries serve to bring the message of the gospel to adults and children with various developmental abilities through programs like the Shepherd's Class, braille translations and sign-language.



  • Shepherd's Class

    Sunday, June 5Event Runs July 5, 2015 to June 26, 2016
    11 am - 12:10 pm, HH 401

    This class ministers to adults with disabilities through worship & songs, Bible stories, crafts and participation. Class time is 11:00 am to 12:10 pm in HH 401. We encourage arrival at 10:50 am.

    For more information, please contact Carol Baird at or call 626. 319.3923.

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Ministering to the Physically Challenged

We would like to better meet your needs as a physically challenged person. Please contact the Adult Ministries department to share your ideas. 

Ministry to the Deaf

In order to help you worship with us more effectively we offer hearing devices that are available in the Worship Center Lobby.

Sign Language Bible Translators, the Bible in American Sign Language and multiple other sign languages is freely available on the video-based Deaf Bible app.  Please to go

Ministry to the Blind

The Sunday morning worship folders and LakeAveNews are now available in Braille. Copies are placed near the hearing devices in the center of the lobby. Other materials can be produced in Braille upon request. For more information please contact Pamela Swanson at or call 626.817.4596.

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7th Annual JPAC Summer Inclusion Camp

The only summer inclusion camp in Los Angeles for special needs children and their typically-developing siblings and peers ages 5 to 16, Special Needs Network's Joe Patton Academy Camp (Camp JPAC) serves as a safe, fun haven for close to 200 participating children by providing a host of educational and recreational activities. The Camp JPAC experience includes structured activities, spontaneous free play, organized sports, and social interaction. Children attending the camp are encouraged to develop and explore their imaginations as they engage in various fun and educational activities. Camp JPAC is OPEN TO EVERYBODY. We enroll approximately 60% children with special needs and 40% typically-developing children. Camp JPAC is free for low to moderate income families.

•Math and Reading Enrichment
• Dance
• Music
• Social Skills
• Arts and Crafts
• Field Trips
• Sports
• Science
• Theater
• Games
• Talent Show
• Special Guest Instructors
• And Much More! 

Dates & Time

Cycle 1
July 11 – July 22

Cycle 2
July 25 – August 5

Camp Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Before Care: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
After Care: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Fifty-Fourth Street Elementary School
5501 Eileen Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043 

Important. Please read:
* Each child must be signed up separately. one form = one space at camp
* Spaces are first come first serve.
* To confirm your child's space at camp - you must attend a registration day to register (details to follow) Submission of application does NOT guarantee a spot with Camp JPAC due to limited space.

Admission will be need-based. Please follow these instructions carefully as incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please contact Special Needs Network if you have any questions or comments, or if you are interested in volunteering or employment opportunities at 323.291.7100 or .* Our generous sponsors and donors subsidize the tuition for campers from low to low-moderate income families. If you have a total combined household income of over $75,000, we ask that you make a contribution towards your child's subsidized tuition. Camp is free and this donation is optional.






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