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Buddy Training Builds Inclusion & Understanding


Join Dr. Holmes as she interviews and converses with Dr. Hunsley, known as “Doc” about everyone deserves a seat at the table and every aspect of society and community, especially the faith community, should be inclusive and aware of people with differences. “Doc” has developed an excellent buddy training program for providing support to individuals with needs, from childhood to adulthood. Experience is not necessary for this buddy training but a willingness to learn and grow and be teachable about supporting individuals is the attitude in creative and inclusive ways is a must. Dr. Holmes and “Doc’ will discuss the importance of inclusive and how to train volunteers for the best inclusive practices for various settings.

Stephen “Doc” Hunsley, M.D. is the Executive Director and founder of SOAR Special Needs in Overland Park, Kansas. SOAR (Special Opportunities, Abilities, and Relationships) serves over 900 individuals with special needs through regular respite events and a Special Needs Day Camp. Doc founded and leads the Kansas City Special Needs Ministries Network, for area church leaders. Doc also organizes the Wonderfully Made Conference held annually every October in Kansas City. Prior to creating SOAR as an independent 501(c)3, Doc created the Special Needs Ministry at Grace Church in Overland Park and Olathe, Kansas, and served as the special needs pastor. Before this, Doc was a children’s pastor. Doc is a retired pediatrician while his wife, Kay, continues practicing pediatrics. They are proud parents to three beautiful children: Luke, Mark, and Sarah. The Hunsley’s middle child, Mark, is presently running the halls of heaven. During Mark’s five-year earthly stay, he gave his family the opportunity to learn from and love a child with autism. You can follow SOAR on Facebook or Connect with Doc on Twitter: @DocHunsley.
Wonderfully Made Conference and the entire Buddy Training talked about today can be found at and will available until fall of 2021. You can also find this training at

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