Mark Arnold (The Additional Needs Blogfather) is the Additional Needs Ministry Director for Urban Saints’ pioneering additional needs ministry, including training, consultancy, conference speaking and resourcing: http://www.urbansaints.org/additionalneeds

He is co-founder of the ‘Additional Needs Alliance’, a learning and support community of almost seventeen hundred organisations, children’s & youth workers, parents and more who are passionate about inclusion and belonging in the UK and beyond: http://www.additionalneedsalliance.org.uk

He is a ‘Churches for All’ partner, a member of the ‘Council for Disabled Children’ the ‘European Disability Network’ and the ‘Living Fully Network’, serves on the executive for ‘Children Matter!’ and writes a monthly additional needs column for Premier Youth and Children’s Work (YCW) magazine as well as being a writer Firefly Community, DAD.info and Key Ministry.

Mark is dad to James, a 16-year-old with ASC, Epilepsy and learning difficulties.