The Additional Needs Blogfather

Passionate about helping everyone to belong

About The Additional Needs Blogfather

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:

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:

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, and Key Ministry.

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



Sometimes Care Giving Stinks

Don't be alone and don't give up.

clearly nurturing publishing

nurturing faith; ASD friendly


When the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. (Titus 3. 4-5)

The Wrong Kind of Snow

Adventures in parenting from a reluctant SEN specialist.

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nurturing faith; ASD friendly


Supporting churches to include people with Autism and Learning Disabilties


Life with two children with autism and a mum that believes in miracles.

The Additional Needs Blogfather

Passionate about helping everyone to belong


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