The Hope Conference

Where help is found for parents and educators of special needs students.

The Hope Conference 2019 details are still under works. Feel free to review the 2018 conference details below.

First Baptist Orlando
3000 South John Young Parkway
Orlando, FL 32805

Teachers, paraprofessionals, school administrators, church personnel, parents and family members of people with unique needs are encouraged to pre-register for the Saturday, February 24, 2018 event at First Baptist Church of Orlando.

Keynote Highlights

Founder of Special Books by Special KidsChris Ulmer – CEO of Special Books by Special Kids, Chris Ulmer regularly keynotes conferences and has been featured on ABC News and many radio stations. As the Men’s Soccer Coach at the University of Cumberlands, Chris proceeded to complete his Masters in Teaching with a focus in Special Education. Before starting his non-profit Chris taught in special education classrooms.

Conference Agenda

7:30 am – Check-in, Coffee and Donuts provided
8:30 am – Welcome & Introduction
8:45 am – Keynote Speaker: Chris Ulmer
10:00 am – Break
10:15 am – Breakout Session I
11:15 am – Break with Refreshments
11:30 am – Breakout Session II
12:30 pm – Raffle
12:45 pm – End of Conference

Continuing Education

Four (4) Continuing Education Units/Hours (CEUs) will be awarded for the completion of the day.

Group Rates

Interested in registering more than 10 persons for The Hope Conference? Contact Patty Myers,, for a discounted group rate.

Conference Sponsorships

Interested in sponsoring The Hope Conference? Sponsors are to be highlighted in the event promotional materials and sponsor marketing materials can be added to the registrant bags. Sponsorship opportunities include providing coffee/donuts, raffle giveaways, and refreshments. Contact Patty Myers,, regarding sponsorship opportunities.


Nearby Hotels Include:

First Baptist Church of Orlando is conveniently located off the John Young Parkway exit of I4 and only one exit away from the Millenia Mall and countless fine dining establishments.

For more information download the Save the Date or contact Patty Myers.

  • Facts at a Glance

    • 21,102

      Volunteer hours given by the Upper School Students last year.
    • 1,460

      Alumni since 1986.
  • The First Academy is Accredited by:

    • Florida Council of Independent Schools
    • Florida Kindergarten Council
    • Southern Association of Independent Schools
    • AdvancEd Southern Association of Colleges & Schools
    • Council on Educational Standards & Accountability
    • Association of Christian Schools International
  • Attend Our Admissions Open House on November 11