Welcoming People with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families: A Practical Guide for Congregations


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by Courtney E. Taylor, Erik W. Carter, and others. Disabilities, Religion, and Spirituality Program of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

This short (18 page) booklet is jam-packed with helpful information, practical strategies, and resources to assist congregations in various aspects of including and welcoming persons with disabilities and their families. Each one-page topical section includes a narrative summary of information, a bulleted list of strategies, a reading list, and a list of online resources. The topics cover a spectrum of specific issues, including disability awareness in the congregation, specific supports for parents and families, crafting and modifying religious education programming, preparing inclusive worship with appropriate supports, physical accessibility and more. Congregations wanting to welcome and include one individual with a developmental disability will find this a helpful guide. Similarly, congregations wanting to provide broad-based ministries and programming in this area will also find a wealth of information. The publication is available as a free download from the website of the Disabilities, Religion, and Spirituality Program of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

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