Statistics suggest that a learning difference or disability impacts one in four families. According to Episcopal priest, Susan Richardson, society’s current person-centered, relational approach to disabled persons is a theological and practical fit for communities of faith. The approach begins with the individual and asks, ‘What are this person’s unique challenges and gifts?’ It then looks for ways to affirm the person as a beloved child of God. This how-to guide offers tips and tools for integrating special needs children and youth into worship and other programs and activities. It includes resources for staff and volunteer training, curriculum adaptation, and providing practical support for families and caregivers. An extensive annotated bibliography provides a pathway to additional support materials.
Reviewed by Marie Fleming