Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, Families and Congregations

by Erik Carter. Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 2007.
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Erik Carter states that a congregational community is an ideal place to share and strengthen faith, form lasting relationships, and develop special gifts and talents. Too often, though, people with disabilities lack the opportunities and supports to fully participate in the life of their faith community. This book is a guide for congregational leaders who want to create congregations that are places of welcome and belonging for people with disabilities. Carter helps readers reflect on how welcoming their congregation is, and could be, for people with disabilities and their families; articulate and pursue a vision of inclusion throughout their congregation; take steps to break down barriers to inclusion; design appropriate, inclusive religious education programs for children, youth, and adults; learn how service providers can actively support the spiritual preferences, strengths, and needs of people with disabilities. This how-to book provides workable strategies and reproducible forms to implement inclusion activities.