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"A foundational resource . . . will help faith communities broaden their mission to include people with disabilities, and will provide answers that state agency workers have been seeking."
Practical guidebook provides workable strategies for including people with disabilities in various faith communities.
Signs and Invitations
Belonging, Believing, and Becoming
Rud and Ann Turnbull
Appendix A: Examples of Faith Group Statements Addressing Disability and Congregational Inclusion
Appendix B: Resources for Service Providers, Families, and Congregations
Posted June 1, 2007
This book is a valuable resource for congregations wishing to become a more welcoming place for children with special needs and their families. It will definitely get conversations started in your congregation if you are struggling with knowing where to begin. The book has lots of ideas for figuring out some first steps in the areas of religious education, worship experiences, outreach efforts, etc. If your congregation is already making some great strides, I think the book will challenge you to go deeper. What I especially like is that the author also writes to service providers and the 'adult system, challenging them to be more thoughtful about supporting the religious and spiritual needs of people with developmental disabilities whom they serve. It seems like too many service providers disconnect from this aspect of their clients' lives--and so it never gets addressed. Finally, the book has a chapter on bringing congregations, families, service providers, and other community members together to make their community a place of welcome for people with disabilities and their families. It is challenging--but important--work. This book really will help guide you on your way.
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