Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, Families, and Congregations / Edition 1

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Practical guidebook provides workable strategies for including people with disabilities in various faith communities.

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Editorial Reviews

Jeff McNair

"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."
Professor of Education, Calvin College - Thomas B. Hoeksema
"Eloquent and wise . . . will be a treasured resource for members of faith communities who care about welcoming and using the gifs of all people."
Executive Director, Friendship Ministries, Grand Rapids, Michigan - Nella Uitvlugt
"A comprehensive guide enabling congregations to be truly welcoming communities for all people . . . I heartily recommend this as a 'first choice' resource for seminaries, clergy, churches, and service providers."
"Practical, with examples of successful efforts and detailed questionnaires to uncover barriers."
Jewish Children's Adoption Network
"Covers a variety of aspects of integration of the individual into the community, including useful checklists, and suggests was that people with a wide range of disabilities can be welcomed and included in religious programming, as well as in religious educational settings."
Anabaptist Disabilities Network
"Delightfully interesting….The principles and guidelines that form the heart of this book will be relevant for many years to come."
Religious Education
"A very practical book . . . an example of the integrity of a comprehensive congregation ministry, and [a] guide for improving the attitude of hospitality in any faith community."
"Addresses the magnitude of the problem that exists in people's attitudes about disabilities, whether they are well-intentioned or not."
Christian Education Journal
"A valuable addition to two major fields of study--theological support of faith communities and special education....A must-read for the faith community who plans to do outreach to persons with disabilities as well as those without."
"Sure to be a treasured resource for members of faith communities…A foundational resource that will help faith communities broaden their mission to include people with disabilities."
Execeptional Parent
"A 2007 Best Special Needs Title"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557667434
  • Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,363,210
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Erik W. Carter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Special Education, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 432 East Campus Mall, Madison, Wisconsin 53706

Dr. Carter’s research, teaching, and writing focus on effective strategies for including youth and young adults with disabilities meaningfully in schools and communities. He is the author of Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, Families, and Congregations (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 2007) and co-author of Peer Buddy Programs for Successful Secondary School Inclusion (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 2008) and The Transition Handbook: Strategies High School Teachers Use That Work! (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 2000). Prior to receiving his doctorate from Vanderbilt University, he was a high school transition teacher in San Antonio, Texas.

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Table of Contents

About the Author

Signs and Invitations
Bill Gaventa

Belonging, Believing, and Becoming
Rud and Ann Turnbull


  1. Lives of Faith: Moving Toward Full Participation
  2. A Welcoming Congregation: Signs of Hospitality
  3. Welcoming, Including, and Connecting: Becoming a Responsive Congregation
  4. Designing Inclusive Religious Education Programs
  5. Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families: The Other Six Days
  6. The Contributions of Service Providers: Supporting Spiritual Expression
  7. Launching Communitywide Efforts: Partnering Together for Inclusion

Appendix A: Examples of Faith Group Statements Addressing Disability and Congregational Inclusion

Appendix B: Resources for Service Providers, Families, and Congregations


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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2007

    Excellent resource for disability ministry

    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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