Welcoming People with Special Needs

Help for Congregations–Welcoming People with Special Needs

Learning Disabilities and the Church: Including All God’s Kids in Your Education and Worship
By Cynthia Holder Rich and Martha Ross-Mockaitis (Available at the Chicago Presbytery Resource Center and from Faith Alive Christian Resources.)

Most churches are set up for a “one size fits all” approach to ministry and worship. But one size does not fit all. Learning Disabilities and the Church: Including All God’s Kids in Your Education and Worship is a manual that helps churches better serve the needs of children and youth with learning disabilities by describing practical ideas and strategies for accommodating learning challenges, discussion questions, helpful websites, and more.

People and Congregations with Experience Welcoming People with Special Needs

  • A.W.A.R.E.-Adapted Worship And Religious Education

Reverend Martha Ross-Mockaitis created A.W.A.R.E. seven years ago in response to the spiritual needs of children and families living with moderate to severe special needs, including Autism, and Asperger’s Syndrome. Too often, families whose children and teens have moderate to severe special needs are asked to leave their churches and never come back. Winnetka Presbyterian Church has extended a welcome through A.W.A.R.E., which gives special needs children and young people an opportunity for worship and Christian Education, and gives their parents a chance to come together for mutual support.

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