Including Young People with Learning Differences

Updated February 2018.

CLC Network shares 7 Strategies to Equip Volunteers to Include Children and Teens with Disabilities.  CLC’s Barbara J. Newman is author of several essential resources:  Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship; G.L.U.E. Training Manual and DVD; Autism and Your Church; and Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities.  Check with us for CLC training DVDs and more.

Welcoming People with Developmental Disabilities and their Families:  A Practical Guide for Congregations is a free download from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

Faith Formation Learning Exchange shares a collection of resources for special needs ministry featuring Erik W. Carter’s Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities, Benjamin T. Connor’s Amplifying Our Witness:  Giving Voice to Adolescents with Disabilities, and Susan Richardson’s Child by Child:  Supporting Children with Learning Differences and Their Families.  Carter suggests ten simple ways to create a sense of belonging for children and adults with disabilities and more.

Amy Fenton Lee shares ideas in Leading a Special Needs Ministry; a DVD, Surviving to Thriving:  Successfully Including the Child with Special Needs; posts from Fuller Youth Institute; and her blog, The Inclusive Church.

Every Child Can Bloom In the Inclusive Classroom by Naomi Mitchum is a quick look handbook for Sunday school teachers.

The Promise of Disability is a Princeton IYM Blog Series.  The Disability & Faith Forum offers a summary of Princeton’s 2018 Disability & Youth Ministry Conference.

Autism Speaks provides resources for religious communities and religious resources.

The Inclusion Handbook from the Christian Reformed and Reformed Church in America Disability Concerns is available for free download.

Red Fish Theology by Leslie Neugent is a how-to guide for offering an inclusive worship service with the special needs community.  Neugent leads Parables, a “special-needs friendly” weekly worship service at Wayzata Community Church.
Rhythms of Grace guides the planning of a monthly worship and faith formation experience for children and families living with autism spectrum disorders.

Flames is a free faith development and confirmation curriculum for teens and adults with intellectual disabilities, from the UMC Disabilities Ministries Committee.

The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities by Kathleen Deyer Bolduc supports parents.

The Autism Shop in Minnetonka offers hundreds of sensory toys and tools.

As a grateful recipient of a grant from the PTCA Disabilities Concerns Mission Team, the RCC has a curated collection of picture books, curricula, and other resources that support faith communities as they welcome people of all abilities.  Contact us: