Including Special Needs Children in the Life of the Church is a resource developed by Elizabeth Christie through Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church to assist teachers and leaders of children in the area of faith formation. You will find this resource helpful as you provide intentional and radical hospitality to children with special needs and their families. Included is information on identifying the needs of parents and families, classroom setup and management, and also adapting curriculum and activities. Elizabeth Christie has served in local United Methodist congregations as minister to children and families. Her training, experience, and education are in Special Education, Literacy Education, Children and Families Ministry, and as the sibling of a wonderful woman with Down Syndrome.
Click here to go to an exceptional blog about including people with disabilities in your congregation.
A website with lots of ideas and FREE downloadable resources for starting and maintaining a special needs ministry.
Enhancing Your Interactions with People with Disabilities – Practical Tips from the American Psychological Association
Click here to go to the United Methodist Committee on Disability Ministries web page. There are lots of good resources here.
The United Methodist Committee on Deaf and Hard of Hearing ministries sponsors this web page full of valuable resources.
This link goes to a page on the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministry website on HIV/AIDS ministry. There are lots of links to resources here.