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Contains information for exploring and supporting the spiritual and religious preferences of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. There will also be information and resources for support providers, congregations, and service organizations.

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Managed by: Shelly Christensen (shelly@inclusioninnovations.com) of Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis

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Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online) (60 Products)
Electronic Media (17 Products)
Organizations, Programs, and Projects (19 Products)
Other (1 Products)
People Who Can Help (1 Products)

Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online)
A Constructive Theology of Intellectual Disability: Human Being as Mutuality and Response
This book is about how people with significant intellectual disabilities experience religion
A Part or Apart? Disability and Inclusion in the Faith Community
This photo essay shows people with disabilities being included in their faith communities. There are also written stories about disability and inclusion, and a discussion guide to help everyone talk about what they see.
A place in the pew: People with disabilities advocate to attend church of choice
This article talks about accessibility and people with disabilities being able to attend the church of their choice.
AAPD Employment Opportunities Awareness flyers
These two flyers encourage members of faith communities to help people with disabilities find jobs. They are meant to be used as bulletin inserts.
Accessibility Audits
This checklist helps churches be accessible for people with many kinds of disabilities.
After We’re Gone: A Christian Perspective on Estate and Life Planning for Families That Include a Dependent Member with a Disability
This book helps parents and families plan for the ongoing care of loved ones with disabilities. It is written from a Christian perspective.
Against tall odds: Being a David in a Goliath World
This true story is about a man born with diastrophic dwarfism. It tells about his courtship and marriage to woman he met at the Little People of American convention, and their children as well as his careers in movies and computers.
Amazing Gifts: Stories of Faith, Disability, and Inclusion
This book tells sixty-four stories about how faith communities have become inclusive of people with disabilities. The stories cover many different religious traditions and disability types.
Autism & Alleluias
A book written by the mother of young adult with Autism. She uses the stories gathered over many years to explain what her life has been like. The author also explains how Christianity helped her.
Autism and Faith: A Journey into Community
This booklet is about including children and adults with autism in faith communities. It contains real life stories and short articles written by family members, theologians, pastors, rabbis, people with autism, and professionals.
Autism and Your Church: Nurturing the Spiritual Growth of People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (revised & updated in 2011)
This book helps churches welcome people with Autism Spectrum Disorder into the full life of their congregations.
Beginning and Strengthening Inclusive Ministries and Congregations
This resource list is about helping people with disabilities get involved in faith communities. It is free online.
Beyond Accessibility: Toward Full Inclusion of People with Disabilities
This book is about full inclusion of people with disabilities into faith communities.
Breaking Bread, Nourishing Connections: People with and without Disabilities Together at Mealtime
This is an easy-to-use book with poems, personal stories and photographs from people around the world. It shows how mealtime can be a chance for people with and without disabilities to spend time getting to know each other.
Caring Relationships: Helping People with Mental Impairments Understand God's Gift of Sexuality
This guidebook addresses questions of sexuality/relationships and people with ID/DDs from a Christian perspective. It is written to caregivers and friends of people with ID/DDs.
Churches mustn't neglect the disabled
This newspaper article explained the need of all church's to be inclusive of people with disabilities. It also explained the costs in doing so. It was written in January, 2011.
Connecting Individuals With Disabilities With Meaningful Employment
This two page sheet tells about ways faith communities can support people with disabilities who are looking for work.
Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Disabilities
This academic book is about many topics affecting people with intellectual disabilities.
Disability and Religious Diversity: Cross-Cultural and Interreligious Perspectives
This book is about culture, disability, and religion.
Disability Justice and Spirituality
This special edition issue from Tikkun Magazine is about theological views of disability and justice.
Discovering Trinity in Disability: A Theology for Embracing Difference
This book uses Christian teachings to argue that churches must be inclusive. Its authors are biblical scholars who are also parents of two daughters who have significant disabilities.
Expressing Faith in Jesus Church Membership for People with Intellectual Disabilities
This book, and accompanying resource kit, guides church leaders on including people with intellectual disabilities in the Christian sacraments. These are things like baptism and confirmation.
This periodic e-newsletter shares information about spirituality and persons with developmental disabilities.
Helping People with Developmental Disabilities Mourn: Practical Rituals for Caregivers
This is a book for caregivers to help people with disabilities mourn the death of a loved one.
Hope Will Find You: My Search for the Wisdom to Stop Waiting and Start Living
A book written by a Jewish Rabbi. She tells of her journey as a parent of a child with a disability.
Impact: Feature Issue on Faith Communities and Persons with Developmental Disabilities
A collection of articles that introduce key issues, provide examples of exemplary programs, share personal stories, and provide resources for persons interested in building inclusive fath communities
Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, Families, and Congregations
This book has guides to help people with developmental disabilities be part of the faith community of their choice. It also helps congregations be more welcoming and creative, and teaches support staff how to pay attention to people's spiritual needs.
Inclusion Handbook: Everybody Belongs, Everybody Serves
This booklet helps church leaders in welcoming people with disabilities to worship.
Inclusion in a Faith Community
This fact sheet gives families ideas on ways to find the right congregation and ensure inclusion for people with disabilities.
Intellectual Disability and Faith Communities: Perspective of Catholic Religious Leaders
This scholarly paper examines the views of some Catholic leaders on the inclusion of people with disabilities.
Jewish Community Guide to the Inclusion of People with Disabilities
This guide helps faith communities provide a supportive and inclusive environment for people with disabilities.
Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month Resource Guide
This has many practical resources to help Jewish communities become inclusive for people with disabilities.
Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month: Program Guide
This booklet has many practical ideas to help Jewish communities become more inclusive of people with disabilities.
Journal of Religion, Disability, and Health
This academic, interfaith journal sharing many different ideas about spirituality and disability.
Key Resources for Creating and Building Partnerships between Provider Agencies and Religious Organizations/Congregations to Address Spiritual Supports for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their Families.
This list has books, reports, websites, videos and more. All support the inclusion of people with disabilities in faith communities.
Low Cost Accommodations For Accessibility in Your Synagogue
A list of ways synagogues can become more accessible for people with disabilities.
No box to tick
This booklet explains the spiritual needs of people with intellectual disabilities.
On the Road to Congregational Inclusion: Dimensions of Faith and Congregational Ministries with Persons with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families
This guide has many resources helpful to clergy, laypersons, families and service providers.
One family's story of inclusion in religion.
This online article is written by a mom whose daughter has multiple disabilities. In it she explains how she helped her daughter become included in Church and Sunday School.
Person Centered Planning for Later Life: Death and Dying - A curriculum for Adults with Mental Retardation
This training curriculum helps people with mental disabilities understand death and grieving. It includes six lessons lead by a facilitator and a student notebook. Pictures and interactive options, such as field trips to a funeral home, are included.
Position Statement on Spirituality
This statement explains the belief that people with disabilities have the right to worship, or not, how and where they want.
Quality in Practice: Spirituality
This fact sheet provides tips for how organizations can support people in their spiritual lives.
Resource Packet on Disability, Spirituality, and Healing
This resource packet presents articles, an annotated bibliography, a course syllabus, and handouts on disability and spirituality.
Role of spirituality and religion in family quality of life for families of children with disabilities
In this scholarly article, the authors looked at how spirituality and religion helped with family quality of life.
Shaped by God
Thus book is about how people can build their Christian faith. There is one chapter about helping people who have developmental disabilities.
Signs of the Times: Theological Themes in the Changing Forms of Ministries and Spiritual Supports with People with Disabilities
This short article was a reflection of how inclusive faith communities were as it was written, and suggested ways they could become more inclusive.
Speaking Out: Gifts of Ministering Undeterred by Disabilities
This book is about people with disabilities who are ministers in the Methodist church.
Spirituality and Hospitality: What the Church Can Learn by Welcoming Persons with Disabilities
This paper talks about what the Reformed Church of America would gain by welcoming people with disabilities.
Strength in Weakness: The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God
The author of this book wants people with disabilities to be seen as they are, not changed or healed.
Supportive Care in the Congregation: Providing a congregational network of care for persons with significant disabilities
This small book outlines a vision for networks of support within faith communities. These networks help people with disabilities and their families.
The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God
This book talks about the church and views on disability.
The Christian Citizen (Issue focused on Disability)
An issue of a christian magazine that contains articles about the inclusion of people with disabilities. The entire issue can be downloaded as a PDF file at no cost.
The Church and Disability
This book is about the success of churches in including people with disabilities. The author has a very active blog, and these are its highlights over several years.
The Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability
This journal features articles about inclusion of people with disabilities into faith communities.
The Teacher's Gift: Using your Core Gift to Inspire and Heal
This book explains how gifts and wounds both help and hinder people's ability to help others. It includes interviews with helpers and their wisdom about gifts and helping.
The Year of Our Lord: Faith, Hope and Harmony in the Mississippi Delta
This book tells the story of Lucas, a man with cerebral palsy who is an important and valued member of his church. It has both photographs and text.
Tips for Creating a More Inclusive Congregation
This tip sheet has ideas about how to make synagogues and other places more accessible and open to those with disabilities.
Understanding Death and Illness and What They Teach About Life: An Interactive Guide for Individuals with Autism or Asperger's and their Loved Ones
A book to help people with autism with questions they may have after the death of a loved one.
V'khol Banayikh: Jewish Education for All
This book describes how people with disablities can best be included in activities around the Jewish faith.
Ya Got People: Helping people with developmental disabilities deal with grief, bereavement and loss
This book is for those who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have experienced loss. Both authors are people who have disabilities themselves.
Electronic Media (Videos, CDs, T.V., Radio, Websites, etc.)
A Place for All: Faith and Community for Persons with Disabilities
This film is about making faith communities accessible to persons with disabilities.
Best Man
This movie follows Philly 20 years after he moves into a group home. Told by his cousin, Ira Wohl, this movie describes how Philly becomes more independent. It also shares Philly's integration into the Jewish community and religious life at age 70.
Church Response to People with Disabilities: 3 Approaches
This blog entry talks about three ways that the church sees people with disabilities.
Creating Room In God's House
This short video is about people with disabilities being welcomed in faith communities. It aired on PBS.
Disabilities and Faith.org
This website offers many ideas to help houses of faith become more accessible and inclusive.
Disabled Christianity
This blog is about the successes and struggles of churches in respecting and including people with disabilities.
Disabled Christianity Blog
This website focuses on religion and disability.
Faith Communities and Disabilities
In July 2009, PBS aired a short segment about the full inclusion of people with disabilities in religious communities. You can watch it online and leave comments.
Mayor of the West Side
This documentary film tells the coming-of-age story of Mark Puddington, a teenager with multiple disabilities who is a local celebrity in his NYC neighborhood.
Muslimah Next Door (Blog)
A blog by an American Muslim who has a son with autism. Her blog posts are about faith, family and autism.
Praying with Lior
This documentary film is about a Jewish boy who has Down syndrome. It shows his bar mitzvah, and the influence his deep faith has on others in his congregation.
Profession of Faith for People with Intellectual Disabilities (blog)
This blog article is about faith and people with intellectual disabilities.
See it! Say it! Sign it!: Using American Sign Language in Worship
This short video shows how three churches are learning to use American Sign Language as part of their worship.
Summer Institute on Theology and Disabiltiy 2010 and 2011
These are audio recordings of an interesting conference.
The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's webpage on the inclusion of people with disabilities
This webpage offers resources on being inclusive of those with disabilities in the Jewish religion.
The Vulnerable Journey
An audiotape of Father Henri Nouwens powerful forty-five minute talk from the 1996 "That All May Worship" conference on inclusion convened by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago.
We Will Not Be Hidden
This film is about the lives of Muslim Americans who have a disability. You can watch it for free on YouTube.
Organizations, Programs, and Projects
All Are Welcome: A faith inclusion program
This project develops resources to help faith communities become more inclusive of people with disabilities.
Anabaptist Disabilities Network
This national organization helps Anabaptist congregations, families, and persons with disabilities to create inclusive communities.
Catholic Charities' Office of Disabilities Ministries
This office helps Catholic churches in the area around Erie, Pennsylvania be inclusive of people with disabilities.
Christian Learning Center Network
This agency helps churches establish inclusive practices.
Collaborative on Faith and Disability
This Collaborative brings together many researchers and others interested in supporting inclusive faith communities. Their website has many free, downloadable resources.
Congregational Accessibility Network
A network of people and a website with tools to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in faith communities.
Faith For All
This organization helps faith communities become more inclusive of people with disabilities.
Friendship Ministries
This organization provides information and new ideas for helping people with disabilities learn about faith and become members of a church.
Inclusive Innovations for Inclusive Faith Communities
This organization helps Jewish faith communities to be inclusive of people with disabilities.
Joni and Friends International Disability Center
A nationally-based ministry that uses the messages of Christianity to address the needs of people with disabilities.
National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry
This Catholic organization supports the inclusion of people with disabilities in faith activities.
National Catholic Partnership on Disability
This agency works for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the Catholic church and in society.
Office for Cultural Diversity and Persons with Disabilities (Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh)
This ministry assists Catholic parishes in Pittsburgh to fully include people of diverse races, cultures and abilities.
Rejoicing Spirits Ministry
This organization helps churches become more inclusive of people with disabilities.
Religion and Spirituality Division of the AAIDD
A group for religous and spiritual leaders that journey with persons who have developmental disabilities and their family members.
Texas Faith Inclusion Network for People with Disabilities and their Families
This network connects those who are working to create inclusive faith-based communities. Its membership includes congregations, organizations, and individual people.
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center: Disabilities, Religion and Spirituality Program
This University-based program promotes ways for people with disabilities to express their religion or spirituality.
United Methodist Committee on Disability Ministries
A committee to help the United Methodist Church be an inclusive faith community for people with disabilities.
Yachad, National Jewish Council for Disabilities
This program believes in full inclusion of Jewish people with disabilities in community life. It provides services to people of all ages.
Church Response to People with Disabilities: 3 Approaches
This blog entry talks about three ways that the church sees people with disabilities.
People Who Can Help
Mike Green
Mike works from a citizen-centered perspective with local people at the center. The focus is on two organizing questions: organizing local citizens and their allies to mobilize their local resources to work together to solve problems, and how agencies ...

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