Monday, January 7, 2013

Resources for Disability Ministry

For Ed Stetzer, here are some links from a website I once managed, and will manage again once I put it up on a new server. Until then:

Links & Networking

For Churches Reaching Out:

CCFH Ministries -- A foundation enhancing the lives of the disabled through direct service and training others. Find out how to earn your Certificate in Disability Ministry through a distance learning course they've developed in conjuction with Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Link Added 04-17-07)

NATHHAN article -- How Churches Can Support Families Living with Autism...PDD...other disabilities by Karla Akins, D.Ch.Ed. A pastor's wife and mother describes the hurt she felt at how her children were first treated at church, and then goes on to describe how she set up an accommodation program at that church. If you keep reading, she details the framework for the program.

Inclusion in Worship -- Originally an article posted on the Pathways Awareness Website, now expanded and moved to its own website -- InclusionInWorship.Org. The original article, if you can still find it, begins with one family's story of how their church ministered to them, and then lists some practical ideas for including autistic children in the worship service. (Link Updated 04-17-07)

Teaching the Learner with Autism -- An article by Robyne Batson of Shepherd Boy, a Christian organization that provides strategies for individuals with autism and related disabilities.

Through the Roof -- "making the Christian message accessible." A U.K.-based online ministry to equip churches special need ministry (including autism), train the disabled for leadership in the church, and provide fellowship for the disabled. Has helpful printable resources posted on their website.

Information on Autism for Religious Education Teachers -- Written by Charlotte Hawkins-Shepard for the United Methodist Church's General Board of Global Ministries. Lists the characteristics and behavior patterns in autism and gives suggestions for teaching students with autism.

Autism - -- The North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention has a section on disabilities awareness in their evangelism section. This is the direct link to the page on autism. Other disability categories are listed on the side menu to the left.

For General Disability Information:

Is Your Website Disability Accessible? -- Published by the "I Lift My Eyes" website. Gives some suggestions on how to make your website more user-friendly to the disabled community.

Faithability -- A website that encourage awareness and discussion on religion, disability and spirituality issues. Has a resource directory and a message board.

Joni and Friends -- Founded by Joni Eareckson Tada for equipping Christ-honoring churches worldwide to evangelize and disciple people affected by disability.