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Feature Issue on Faith Communities and Persons with Developmental Disabilities

Published by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD) and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota • Volume 14 • Number 3 • Winter 2001/02

From the Editors

“A basic component of human rights is freedom of religious expression. Individuals with disabilities have the right to choose their own expressions of spirituality, to practice those beliefs and expressions, and to participate in the religious community of their choice or other spiritual activities.” This is the opening of the policy statement on Spirituality and Religious Freedom recently approved by the American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR). It goes on to note that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families still experience mixed responses to their presence, gifts, and needs from congregations, and limited support for religious participation on the part of disability service providers.

In this issue of Impact, we seek to address that mixed response by continuing the dialog about inclusion that has already begun between persons with disabilities, faith communities, and the disability services system. The articles provide theological frameworks for inclusion, practical tips for welcoming individuals with disabilities into congregations, ideas for service providers seeking to support religious expression, and success stories from around the country. We hope that it will contribute to the dismantling of the remaining barriers between persons with developmental disabilities and their chosen communities of faith.

What’s Inside

Overview Articles

Gifted, Called, and Differently-Abled

Liberation, Inclusion, and Justice: A Faith Response to Persons with Disabilities

Disability and Faith Resources: Organizations (sidebar)

Respecting the Urge to Join

Congregational Roles in Community Inclusion Across the Lifespan

You Are Not Alone! Resources for Inclusive Ministries and Spiritual Supports

Disability Through a Lens of Inclusion: A Theological Framework for Welcoming All

Using Spiritual Needs Assessments With Persons with Disabilities: Ideas for Agencies

Children with Autism and the Mass: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Disability and Faith Resources: Religious Education Materials (sidebar)

Jewish Life Cycle Events: Including Children With Developmental Difficulties

Program Profiles

An Ecumenical Appeal for Inclusion: The First U.S. Regional Initiative

That All May Worship: The Work of N.O.D.

Disability and Faith Resources: Guides to Inclusive Congregations (sidebar)

Bridges to Faith: Collaborating to Connect Individuals and Congregations

David's Story (sidebar)

Finding Love and Friendship: First Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Disability and Faith Resources: Guides to Community Building (sidebar)

The Greater Washington Jewish Community: A Community-Wide Response to Inclusion

Jewish Residential Living: The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes

Christ-Centered Inclusive Education: North Heights Lutheran Church

A Gift of Faith, Family, and Community

Miriam and Her Family (sidebar)

Atlanta's Interfaith Disabilities Network

Incorporating Spiritual Supports Into Residential Services: The PSCH Model

Including All God's Children: Rock Bridge Christian Church

AAMR Statement on Spirituality and Religious Freedom (sidebar)

Publication Information

Managing Editor: Vicki Gaylord

Issue Editors:

Rev. Bill Gaventa The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey New Brunswick, New Jersey
Sara Rubinow Simon Special Needs Department Board of Jewish Education of Greater Washington Rockville, Maryland
Rev. Rosalie Norman-McNaney American Baptist Homes and Hospitals Association Valley Forge, Pennsylvania National Council of Christ Committee on Disabilities
Angela Novak Amado Research and Training Center on Community Living Institute on Community Integration University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Impact is published quarterly by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD), and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. This issue was supported, in part, by Grant #90DD0506/01 from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, US Department of Health and Human Services; and Grant #H133B980047 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, US Department of Education.

The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute, College, University, or their funding sources.

For additional copies or information contact:

Institute on Community Integration University of Minnesota 109 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive SE Minneapolis, MN 55455 612/624-4512 icipub@umn.edu

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Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (http://ici.umn.edu). Citation: Gaylord, V., Gaventa, B., Simon, S.R., Norman-McNaney, R., Amado, A.N. (Eds.). (2002). Impact: Feature Issue on Faith Communities and Persons with Developmental Disabilities, 14(3) [online]. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration. Available at http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/143.

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