Resources on Faith Communities and Individuals with Disabilities
Caring Relationships: Helping People with Mental Impairments Understand God's Gift of Sexuality. By R. C. Vredeveld. Written from a Christian perspective, this book includes chapters on sexuality in relation to the Bible, the dimensions of caring relationships, sexual abuse, marriage, and a model for support that faith communities can use with married couples who have cognitive disabilities. Published by CRC (Christian Reformed Church) Publications and distributed by Faith Alive Resources (http://www.faithaliveresources.org) and other booksellers.
Friendship Ministries (http://www.friendship.org). This interdenominational ministry helps equip churches to include people with intellectual disabilities. One model it offers is the Friendship program, a ministry with people who have intellectual disabilities that congregations can implement. Friendship Ministries provides the help needed to start local Friendship groups and materials to use in the weekly gatherings that bring people with intellectual disabilities and mentors together for social and spiritual nourishment.
The Jewish Community Guide to Inclusion of People with Disabilities. By S. Christensen. This book provides a framework and strategies for use by any Jewish organization seeking to include individuals with disabilities in all aspects of congregational and organizational life. It's published by the Minneapolis Jewish Inclusion Program for People with Disabilities, a program of Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis, and available at http://www.jfcsmpls.org/pdf/inclusionordernew.pdf or 952/542-4838.
Religion and Spirituality Division of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (http://www.aaiddreligion.org). On the division's Web site are extensive resources from around the country related to spirituality and inclusion in faith communities for people with disabilities.
Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/232). Citation: Fager, S., Hancox, D., Ely, C., Stenhjem, P., & Gaylord, V. (Eds.). (Spring/Summer 2010). Impact: Feature Issue on Sexuality and People with Intellectual, Developmental and Other Disabilities, 23(2). [Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration].