Welcoming children with disabilities

Read the main article on a worship service with children of all abilities.

I have a child who has a disability. Here are a few ways that congregations can try to embrace families like mine.

Use person-first language. Labels can be helpful, but our children are people first: Tommy, who has autism, or David, who has epilepsy. 

Ask us what we need. We understand that you may not be able to accommodate every single, unique need. Still, when you ask how you can include us in worship, we feel acknowledged and important among the community.

Listen to our stories. Like other parents, we want to share our children’s interests, abilities, and uniqueness. We want to share the hardships and joys.

 

This article is available to subscribers only. Please subscribe for full access—subscriptions begin at $2.95. Already have an online account? Log in now. Already a print subscriber? Create an online account for no additional cost.

This article is available to subscribers only.

To post a comment, log inregister, or use the Facebook comment box.