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.