For many families with children on the autism spectrum, attending church can be surprisingly challenging. For my family, this has been true. We have had an easier time with school than church. Doesn't that seem odd?
The good news is that many churches are starting to listen. I'm hearing of more and more churches who have a dedicated special needs ministry. There are many different models for special needs ministries all over the country. If you google them, you will find them! This was one of my favorites to read. Four years ago, I couldn't find much of anything but now there are pages and pages.
Here are a few blog posts I found with various experiences:
The Life That Chose Me
Many Hats Mommy (guest post on another blog "The Works of God Displayed")
Joy's Autism Blog
My questions for today are:
- What is your personal experience with church and special needs ministry?
- What is your church doing to accommodate your child?
- How do they handle the individual needs of a special needs child, teen or adult?
- How open are they to working on solutions for a successful time spent in church?
- What could they be doing better?
Please, please, please do not name a church if you are going to say something negative.
If you have a great link to offer, please leave it in the comments. If you are a blogger with a post on this topic, please share that link in the comments.
This subject has been particularly emotional for me this past year, but I would like to keep the discussion as positive as possible. If you want to hear a little part of my own experience, you will find it here.