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Pastoral Care: Differently Abled Persons

hotlines, guidelines and crisis intervention contacts; and support for pastoral care for children, tweens, teens, families, differently abled persons, elders and folks with memory concerns; including mindfulness, personal care and volunteer support

Welcome

Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help caregivers engage differently-abled persons in counseling and conversation around a variety of topics. Here you'll find:

  • Books & Downloads
  • Blogs, Podcasts & Articles
  • Websites & Curricula
  • Judicatory and Other Denominational Resources

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Rev. Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Websites

Sensory room ideas 

NHS Sensory Processing Hub

Ways to deal with common sensory issues (Disclaimer: This one uses the term ‘problem’ in inappropriate and unhelpful ways. However, the suggestions for mitigating sensory perception issues to develop more enjoyable social interactions are worthwhile, especially for families with multiple children and/or when working with groups of children.)

The Embodied Path Book Launch, Open Book, Minneapolis, December 6 2022 |  AllEvents.inTelling the Story of Your Body for Healing and Wholeness

Our bodies have a story to tell. When we turn toward our bodies with curiosity and reverence, we honor those stories, embrace our inner dignity, and make space for more agency. Sharing our bodies’ stories helps us feel seen so that, little by little, society’s limiting master narratives can shift so that more bodies feel safe and beautiful and have a sense of belonging.

Resources include:

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An Interactive Journal on Christian Social Justice

Disabling Lent: An Anti-Ableist Lenten Devotional

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

The Accessible Altar is a monthly podcast exploring the intersections of faith and disability. Robyn and Stephanie met in seminary and share a frustration with how the Christianity has allowed ableist ideas to shape how we think and preach about the bible, lead services, and practice theology. The website includes this list of additional resources.

Leading Ideas Talks

A Biblical Perspective on Trauma featuring Paul Cho

Tips & Tools

The National Disability Authority has an entire website offering news, research, and best practices for educators and others working with people with a disability. Their Appropriate Terms to Use may be an immediate aid.

Judicatory & Other Denominational Resources

Disability Ministries shares insight, ways congregations are engaging differently abled persons, and suggestions for furthering awareness and hospitality, including Language around Disability: An Invitation to Conversation.

     

Office of the General Assembly offers new study course for Disability Inclusion Sunday

Books

The Autism of Gxd     Book - Paperback     Dutiful Love: Empowering Individuals and Families Affected by Mental Illness     Picture of Disability     A Disability History of the United States          The Embodied Path: Telling the Story of Your Body for Healing and Wholeness  | Broadleaf Books     Loving Our Own Bones     Picture of Signs of Hope     Sincerely, Your Autistic Child     The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder     Trauma-Informed Children’s Ministry     Picture of Views from the Spectrum     Your Brain's Not Broken: Strategies for Navigating Your Emotions and Life  with ADHD - Kindle edition by Rosier, Tamara PhD. Religion & Spirituality  Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.