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Faith Formation: Ministry with Differently Abled Persons

Resources including: Children & Family Curricula & Storytime; Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism; Denominational Resources; Tween & Teen Mental and Spiritual Health; Sexuality & Identity; and Online/At-Home Tech

Children's Books

     Bear's Bicycle     The Boy Who Grew Flowers     Picture of Different--A Great Thing to Be!     Elephant's Music: Filipina, Monika: 9781433835056: Books                    The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder                                   

Addresses issues children might hear about in the news and may not understand; straightforward and kid-friendly explanations of tough topics; includes ideas for what they can do to help make the world a better, fairer place. Each book has a glossary and additional resources.

The series includes: Culture and Diversity; Rights and Equality; Protecting the Planet; and Rules and Responsibilities.

Books to Help Talk about Bullying     Picture Books that Celebrate Diversity

Adult Books

Picture of Disability     Disability and the Church     Disability Visibility     Sincerely, Your Autistic Child     Picture of Views from the Spectrum

Judicatory & Other Denominational Resources

shares several resources about well-being in Covid-19 times, including this list geared toward caring for Youth.

UMC Ministry with Children (fb) includes tips on empowering and listening to children in this time of pandemic and a list of resources for further mental and spiritual health and formation.

The PACER Center (, 952-838-9000) is Minnesota’s primary parent resource for navigating the IEP and 504 process. They provide resources and staff to advise parents and professionals regarding their needs. Rev. Stephanie Friant, a member of the Disability Concerns Ministry and volunteer PACER Parent Leader, is trained and available to review IEPs with parents/guardians, assist with IEP meetings, and answer questions from church staff or contacts (815-592-3207,