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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 to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help caregivers and parents engage children with particular needs in conversations around grief and trauma. Here you'll find:

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

See also our Contemplative & Mental Health Practices for Children & Youth and/or Hope & Resilience guides for developing self-awareness and tools for navigating distress, anxiety, and trauma.

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

Books & Downloads

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.               When Kids Ask Hard Questions, Volume 2: More Faith-Filled Responses for Tough Topics

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

person playing guitar by their computerBethany Fox: Including Those with Intellectual Disabilities

Beloved Everybody: a truly accessible church


By Timothy Bowman

Bethany Fox is the founding leader of Beloved Everybody Church in Los Angeles, a church for people with and without developmental and intellectual disabilities. They seek to do church in a way that is accessible to people with a wide range of communication styles, learning styles, and abilities.

Gray ramp up to the entrance of a white building with a red roofDisability Is Not a Dirty Word

By Allison Bird Treacy (she/her/hers) / Nov. 13, 2023

'One clear manifestation of how our church communities address issues of access and inclusion is the presence—or, more often, absence—of ramps...'

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.)

Art and Identity on the Spectrum

What does creativity look like on the spectrum? We asked four autistic artists to show us how they would like to be seen.

By Michael Luong

Judicatory & Other Denominational Resources

Disability Ministries shares insight, ways congregations are engaging differently abled persons, and suggestions for furthering awareness and hospitality.


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


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