Making welcoming churches for families with special needs children

Kelli just wrapped up a workshop at the 2014 Quadrennial Women’s Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on how your congregation can be more welcoming to families with special needs children. It was a great group and great conversation. If you would like to view the presentation she used — including the example video and resource handout — visit our Autism and the Church page.

Autism Awareness Photo

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What does autistic looks like?

A couple days ago a well known rapper, 50 Cent made a remark on his twitter page in a response to a tweet saying, “yeah just saw your picture fool you look autistic.”  Naturally this caused a lot of emotion within the autism community and upset many fans.

Holly Robinson Peete, an actress and respected autism advocate, immediately wrote a letter to 50 Cent urging him to realize the damage in using the word “autistic” by possibly turning it into a negative insult. (more…)

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Autism Positivity Day 2012 Flash Blog #IWishIDidn’tHaveAspergers

Autism Positive 2012 Flash Blog

A couple weeks ago within the autism community someone came up with the idea of creating a flash blog. Just like the flash mobs you see around the world. If you are not familiar to what is a flash mob here is the Autism Awareness Day Flash Mob that happened this year on April 2nd.

What started this idea is someone was desperate and was trying to find information on “I wish I didn’t have Aspergers.” So the creators for the Autism Positivity Day  flash blog wanted all bloggers to blog about the positive side of autism on April 30th and tweet the hash tag #IWishIDidn’tHaveAspergers with a positive message. This way all the blogs and tweets will flood the search engines for this individual and others searching to know, not to loose hope there is help and support out there! (more…)

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DisciplesNet Church: The Silent Needs

I was given the opportunity 2 weeks ago to write a devotional for autism awareness month on DisciplesNet Church which is an online church community for those who are unable to go to church. Most special needs families have a difficult time going to church and some do not even feel welcomed in church. Plus all the sensory difficulties that can happen with smells, noises, numerous church members, distracting decorations, and different surroundings is very overwhelming for children with autism. DisciplesNet Church is another resource special needs families can use to stay connect at home on their faith journey. They can go to DisciplesNet Church anytime of the day and it will always be their for additional support. (more…)

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My Rainbow

My mom is finding out that she likes to write. Mom has been a kindergarten teacher for over 30 years and is absolutely wonderful with children. Plus she is one of  my biggest supporters when it comes to the girls. Mom and I have gotten closer when I had the girls and even more close when the girls were diagnoised with autism. Here is a short story mom wrote for Michaela to be shared for autism awareness month! (more…)

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