ERIC Number: ED320376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-24
Reference Count: 0
Involvement of Persons with Disabilities in Religious Practice: An Issue for Special Education.
Riordan, Judy; Vasa, Stanley F.
The paper reviews literature related to the active participation of individuals with disabilities in religious organizations. A summary is then presented of a study conducted in a mid-sized metropolitan city of clergy perceptions of services available to individuals with disabilities and their families. The study, involving 125 clergy, examined four issues: (1) provisions available for persons with disabilities, (2) religious instruction available or modified for persons with mental retardation, (3) provisions for persons with disabilities to meet rites of passage, and (4) pastoral counseling services available to parents of individuals with disabilities. Physical accommodations for individuals with disabilities were available in a relatively low percentage of religious organizations, and included: designated handicapped parking; ramps; handrails; elevators; interpretation of worship services for individuals with hearing impairments; and braille, large print, and taped reading materials. Fifty-six percent of respondents reported that religious education was available to members with mental retardation. Fifty-eight percent indicated that modifications to preparatory instruction for rites of passage were available to persons with mental retardation. The availability of a support group for parents of disabled children was reported in 6% of responses, while 72% indicated that pastoral counseling was available to parents. Includes 23 references. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (68th, Toronto, Canada, April 23-27, 1990).