ERIC Number: EJ1094598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Supporting Congregational Inclusion for Children and Youth with Disabilities and Their Families
Carter, Erik W.; Boehm, Thomas L.; Annandale, Naomi H.; Taylor, Courtney E.
Exceptional Children, v82 n3 p372-389 Apr 2016
Although considerable attention has focused on the inclusion of young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in school, work, and residential settings, less is known about their involvement in religious activities. This article focuses on supporting the presence and participation of people with disabilities and their families in their faith communities (i.e., congregational inclusion). The authors examined the needs and experiences of these families--as well as the responses of congregations--in a study exploring 433 parents' views regarding the helpfulness and availability of 14 congregation-provided supports, selected indicators of congregational inclusion, and their associations with various child, family, and congregation factors. Findings from this study inform efforts by congregations and professionals to effectively support the involvement of families and highlight potential areas for future research and practice at the intersection of faith and disability.
Descriptors: Inclusion, Developmental Disabilities, Religious Organizations, Religious Cultural Groups, Parent Attitudes, Social Support Groups, Caregiver Attitudes, Measures (Individuals), Likert Scales, Performance Factors, Special Education, Family Programs, Church Programs, Parent Participation, Parent Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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