ERIC Number: EJ970251
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
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Characteristics of Inclusive Faith Communities: A Preliminary Survey of Inclusive Practices in the United States
Griffin, Megan M.; Kane, Lydia W.; Taylor, Courtney; Francis, Susan H.; Hodapp, Robert M.
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v25 n4 p383-391 Jul 2012
Background: Although participation in faith communities is important to many individuals with disabilities, few studies have examined differences between communities that are more (versus less) inclusive. This study investigated characteristics of faith communities in the United States related to greater inclusion. Methods: Participants were 160 respondents to an anonymous survey about inclusion. Survey items grouped together to form three inclusion-related outcomes: the degree to which faith communities welcome and include individuals with disabilities; the roles and contributions of congregants with disabilities; and physical accessibility. Results: Across these outcomes, more inclusive communities (i) featured faith leaders who were more committed to inclusion; (ii) used educational resources to address disability-related issues; (iii) portrayed people with disabilities positively in their religious teachings; (iv) had stronger ties to disability organizations; and (v) had a stronger orientation towards promoting social justice. Conclusions: These five characteristics have important implications for promoting inclusion in faith communities.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Church Role, Disabilities, Educational Resources, Inclusion, Churches, Surveys, Accessibility (for Disabled), Leadership Responsibility, Social Attitudes, Religious Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United States