Autism and Faith
Spiritual life can be an important aspect of overall quality of life - for individuals with autism and the families who support them. Dealing with a disability does not reduce the need for a spiritual life. For some, in fact, the role of faith increases significantly when overwhelmed by the challenges a disability can bring to one’s life or family. A faith community is a cornerstone for spiritual support, and more critical support at a time of crisis. But these communities offer so much more than just support, as they are also a social network hosting activities and events for education, entertainment and relaxation. Additionally, a variety of ministries and volunteer options typically invite members to contribute their time and talents to give back to the community in a meaningful way. Families dealing with autism and developmental disabilities may struggle to feel welcome in these communities, accentuating the already existing feeling of isolation from the community at large.
• Prayerfully come together as a nation to support those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.
• Increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of those affected by ASD, and their families, within their own faith communities.
• Educate and equip faith communities to better serve those affected by ASD.
• Encourage faith communities to partner with and meet the physical and spiritual needs of individuals with ASD and their families.
• Honor individuals with ASD as vital contributors to a thriving faith community.
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The Autism Society and its Faith Initiative have created a list of resources for families, faith leaders and places of worship to help nurture the relationship between families and faith communities so families may find greater comfort taking part in their selected faith.
Have you found a book, website or other faith-based tool that has been helpful to you, your family or your faith community? If so, let us know! Please email information to Mary Beth Collins: email@example.com
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