These resources were chosen by workshop facilitator, author, speaker and consultant Barbara Newman to supplement the April 2013 workshop, Making Room: Cultivating Communities of Inclusion with Children and Youth with Disabilities.
Newman, Barbara J., Dr. Andrew J. Bandstra, Dr. Thomas B Hoeksema, Ralph and Carol Honderd. Making Room: Cultivating Communities of Inclusion -G.L.U.E. Manual and Training DVD. Wyoming, MI: CLC Network, 2012.
This practical guide covers the G.L.U.E. process (Giving, Loving, Understanding, Encouraging) and includes the tools and resources to assist a church in discovering how people with disabilities can be included in their communities.
Newman, Barbara J. Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities. Grand Rapids, MI: Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2012.
This book supplies tools for teachers, peers, and parents of peers by giving basic information for educators concerning specific disabilities, lesson plans for teaching peers about those areas of disability, and sample letters that can be adapted to send home to parents of peers.
Newman, Barbara J. Make Heaven a Noisier Place. DVD. Wyoming, MI: CLC Network, 2012.
This 55 Minute DVD Presentation presents practical strategies for preparing a congregation to eagerly receive those with disabilities into the body of Christ.
Newman, Barbara J. Autism and Your Church– Nurturing the Spiritual Growth of People with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Grand Rapids, MI: Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2012.
This book relates the basics about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) as well as giving very practical ideas about how to welcome individuals with ASD and best accommodate for differences in worship services, children’s small groups and adult small groups.
Carter, Erik. Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brooks Publishing Co., 2007.
This guide addresses how faith communities, service providers, and families can work together to support the full participation of individuals with disabilities in the faith community.