Our special education experts focus on helping you understand the areas of gift and need around those who experience disabilities in your church and offer individualized support to help you create inclusive and interdependent communities in your congregation. Based on your needs, this can include:
Observation and Consultation Services
Meeting with Your Leadership
We will work with your leadership team to create an overall church inclusion plan based on the specific needs of your church.
Observing an Individual
During a Sunday school class, home visit, worship service, or other environment, we will do an observation and offer suggestions for supports or ideas to try in that setting.
We will work with the children in your Sunday School or youth group to help them understand and include a specific individual with unique gifts and needs. This may include providing information to peers and families that honors and celebrates the individual, leading age-specific activities that increase understanding among peers, and discussing steps forward.
Training Staff and Volunteers
Setting Up and Equipping a Wrap-Around Support Team
We are available to help support your church as you get to know an individual with unique needs and gifts, as well as offer support as you train a set of volunteers to surround that person and their family with a Wrap-Around Support Team (also known as a G.L.U.E. Team). The G.L.U.E. process is outlined in the G.L.U.E. Training Manual and DVD.
Follow Up and Support
Not sure how to move forward? We are here to offer assistance and support as your congregation takes steps toward inclusion!
Creating Action Plans
We will come alongside your church to create an action plan for including a specific individual or persons within your community.
Worship Service Planning
As you’re planning a worship service about disability, we can help you prepare or present:
- Scriptural support and teachings related to inclusion and the gifts each person has to give
- Written materials for readings, litanies, prayers, and devotions
- Children’s messages on including and honoring each individual