As Wheelchairs Roll In, Disability Conference Ushers Out Church Exclusion of the Developmentally Disabled

April 22, 2014 | Category:Press Releases | Author: Aspergers in Children

(PRWEB) March 27, 2004

Most of us would by no means envision that there are households who are routinely turned away from places of worship. Even so, households of kids or adults with developmental disabilities and neurological problems such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and mental retardation, or who have had a brain injury or who have a mental wellness disability, generally inform of the painful rejection they have received from the faith neighborhood.

Whilst public schools have learned to accommodate these students, most churches are not prepared to meet their physical, emotional, educational, or spiritual demands. The outcome? Some parents take turns going to church even though 1 stays property with the child, but a lot of become discouraged and will merely stay at property rather than take on but an additional battle.

In response, “Taking JOY to the Planet,” a Disability Conference Helping Churches Help Families, will be held September 24-26, 2004 at Graceview Baptist Church in Tomball, Texas, just northwest of Houston. Its objective is that conference participants will turn out to be aware of the thousands of households who live with disability and will leave equipped with the need, knowledge, and curriculum to begin a disability ministry at their personal location of worship, regardless of denomination.

Graceview became aware of this require in 1994 when a loved ones with a 12-year-old who had several extreme disabilities began going to. When church leaders asked what they could do to help, Denise Briley shared her dream of a class for her son where he would have buddies like himself and not be tucked away in the nursery or the kindergarten class, and she or her husband would not have to leave a worship service when the boy began vocalizing. The “JOY” class was born when Graceview’s pastor, Bryan Donahoo, presented the need to have to the congregation and a tiny army of committed volunteers responded. As far more young children joined her son, the class grew into a loved ones ministry, and Briley eventually became Graceview’s Director of Specific Education, a hardly ever discovered church employees position.

Much more than 60 households who have been touched by disability are now enjoying full participation at Graceview simply because of the JOY (Jesus’ Chance for You) Ministry. Parents could sing in the choir, play instruments, teach Bible classes, and serve as deacons, and siblings may possibly enjoy full participation in children’s and youth activities, all whilst their family members member who has a disability is paired with a volunteer who sees to all of their requirements.

As word has spread, hundreds of churches have contacted Briley for assistance with beginning their personal disability ministries, which she believes ought to be just as frequent as possessing a nursery for infant care. The “Taking JOY to the World” Conference will share Graceview’s knowledge by way of “JOY” household video montages, awareness and acceptance sessions, parent-led panels, a pastor-to-pastor roundtable, a grandparents’ forum, volunteer education, and other seminars. The occasion will contain unique music and worship, as effectively as an exhibition hall showcasing the most current breakthrough products, resources, and services for the disability community. For registration data, please visit,, or contact 281-351-4979 to request a conference brochure.

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