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Accessible Ministry Book List

Learn from the top books on church inclusion and accessibility, with a list curated by Christian Horizons.

A Good and Perfect Gift

Amy Julia Becker

Challenging surprises often lead to unexpected joy. Amy Julia opens eyes and softens hearts as she brings readers into her story of disappointment turned to blessing. This is a journey of discovering strength through weakness.

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Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship

Barbara J. Newman

This book provides many ideas for creating a worship environment with people with an Intellectual Disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder. The book also uses a concept known as “Vertical Habits” to give a framework for creating inclusive communities of worship. Transform the worship environment for ALL by welcoming each one.

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Autism and Your Church

Barbara J. Newman

Many nurseries and Sunday School classrooms have one or more children with autism. This book helps teachers to find helpful ways to minister to children with autism.

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Every Child Welcome

Katie Wetherbee & Jolene Philo

Every Child Welcome gives practical tips and strategies for including kids with disabilities from preschool classrooms to youth group bible studies. Organized and written in a manner that’s easy to pick up and put down, teachers will love the concrete activities as well as the general principles contained within.

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How to Make Your Church Autism Friendly

Stephen J. Bedard

You have a new family with a child with autism attending your church. Now what do you do? Ontario’s own Stephen Bedard, a father of two children with autism and a former pastor, shares his story and some practical tips on how churches can welcome and effectively minister to families with autism.

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Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities

Erik W. Carter

To make inclusion work in any faith community, this how-to book gives readers workable strategies and photocopiable forms for identifying indicators of welcome, encouraging community outreach, and gathering important information about the support needs of people with disabilities and their families.

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It's Hard Not to Stare: Helping Children Understand Disabilities

Tim Huff

It’s Hard Not to Stare is the second book unpacking StreetLevel’s children’s Compassion Series. The material encourages children to look at their world through the lens of compassion and understanding, rather than assumption, judgment or fear.

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Leading a Special Needs Ministry

Amy Fenton Lee

This book serves as a practical "how-to" handbook for the family ministry team working to welcome one or 100 children with special needs.

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Special Needs Parenting: From Coping to Thriving

Lorna Bradley

Special Needs Parenting: From Coping to Thriving offers emotional and spiritual resources for the journey of special needs parenting. Sharing personal insights as a theologian and the parent of an adult son with special needs, Rev. Dr. Lorna Bradley offers encouraging and practical tools to help the reader.

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Vulnerable Communion

Thomas E Reynolds

In Vulnerable Communion, Toronto’s Reynolds draws upon personal experience and a diverse body of literature to empower churches and individuals to foster deeper hospitality with persons with disabilities.

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