Two groups of adults need the attention of the congregation. First, the children who have been in the church's Christian Education program and have grown up. Second, those members with adult-onset disabilities make up a growing part of the population. Providing appropriate Christian Education opportunities and giving them meaningful jobs to do in the church will be stressed.
The church is a good setting for siblings with a brother or sister with a disability to share their feelings, meet other kids, and enjoy quality time with a supportive group. This workshop will provide guidance on how to get a sibling support group started.
This workshop will give practical ideas for including students with autism in the church program over the lifespan. Starting with inclusion in a Bible school class as a child, in a teen program, and in a regular class for adults.
Volunteers want to teach their students about Jesus. They don't want to spend their time controlling negative behaviors. This workshop will provide some "whys" and "what to dos" with some typical behaviors that are likely to occur.