Based on more than thirty years of pioneering inclusive education in Christian schools, we combine our special education expertise and our passion for inclusive worship to help churches build interdependent community for children and adults of all abilities.
Our framework for creating belonging for people of all abilities is made up of 3 parts. We look forward to working with you!
1. Perspective: Puzzle Pieces
Understanding that each person is a piece of the puzzle, a member of the Body of Christ, with both gifts (“greens”) and challenges (“pinks”).
2. Participation: Universal Design
A broad-spectrum of ideas meant to produce buildings, products, and environments that are inherently accessible to all people. Find out more about Universal Design and how you can implement it in your congregation, from our Best Practices for Building Belonging in Congregations.
3. Personalization: Responsive Design
When participation requires further support, implement Responsive Design to meet specific needs, equipping individuals to use their gifts.
For many individuals, having good practices in place related to Universal Design will give the needed supports. For others, an individualized plan will be critical for full belonging in the community.
We would be delighted to explore with you how to put supports in place for individuals in your congregation. See our Church resources for a few ideas to get you started.