What if you want your church to be autism-friendly but you don’t have any families with autism in your church?
I’m glad you asked!
This is exactly the time to be thinking of these things. It is so much harder to start the process after you have had people with autism for years. The best thing is that these steps will make your church healthier even if no one with autism ever attends.
So here are some things for you to consider before the families with autism show up.
- Make sure have you have some Plan to Protect safety plan. You should have this anyway.
- Have a strong theological foundation of the image of God in all people.
- Learn to deal with loud and unexpected sounds in the worship services. Babies should help.
- Do a study of the role of the marginalized in the Bible.
- Find families in your community that are dealing with disabilities and bless them with no expectation of them attending your church.
- Educate yourself on autism and other disabilities. This is one of the major roles of this blog.
This should get you started.