Including individuals with disabilities in a faith community: A framework and example

Penina Goldstein, Melinda Jones Ault

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Faith communities should be prepared to provide effective inclusive models that allow individuals with disabilities to be included in the ongoing activities of the community and that provide a welcoming support network for the family. This article describes a framework for building inclusive practices in faith communities and provides an example of an effective model used by a Jewish synagogue to include a child with autism spectrum disorder and his family. The multi-component model included assessing the needs, providing recommendations to religious leaders, implementing the program, and evaluating the effectiveness of the program and providing follow-up. The model is described and suggestions are made for other communities of faith that wish to implement similar programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Disability and Religion
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015

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  • Autism
  • Disabilities
  • Faith
  • Inclusion
  • Judaism
  • Religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Religious studies


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