All Are Welcome is a faith inclusion training program made available by the South Carolina Autism Society. Thanks to Susan Leiby, the special events coordinator for the Autism Society, for posting the link to our Facebook page.
All Are Welcome offers lots of resources for churches, including survey forms, video links and worship videos. They have a very nice presentation narration that provides a good overview of the field of disability ministry.
What I found most interesting about their site was the results of a survey conducted by their steering committee of parents and caregivers of children with autism. Only 21% of the 63 families responding to the survey were actively participating in a church (all survey responders identified themselves as Protestant or Catholic). According to a Gallup poll conducted last year, 56% of South Carolinians attend church weekly or almost every week. Also of interest were the reasons survey participants listed for not attending church.
The team behind All Are Welcome has created an excellent resource and has provided a template for disability advocacy organizations to follow in supporting inclusion of the families they serve at church.
For more information on All Are Welcome, contact Susan Leiby at (864) 241-8669.
Thank you for helping get the word out about this program! As Project Coordinator, I am very thankful to the SC Developmental Disabilities Council for recognizing the need for All Are Welcome, and providing the grant that funded it.
…………..The Autism Society of Greater Madison serves a greater community with a great mission to improve the lives of individuals and families in southcentral and southwest Wisconsin affected by autism spectrum disorders.