All Are Welcome

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.

About Dr. G

Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as President and Founder of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University. He is a faculty member in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at two medical schools, leads a group practice in suburban Cleveland (Family Center by the Falls), and continues to be involved in research evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medications prescribed to children for ADHD, anxiety and depression. He is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Dr. Grcevich was recently recognized by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers in children’s mental health. His blog for Key Ministry, was ranked fourth among the top 100 children's ministry blogs in 2015 by Ministry to Children.
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2 Responses to All Are Welcome

  1. Susan Leiby says:

    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.


  2. hemp says:

    …………..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.


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