At this week’s Key Ministry planning meeting (Rebecca, Katie, Harmony, and myself), one of our tasks involved assigning content for our blogs in the coming year. One of my assigned topics is to discuss the importance (or unimportance) of diagnoses for churches seeking to connect with and minister to families of kids with disabilities.
This past Friday, news reports surfaced of a chart review study suggesting that proposed changes to the diagnostic criteria for autism would result in a 55% reduction in the number of children and adults who would qualify for the disorder.
Given the interest in the special needs community about the impact of changes in the criteria for autism, along with proposed changes in diagnostic criteria for ADHD and mood disorders in children, there seemed to be no better time than the present to examine the topic of diagnosis in serving families touched by disability.
This coming week, we’ll take a closer look at the topic No Labels…Should Diagnosis Matter at Church? Here’s a preview:
Sunday, January 22: The Purpose of Diagnostic Criteria
Tuesday, January 24: Do We Put People in Boxes?
Thursday, January 26: Communication Breakdown?
Sunday, January 29th: Tying it All Together