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How Places of Worship Can Better Include People on the Spectrum

If you practice a faith—whether that’s Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, or anything else—you may have the desire to share your faith with your children, especially if your religion is very important to you. As a practicing Christian who grew up in a Christian home, I know that I would like to pass down my own faith to future generations.

However, if you are the parent of a child with autism, practicing your religion in traditional ways, such as attending regular services at a place of worship, can be difficult. Such places do not tend to be sensory-friendly, unfortunately.

But there are exceptions to that, and The Church of the Nativity in Maryland is one of them.

In this episode of Real Look Autism, we get a glimpse inside the church’s “Buddy Ministry,” which specifically works with children who have special needs. In addition to providing these children with special support, the “Buddy Ministry” also works to integrate them into the larger children’s ministry.

It’s pretty neat. Check it out in the video below!

If you practice a faith, does your place of worship have a program like this? Tell us about it in the comments!

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A. Stout received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing through Grand Valley State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015. In addition to being a passionate autism advocate, she is a member of various fandoms, a study abroad alumna, and an animal lover. She dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world someday.