Survey on inclusion of people with developmental disability

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The sub-committee on Full Inclusion of People with Developmental Disability of The Episcopal Church Standing Commission on Health is seeking input through a survey available here.

“As chair of the Standing Commission on Health, I commend to you this important survey on Full Inclusion for those with Developmental Disability,” noted Bishop Marc Andrus of the Diocese of California. “The Rev. Stannard Baker and Ms. Mimi Grant, co-chairs of our sub-committee on Full Inclusion, developed it.  Please fill it out as soon as possible to do your part in bringing full inclusion in the liturgy and formation programs of The Episcopal Church for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability and Attention Deficit Disorder.”

Deadline for the survey is August 17.

Para completar la encuesta de Plena Inclusión para Discapacidad de Desarrolloen en español por favor utilice este enlace – debe ser completado el 17 de agosto de 2014.

For more information contact Baker at


  1. Thanks so much for opening discussion on this important topic. What has been important for including my 29-year-old son with autism has been tolerance of his behavior. He loves going to church but may make noise or bolt from the sanctuary unexpectedly. My husband and I can handle him fairly well as long as we feel supported by the people around us. Priests and lay leaders who embrace diversity of all types set the tone for the whole congregation. We feel very lucky to have found a parish where our son’s disruptions are taken in stride.

  2. Elizabeth Moon says:

    I am sad to see that this survey’s deadline was August 17, when I found out about it only on August 26.

    We had experience with several Episcopal churches of various sizes before finding one in which his autism–his behavior and his other developmental differences–were tolerated. It is vital that clergy and other leaders–staff and lay volunteers–honestly agree diversity matters, and convey their welcoming, loving attitude to both the child and the parents. Our son, now 30, has benefited immensely from his association with the church. Once he no longer felt he was being told that autism was his fault and the result of his own sins (we left that parish immediately I realized what had happened) and we found a more accepting one (it took several years), he loved going to church, being in youth group, attending a church camp. As an adult, he attends an adult class before services every Sunday and people know and accept him as he is. We feel extremely lucky to have found that parish, and happily drive the 50 miles to and from our church home.

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