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Read a Nov. 18, 2014, story from the Jesuit magazine America about a Vatican conference centered on families dealing with autism.
Read a July 13, 2014, blog post from the Association of Religion Data Archives about a research study that found inclusion and support for families with special-needs kids lacking in many congregations.
Diverse religious traditions share a common imperative to care for the marginalized, yet when it comes to people with disabilities, congregations have often struggled to adapt and be welcoming.
Read a March 31, 2014, Q-and-A on Jana Riess’ Flunking Sainthood blog with Kathleen Bolduc, who raised a son with special needs and is the author of The Spiritual Art of Raising Children With Disabilities.
Read Jonathan Merritt’s June 5, 2013, interview for Religion News Service with Amy Julia Becker, who has a child with Down syndrome and is the author of A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations and a Little Girl Named Penny.
Read a March 12, 2014, Religion News Service story about a suburban Maryland bakery that employs workers with cognitive disabilities, in keeping with the Jewish principle of helping those in need to become self-sufficient.
Read a May 13, 2014, Dallas Morning News blog post by the father of two teens who have severe intellectual disabilities and autism.