Here are some useful resources and links
Includedbygrace is my ministry blog with many articles full of ideas, discussions and help for churches on their learning journey of including people with disabilties in their fellowships.
Handouts, resources and leaflets from various presentations are now downloadable from the top of this page.
Makaton Symbols for the Lord's Prayer!
One Way Uk Puppet and Creative Arts Festival
For the past 3 years I have been doing workshops at this annual festival, showing people how they can creatively include children, young people and adults with additonal needs in pupetry, prayer and creative ways of doing church. In the list below are some resources from my presentations.
1. Lego Bible challenge cards. (see above)
2. Sensory Bible Stories - Noah and Samson. (see above)
4. Accesible prayers for our world (see above)
Organisations that support Churches with training and resources:
Urban Saints - Mark Arnold is the full time Additonal Needs worker, trainer and founder of the Additonal Needs Alliance. He has also set up All Inclusive 2U, which offers an experienced disabilty advisor to visit your church and help you plan support strategies.
Messy Church has appointed Trish Hahn to co-ordinate and advise about children with SEN.
Children Worldwide headed by the Morgan-Gurrs are a great organisation who also set up the Additional Needs Alliance with Mark Arnold from Urban Saints.
Do join the Additional Needs Alliance on Facebook. Set up by Mark Arnold of Urban Saints and Kay Morgan Gurr, this closed group is full of ideas, interaction and support from people working to make their church inclusive. Also visit their website for resources and lots of information.
Through the Roof provides resources, advice and holidays for children and adults with Additional needs. Tim Wood heads up their "Roofbreaker" initiative to support individuals and groups working to make their churches inclusive.
Count Everyone In is a charity that supports adults with learning difficulties to access church and runs training and special events at major Christian Festivals.
All these organisations are part of the Churches for All. Look out for their Enabling Church conferences and training.
Resources for free:
Guidelines for including children with disabilties from Oxford Diocese.
Open Praise Project : free downloadable symbol supported Bible Stories.
The Inclusive Church - great blog and resources (American site).
Communication4All : symbol supported Bible stories for free.
Bible story pictures : Free Bible Images site.
Creative Ideas from Flame Creative Kids blog
My prayer topics visual for using with a Prayer Tree Activity. - see attachements below...
Resources to buy:
Amy Robinson : Story teller and Puppeteer - great How to tell stories and use puppets book.
Autism and your Church : a book by Barbara Newman
Play through the Bible : A sensory play journey through Luke's Gospel by Alice Buckley.
Developing Ministry to Children with Disabilities in Children's Ministry Magazine