Religious Resources

Autism Speaks Community Connections: Your Religious Community
Our hope is that all families affected by autism may be welcomed in their house of worship, and able to become active participants in their faith community. We have put together a list of resources that families and faith leaders may find helpful.

BOOKS

Autism and the God Connection
by William Stillman

Autism and Your Church: Nurturing the Spiritual Growth of People with Autism Spectrum Disorder
by Barbara J. Newman

Autism's Hidden Blessings: Discovering God's Promises for Autistic Children and Their Families
by Kelly Langston

From Autistic to Awesome: A Journey of Spiritual Growth through Life with My Special-Needs Child
by Paul M. Powell

The Soul of Autism: Looking Beyond Labels to Unveil Spiritual Secrets of the Heart Savants
by William Stillman

Special Children Special Needs (Sure Foundations)
by Simon Bass

The Special Needs Ministry Handbook: A Church's Guide to Reaching Children with Disabilities and Their Families
by Amy Rapada

ONLINE BLOGS/GROUPS

Autism Support Network: Faith and Religion
How do our religious beliefs and faith factor into how we live and cope with ASD? Come join in online discussions about the relationship between autism and faith.

Finding Peace in the Autism Puzzle
An online community of Christian families on the puzzling road of autism spectrum disorders.

ESSAYS/TOOLS

Adaptive Sacrament Preparation Kits for Individuals with Autism and Other Special Needs
From the Loyola Press: A Jesuit Ministry 
First Eucharist Preparation Kit 
Reconciliation Kit
Confirmation Preparation Kit

Autism and Faith: A Journey into Community 
This publication is a collaborative product of The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Pediatrics and The New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community (COSAC).  It is generously funded by a grant from The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation.

Autism and Religion
by Rabbi Heiligman

Chicago Jewish News: Living With Autism
Three Jewish families share their stories.

Disability and the Muslim Perspective: An Introduction for Rehabilitation and Healthcare Providers
by Rooshey Hasnain, Laura Cohon Shaikh, and Hasan Shanawani

How Churches Can Support Families Living with Autism Spectrum/Pervasive Development Disorders or Other Disabilities
by Karla Akins

Inclusive Congregation Toolkit
These easy tips on making your house of worship more inclusive in the areas of affirmation, communication, and accessibility contain an access survey, training for ushers, bulletin insert "How You Can Make A Difference", and more.

Islam: A Guide for Service Providers Working with People with a Disability
Aims to enhance the delivery and quality of services provided to Muslims with disabilities.

Jewish Community Guide to Inclusion of People with Disabilities
An essential resource for Jewish organizations seeking to provide a supportive and inclusive environment for people with disabilities.

WEBSITES

Faith Inclusion Network
Our goal is to connect people with disabilities and their families to faith communities that are welcoming and genuinely want to include everyone. We also want to help faith communities become more inclusive by connecting them with resources and providing networking opportunities at conferences and meetings throughout the year. 

Finding God in Autism
A website put together to help parents that have children who have special needs. To give you strength, inspiration, encouragement and to teach you how to pray effectively.

Jonathan's Child
We are a special needs ministry dedicated to the spiritual health of children and adults with autism and to all who love a special needs child. Our primary focus is coping with autism from a Christian worldview, but anyone with a special needs child or a special needs ministry is welcome.

National Catholic Partnership on Disability
NCPD has created an Autism Task Force and put together a list of products and resources to help families in the autism community as well as members of the parish staff and volunteers.

National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry (NAfIM)
NAfIM's vision is that every person with Intellectual/Development Disabilities will be welcome to full inclusion in our Catholic communities.

Pathways Awareness Foundation
Creating Access and Inclusion in Worship: Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

UK's National Autistic Society - Religion: Going to a Place of Worship
Strategies to use when taking children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to a place of worship.

Saint Mary's Curriculum for Students with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
We provide a picture-based curriculum that has been successfully used to prepare both lower and higher functioning students to make their first Reconciliation and to receive First Holy Communion.

Worshiping with Special Needs Children (Any Faith)
Surviving a service takes planning. This website can help you plan.

Autism Sunday
Learm about the international day of prayer for autism and Asperger Syndrome.

Archdiocese of Washington
Special needs faith formation resources.

Disclaimer

Autism Speaks does not provide medical or legal advice or services. Rather, Autism Speaks provides general information about autism as a service to the community. The information provided on this website is not a recommendation, referral, or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider and does not replace the advice of medical, legal, or educational professionals. Autism Speaks has not validated and is not responsible for any information or services provided by third parties. You are urged to use independent judgment and request references when considering any resource associated with the provision of services related to autism.