Blue Blessings is an Autism Speaks initiative aimed at creating a more inclusive world for children, adults and families affected by autism spectrum disorder.
For many, autism is a lifelong condition, and each person has unique strengths and challenges, which can include difficulty with social interaction, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. Autism Speaks is dedicated to enhancing lives today while accelerating a spectrum of solutions tomorrow for the needs of people with autism and their families.
With 1 in 44 children on the autism spectrum, autism touches many communities. In many ways, a faith community can be an extended family that embraces and nourishes its members with compassion, support and hope. We work with communities to create more accepting and understanding support systems that include schools, employers and places of worship.
Blue Blessings was created to help faith communities embrace people with autism and those who love them – through small changes that can make a big difference. Our free, online guidebook outlines steps to explore with faith leadership and people with autism and their families to determine what is best for your place of worship.
If you would like to get more information, reach out to our Autism Response Team (ART) at 1-888-AUTISM2 (1-888-288-4762) En Español: 1-888-772-9050 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s create a kinder, more inclusive world — starting with your faith community.