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Autism awareness is very important for our faith based communities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that autism affects 1 out of every 68 children. With a rate that high, many churches are sure to encounter a family affected by autism and churches must be prepared. I didn't understand how difficult church could be… Read More

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An Autism Awareness Month Faith Based Initiative

Did you know that April is National Autism Awareness Month? This annual observance was sponsored by the Autism Society almost 25 years ago to promote awareness, acceptance and inclusion for persons with autism.  Since 2013, I've been sharing my family's story about autism and trying to make a difference within my own areas of influence. This year… Read More

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An Airport Tour for Children with Autism

Is flying an issue for your child with autism? Are you concerned about navigating through the airport and not having the help needed for a successful trip?  If so, I have some wonderful information to share with you that may change the way that you and your family travel! My boys recently had the opportunity… Read More

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I recently had the privilege of attending the Coastal Disability Ministry Summit in Charleston, SC on September 23rd - 24th.  It was sponsored by Joni and Friends Charlotte and the Lowcountry Special Needs Network. The event was held on the beautiful campus of Charleston Southern University. I was invited to attend this summit as a… Read More

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Hello Everyone! I have some results that I would like to share with you from the 2016 Autism Awareness Month Faith Based Initiative.  This was our first year for the initiative and I enjoyed every moment of it! Over 3000 persons from 16 churches received information about autism as a result of the initiative. A special thank… Read More

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On April 24th, my son Daniel and I had the pleasure of being a part of the Special Needs Awareness Service at Bethesda Church of God in Sumter, SC. Bethesda is participating in the Autism Awareness Month Faith Based Initiative and we were more than happy to oblige when Mrs. Gale called and asked us… Read More

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Hello Everyone! It's been a busy few weeks!  The Autism Awareness Month Faith Based Initiative is going great!  I'm convinced now more than ever that this is exactly what God wants me to do for this season. It's so exciting to see all of the wonderful ideas the churches have been coming up with to promote… Read More

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How An Act of Kindness Turned Into a Thriving Special Needs Ministry by Tonya Nash

A few years ago, a woman changed my life by her selfless act of kindness. She saw me in distress and didn’t say, “I’ll pray for you.” She didn’t wait around for someone else to do something. She took action! Many of you probably remember the series I wrote about the importance of special needs… Read More

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A Faith Based Autism Awareness Month Campaign

A Faith Based Autism Awareness Month Initiative

Hello Everyone! I'm already getting my plans together for our 2016 Autism Awareness Month Campaign and I need your help! I am asking places of worship to agree to do at least one activity for Autism Awareness Month in April.  Here are some ideas: Encourage everyone at your church to wear blue during a designated service.  Share… Read More

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My Child was Diagnosed with Autism…Now What?

My Child Was Diagnosed With Autism...Now What?

Receiving an autism diagnosis for your child can be very overwhelming.  There is so much to process and deal with, such as coming to terms with the diagnosis, choosing the right therapies, navigating through the educational system, dealing with social issues, and we aren't even going to get into concerns about the future! So what do… Read More

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