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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


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


Are you the parent of a special needs child?  Do you have a friend or family member that is new on the journey of raising a child with special needs?  If so, I strongly recommend the book, Refresh: Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs by Kimberly M. Drew and Jocelyn Green. Here’s how… Read More


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


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

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


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


How Churches Can Celebrate Autism Awareness Month

How Churches Can Celebrate Autism Awareness Month by Tonya Nash

Does your church celebrate Autism Awareness Month? I’ll be honest and say that I’ve never been a part of a church that did. But should churches celebrate Autism Awareness Month? I believe so.  Here’s why… Autism Spectrum Disorder is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control… Read More

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How to Start a Special Needs Ministry

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I’ve been writing about special needs ministry all of this week. Monday’s post was about “Going to Church with a Special Needs Child.” On Tuesday, I posted about “How Special Needs Ministry Blessed My Family.” Wednesday’s post asked the thought provoking question, “Is Your Church Special Needs Friendly?” Today’s post wraps up the series by… Read More

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