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How can churches include and involve people with disabilities?

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The Columbus Dispatch profiles how several churches provide worship with and for parishioners who have disabilities. Some of the ways that these churches serve their congregations include:

Headphones to reduce sensory overload during service for people with cognitive disabilities.
Including and acknowledging the outburst of a child on the autism spectrum during liturgy.
Kneeling to speak to people who are in wheelchairs.
Asking people with disabilities how they’d like to be included, instead of assigning them tasks.
Hearing assistance systems, large print […]

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