Why is it so hard to find a place of worship that welcomes kids with special needs? – Link to Love that Max

On September 19, Ellen wrote a blog post about the difficulty their family has found in finding a synagogue that has appropriate programming for children with special needs.

She wrote that people suggest the family takes the initiative, but often is overwhelmed in dealing with the issues the child has, without taking on another initiative.

She wrote another post about a year ago that wrote about her frustration with the challenges of bringing a special needs child into a worship service.  At this point, I didn’t have time to read the comments.

We are beginning to feel her pain.  Reid will be three in January.  Based on age, he could move from the nursery to the three year old Sunday School class.  The problem is, he is about a year behind in devel0pment in some aspects, and in other others, even more.  He is probably safe to stay in the nursery, except he is a big boy, and there are kids that are barely crawling and walking.

Finding workers for children’s programs can be enough of a challenge.  Finding someone to run, let alone enough helpers, a special needs program will be an even bigger challenge.

We are fortunate to be part of a congregation that is large and flourishing.  Families in areas where things aren’t doing so well have an even greater challenge.

I could go on and on, but I won’t.  For now, I’m done.


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