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Last updated 21st February 2024

Hidden Disabilities

Dyslexia

The Bishop of London has recorded her reflections on living with dyslexia.  You can watch the video here.

Autism and NeuroDiversity

  • Members of the congregation need to be aware that people on the autistic spectrum will have a range of needs and will probably interpret what they say literally.  
  • If someone comes to church regularly they may have a place where they prefer to sit.
  • They need to be informed if there are changes to the normal pattern of worship or if there are likely to be sudden noises e.g. an infant baptism.
  • Having ‘safe’ and ’quiet’ spaces within churches is helpful. There needs to be an announcement at the beginning of services to let people know what is available

Organisations offering support

  • Oxford Diocese have produced guidelines for welcoming and including autistic people in our churches and communities which can be found here 
  • Duncan Honeybourne has information about living with Asperger’s syndrome on his website. www.duncanhoneybourne.com/autism
  • The National Autistic Society provides information including guidance for places of worship. www.autism.org.uk

ADHD

The following two articles provide really valuable reflections on ADHD:

ADHD and Faith by Mrs Lynn McCann

ADHD and Me by Revd Dr Layla Lapine

 

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