Impact Feature Issue on Sexuality and People with Intellectual, Developmental and Other Disabilities

Resources on Faith Communities and Individuals with Disabilities

  • Caring Relationships: Helping People with Mental Impairments Understand God's Gift of Sexuality. By R. C. Vredeveld. Written from a Christian perspective, this book includes chapters on sexuality in relation to the Bible, the dimensions of caring relationships, sexual abuse, marriage, and a model for support that faith communities can use with married couples who have cognitive disabilities. 
  • Friendship Ministries . This interdenominational ministry helps equip churches to include people with intellectual disabilities. One model it offers is the Friendship program, a ministry with people who have intellectual disabilities that congregations can implement. Friendship Ministries provides the help needed to start local Friendship groups and materials to use in the weekly gatherings that bring people with intellectual disabilities and mentors together for social and spiritual nourishment.
  • Religion and Spirituality Division of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities . On the division's Web site are extensive resources from around the country related to spirituality and inclusion in faith communities for people with disabilities.