Most of our congregations do a reasonable job of being accessible to those with physical disabilities: we have accessible entrances, restrooms, classrooms and sanctuaries. Those with mobility issues, restricted vision, and hearing loss are accommodated so that they can fully participate in the lives of our congregations. But what about those who are neurodiverse? Are those with autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, developmental speech disorders, Parkinson's disease, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and others welcomed as well? What can we do to help our congregations become informed about and more comfortable with neurodiversity so that we can more fully live into our philosophy of radical welcome? What will this mean for how we "do" church?
Join Linette Lowe, DRE at First Unitarian Church of Louisville, in an exploration of this issue. Linette's interest in the topic is informed by her Ph.D. work in Philosophy of Education and M.A. work in Special Education, her experiences living with a neurodiverse son and spouse, the work of Sally Patton for the UUA, and the needs of her congregation and the congregations of her DRE colleagues.