Eighty percent of families with children who have disabilities do not attend church.
This blog post talks to families about the reasons for that number.
- My child is not welcomed in any of the children’s activities, they said he is too disruptive.
- I took my child to Sunday School class, but they wheeled him to the corner and he sat there until I came to pick him up.
- They said I had to keep my child with me because they had nobody that could help care for her during Children’s church. I tried, but she can be noisy, so an usher asked us to please leave the sanctuary because she was disrupting the service.
- I asked the pastor if we could possibly have someone help my child during Sunday School, they told me they were not responsible to find me babysitters.
- It’s not worth it, my child cannot handle the sensory overload.
- When my child is loud, people stare at us and shake their heads. I even had people tell me that my child needs discipline, my child has autism and they know it! I’m not going back.
- My child is welcomed, but almost very Sunday they call me and I have to go get her from her class. Why bother.
- I tried starting a special needs class for kids, the church leadership did not support me, they said there was no need.
- For 20 years my wife and I took turns going to church. One Sunday she would go and I stayed home with our son, the next one we switched.