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Supporting Faith and Flourishing Among People with IDD and Their Families: Lessons Learned From a Mixed-Methods Research Project

  • Dates: 14 – 14 May, 2014
Date: May 14, 2014
Time: 2:00-3:00pm Eastern

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While inclusion across educational, vocational, and residential systems has received much attention, supporting individuals with disabilities in their spiritual lives has often been overlooked. We will share findings from a mixed-methods study of 450 families addressing this important dimension of young people’s lives within a family systems perspective. Our conversation will also focus on how other emerging scholars might engage in related research and dissemination efforts.

Thomas L. Boehm, M.A., M.Div. is the founder and director of Faith for ALL, a non-profit that helps faith communities open their doors and hearts to include people with disabilities. Thomas is also helping to develop a line of research at the intersection of disability and faith while pursuing a doctoral degree in Special Education at Vanderbilt University. Besides his academic and professional interests surrounding disability and spirituality, Thomas is also a proud parent of four children, one of whom has a disability.

Erik Carter, PhD, FAAIDD,
is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. His research and teaching focuses on strategies for supporting meaningful school inclusion and promoting valued roles in school, work, and community settings for children and adults with severe disabilities. He has published numerous books and articles, including the book Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, Families, and Congregations (Brookes Publishing).