When my son, Tyler, was alive, going to church was one of the most challenging situations we faced. The things that neuro-typical children enjoyed were frightening to him. Change was difficult for him, and even more difficult for the children's activity leaders. They had literally no idea how to take care of him.
Fortunately, we had good friends, and good childcare leaders. What they didn't know, they were willing to learn. We were able to make things work in order to attend church at least occasionally.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a situation that can be managed. Most churches are willing, and in some cases, eager, to accommodate people with disabilities. However, a lot of communication has to occur before churches know what people with disabilities need.
To this end, there is a conference in Mississippi addressing the issue of inclusion in worship services. It will take place on March 31, 2012, and I am planning to attend. You can view the link here. If it sounds good to you, and you will be able to attend, please do so. If you are not able to attend, and would like information, please leave me a comment on this post. I'll be happy to try to find whatever you are looking for.
My emphasis will be on including people with visual impairments, but if you would like to me to find other information, I will try to do that. Let me know if I can help.
After this conference, I'll post a report detailing my experience. I'll pass along any information I can gather.
I'm the owner of Family First Braille, the author of this blog, and the editor of Family First Braille Magazine.