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Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities


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Erik Carter is a Professor in the Department Special Education at Vanderbilt University and a member of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. His research and teaching focuses on evidence-based strategies for supporting access to the general curriculum and promoting valued roles in school, work, and community settings for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to receiving his doctorate, he worked as a high school teacher and transition specialist with youth with significant disabilities. He has published widely in the areas of educational and transition services for children and youth with significant disabilities. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Early Career Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children and the Early Career Award from the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. His research interests include adolescent transitions from school to adult life; peer relationships and peer support interventions; students with severe disabilities, access to the general curriculum; and religion, congregational supports, and disabilities.


"Eloquent and wise . . . will be a treasured resource for members of faith communities who care about welcoming and using the gifs of all people."--Thomas B. Hoeksema, Ph.D."Professor of Education, Calvin College" (02/06/2007)
"A comprehensive guide enabling congregations to be truly welcoming communities for all people . . . I heartily recommend this as a 'first choice' resource for seminaries, clergy, churches, and service providers."--Nella Uitvlugt"Executive Director, Friendship Ministries, Grand Rapids, Michigan" (02/15/2007)
"A foundational resource . . . will help faith communities broaden their mission to include people with disabilities, and will provide answers that state agency workers have been seeking." --Jeff McNair, Ph.D.
"A 2007 Best Special Needs Title"

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