Autism Spectrum Disorder: What It Is and Practical Ideas to Try
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Location:  Ingomar UMC (1501 West Ingomar Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237)
  • Workshop: 9:00am - 3:30pm
  • Optional Session - Teaching other about autism: 3:30-5pm

.5 CEU
Cost:  $35 (includes lunch)
Workshop Description:
Gain an understanding of six key differences in persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and discover practical tools and ideas to create places of belonging for each individual in church settings. These ideas are applicable with children, youth and adults, and will help congregations as they receive the gifts of persons with ASD. The intensive closes by presenting a powerful and unique perspective on behavior management. Ample time will be provided to discuss application of the tools and ideas  with persons already served by your congregation's ministries. Leave with practical strategies considered "best practice" for serving persons with ASD in church settings. While the intensive is focused on churches, attendees working in schools will also benefit from the training. 

An optional late afternoon session will present resources for training others to serve and lead persons on the spectrum.  This will be helpful for those who train staff, Sunday School teachers, children's workers, etc.
Speaker Bio:  Barbara Newman
For over 30 years, Barbara J. Newman has endeavored to create communities of inclusion through CLC Network where she serves as the director of church services. Co-administrating inclusive education at Zeeland Christian School allows her to stay on top of best practices which she shares at schools and churches nationwide and in her books and practical resources, including Autism and Your Church, Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities, Nuts & Bolts of Inclusive Education, and her latest title, Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship. Barbara was the 2012 recipient of the Christian Service Award from Bethesda Lutheran Communities and the 2015 recipient of the Henri J.M. Nouwen Award from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, as well as the recipient of the Ability Award from the Disability Network (Lakeshore) in 2017. She holds a teaching certificate with a cognitive impairment endorsement from Calvin College, and a Master of Arts in early childhood education and early childhood developmental delay with a concentration in autism spectrum disorders from Grand Valley State University. 
Contacts:  Amy Wagner ( and Ed Saxman (