Special Needs Ministry
Wonderfully Made – A Special Needs Ministry
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14 (ESV)
Welcome – We embrace diversity by welcoming and including all people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, age, economic status or abilities. There are enough seats at Christ’s table for everyone.
Here at First United Methodist Church of Orlando, we welcome people of all abilities to participate in our church worship and activities. We do our best to accommodate any needs. We currently have noise-dampening headphones available in the emerging worship services. There is also a space available on the third floor to sit during the worship service. Headsets available in the traditional worship services, and we offer a gluten-free option for communion in all services. If you are unable to make it to one of our worship services, but would still like to hear the sermon, you can find past sermons here.
Below is a list of online resources:
- Respite/Information and Directories
Autism Speaks – Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan.
Bright Feats – Bright Feats provides information about local community services, offers support to families and helps businesses convey their unique services to the special needs community.
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities – CARD’s Mission is to educate and empower individuals and families throughout the lifespan by providing support, assistance, and awareness within the community, with the goal of optimizing the potential of all individuals with autism and related disabilities; and to provide training that enables professionals to deliver evidence-based treatments to achieve optimal outcomes.
Early Steps – Florida’s early intervention system that offers services to eligible infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) with significant delays or a condition likely to result in a developmental delay.
Nathaniel’s Hope – Nathaniel’s Hope is dedicated to sharing hope with kids with special needs (VIP kids) and their families. They have put together an extensive list of resources.
Buddy Break – Buddy Break is a free kids/respite program designed to give caregivers of kids with special needs (VIP kids) a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities for three hours.
Orlando Family Magazine – Directory of education/schools, therapy and care services, and events.
Click on the links below for more information about events in the area for people with special needs.