In January, the National Collaborative on Faith and Disability will launch the new webinar series: Honoring Spiritual Needs and Gifts: From Inertia to Collaborative Action by Providers and Congregations. The series will run monthly, from January-June (excluding May), and will be free and available for viewing via Adobe Connect.

The first webinar, “Including Spirituality in Assessment, Evaluation, and Person-Centered Planning Processes” takes place on Monday, January 26, and includes presentations by:

  • Erik Carter, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Special Education, Vanderbilt University; Investigator, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, IDDRC, LEND)
  • Catherine Patterson, Faith Based Initiative Coordinator, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
  • Lida Merrill, M.Th., Director of Spiritual Life, Heritage Christian Services
  • Rick Benjamin, M.A., Director of Organizational and Spiritual Wellness, Hope Community Services

You are welcome to download the flier in PDF: Faith-Disability-Webinar-Series Flier or visit their website here to learn more.

Collaborative on Faith and DisabilityThis webinar series offers a variety of fascinating topics, as listed below. Click on the links to learn more or to register. Note that 1:00 pm CST is 2:00 pm EST

Sponsored by:  National Collaborative on Faith and Disability, AAIDD Religion and Spirituality Division

Administrative Support:  Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Supporting Networks: The Arc US, Autism Society of America, Parent to Parent, The Bethesda Institute, and American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)

The National Collaborative on Faith and Disability ( supports people with disabilities, their families, and those who support them by providing national and international leadership in the areas of research, education, service, and dissemination related to disability, religion, and inclusive supports. It is a network of 12 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities with core funding administered by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD).

For more information on the Collaborative on Faith and Disability, contact Courtney Taylor at