NEURODIVERSE & DISABILITIES MINISTRY

 

 

Welcome!

At Sunnyvale Presbyterian, we are devoted to ensuring that everyone can feel safe and comfortable in this church community. This may include modifying or enhancing the physical environment, opening up communication, building awareness, and providing opportunities for partnerships and creative problem solving. We look forward to working together to address requests and provide an inclusive environment that serves each community member.

Calendar
Reading List
Helplines

Our vision is to be welcoming and inclusive to all who wish to be a part of our church community, and provide resources to increase education and accessibility.


Creating Community

Education

We educate our children and congregation to take ownership in providing a safe, loving, and accepting space for all people.

Support

We provide training and consultation to program staff and volunteers, including those in all of our Children’s Programs.

Safe Environment

We work with parents and guardians to provide a safe environment for children with allergies, sensory needs and/or mobility needs.

Resources

We do our best to offer up-to-date resources to our community regarding mental health awareness and supports, researched-backed approaches to supporting those with disabilities and neurodivergence in our congregation, and more.

Partnership with Parents

We believe in partnering with parents through Parent Support Group meet-ups, individual consultations and community connections.

Safe Church

SVPC maintains a Safe Church policy ensuring the emotional and physical safety of all. Read more here.

Accommodations for Children

Praygrounds
Buddy Program
Break Times
Picture Stories
Fidgets and Supports
Seating Options

Adult Support

Accommodations are available to adults who are neurodivergent and/or disabled upon request. Please contact Jenna at inclusion@sunnyvalepres.com to discuss your needs or those of a loved one to create a supportive environment that works for you. Currently, the Inclusion Ministry offers listening aids for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and fidget toys for during service. Spaces amongst pews are provided for wheelchair accessibility and aisles are large enough for most movement aids. Please email if you would like exact measurements of doors, aisles, or wheelchair-friendly spaces.

Parent and Guardian Resources

Parents from the broader community are invited to join us for a relaxing coffee break and chat, where we can be together, support each other during challenging situations, share successes and resources, and build community. All parents of amazing children who are neurodiverse and/or physically disabled are welcome. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 10 am (during the school year). Please check the church calendar to view meetings.

Contact Us!

 

We would love to speak with you and answer any questions you may have about our ministry. Please contact Jenna Burkhalter, our Inclusion Coordinator, for more information.