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Hinder Not Ministries is dedicated to the integration of children with special needs into the church.

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  1. 1. Hinder Not Ministries Mission: Our goal is to help churches and ministries integrate individuals with special needs into the church community, help them to provide support for their families and caregivers, and provide a way to effectively share the Gospel of Christ to them.
  2. 2. Hinder Not……… Matthew 19:13-15 (ESV) Let the Children Come to Me Then children were brought to Him that He might lay His hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And He laid His hands on them and went away.
  3. 3. By Jesus’ command, not just the children but the families should not be hindered from coming to Him. SO… The work of Hinder Not Ministries is to help churches fulfill this command by assessing the needs, making prayer-led plans, evaluate space and equipment needs, aid in enlisting and training volunteers, and setting up evangelistic/relationship ministry opportunities for families and caregivers.
  4. 4. Why do we need to consider a ministry to individuals with special needs?
  5. 5. What Is Considered A Disability? “We know that people have many types of disabilities. Some disabilities are easy to see, such as when a person uses a wheelchair or when someone has lost an arm. Other disabilities, like intellectual disability (mental retardation) or a chronic condition like arthritis, may not be as easy to see. Some people may live with a disability all their lives. Others may have a disability when they are young or as an older adult.” Date: August 30, 2006 Content source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
  6. 6. 2000 Census Information Concerning Disabilities 49.7 million Number of people age 5 and over with a disability, according to Census 2000; this is a ratio of nearly 1-in-5 U.S. residents, or 19 percent. Among these — 5.2 million were between the ages of 5 and 20. This was 8 percent of people in this age group. 30.6 million were between the ages of 21 and 64. Fifty- seven percent of them were employed. 14.0 million were 65 and over. Those with disabilities comprised 42 percent of people in this age group.
  7. 7. How many children and youth receive special education? In the United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, 5.4 million children and youth age 3 to 21 with disabling conditions are served under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Chapter 1- State Operated Programs (SOP) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B. These two federal programs provide special education funding for disabled children and youth from birth through age 21. Of children ages 6-21, 51.1% have specific learning disabilities, 21.1% have speech or language impairments, 11.6% have mental retardation, and 8.7% have serious emotional disturbance. These rates vary by age. The largest groups for 6 to 11 year olds are learning disability (41.4%) and speech impairment (36.3%). Learning disability is by far the largest category for the 12 to 17 year olds (62.6%). The largest groups for ages 18 to 21 years old are learning disabilities (50.2%) and mental retardation (26.5%). Kraus, L., Stoddard, S., & Gilmartin, D. (1996). Chartbook on Disability in the United States, 1996. An InfoUse Report. Washington, DC: U.S. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
  8. 8. Concerning autism the Autism Society of America states… In February 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report, which looked at a sample of 8 year olds in 2000 and 2002, concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 150 American children, and almost 1 in 94 boys. The issuance of this report caused a media uproar, but the news was not a surprise to ASA or to the 1.5 million Americans living with the effects of autism spectrum disorder. Nonetheless, the spotlight shown on autism as a result of the prevalence increase opens opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve these families facing a lifetime of supports for their children. Currently, ASA estimates that the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism ranges from $3.5 million to $5 million, and that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism (this figure includes research, insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for autism, educational spending, housing, transportation, employment, in addition to related therapeutic services and caregiver costs).
  9. 9. Concerning Down Syndrome the National Down Syndrome Society states… Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. One in every 733 babies is born with Down syndrome. There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States. Concerning Mental Illnesses … About 20% of American children suffer from a diagnosable mental illness during a given year, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Further, nearly 5 million American children and adolescents suffer from a serious mental illness (one that significantly interferes with their day-to-day life).
  10. 10. As the number of individuals with disabilities grows each year, churches will have the challenge of reaching out to more families with children with special needs. This will require more planning and preparation than usual and a choice to either make accommodations or just let the ministry opportunity pass. Since the Great Commission and Jesus’ command in Matthew 19:13-15 would prevent churches from refusing to make a way to reach out to children with special needs and their families, it is important to find effective ways to minister to them. Hinder Not Ministries is dedicated to providing experienced and professional assistance in making accommodations that allow effective ministry to be done for children with disabilities and their families.
  11. 11. Hinder Not Ministries provides…. 1. Consultation and readily-available advice that is based on the specific need of the church in accommodating a child with special needs. 2. Training which helps all teachers create adapted lessons and prepare learning environments that is appropriate and enjoyable to the child and their peers. 3. Teach the ministry staff ways to make physical and material modifications and prepare for transitions if they use mainstreaming. 4. Ways to develop outreach opportunities to the families and caregivers.
  12. 12. Hinder Not Ministries is a ministry that started out of my passion to do more for children with special needs. As a former special education teacher, I know that the more we work to integrate these wonderful children, the more blessed we are by their specialness. If we care for them then we are also caring for their parents and caregivers. As the parents brought their children to Jesus, these parents are looking for an opportunity to give their children a chance to be blessed by the Lord through us. A church that carefully prepares to minister to them is a church that will be blessed beyond measure. It is the goal of this ministry to make the integration of these special needs individuals and care to their families and caregivers a reality for all churches. My prayers are with you that you may grow in your ministries in Christ name. - Brian Sersaw, Sr.