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Faith Based Educational and Training Materials


The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities has developed the following educational and training materials funding assistance from the New York Developmental Disabilities Planning council.

The following faith based guides have been developed for the purpose of providing educational and training materials for those who support individuals with developmental disabilities.

  • Spiritual Indicator Guide: While the pathway to discovering spirituality encompasses many facets of a person’s being (family, friends, community, service, and religion), the purpose of this guide is to assist the Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC), Active Treatment Coordinator (ATC), and Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) and all others interested in supporting  an individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities to discover the values and interests that are important to their spiritual well being.
  • All Are Welcome Guide:The purpose of this guide is to:
    • Assist faith leaders and congregations by providing them the information they need to become comfortable in welcoming and providing spiritual supports for people with developmental disabilities who live in their community.
    • Provide educational awareness opportunities to help faith leaders and congregations to interact with people with developmental disabilities.
    • Support individuals, family members, friends, and caregivers to gain comfort about being “visible” in their faith community as valued, active members. Help them to identify their interests, skills, helpful supports, and natural connections to make this become a reality and not just a vision.
  • Video Presentation: Having Faith: Stories of Faith, Inclusion & Community

    The short video is available at:

  • Video Presentation: This is Me
             The short video is available at:

We have included other materials from the following agencies and organizations.