BeFrienders: Impact of a Social Ministry Program on Relationships for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)

Type: Peer Reviewed Publications

https://doi.org/10.1080/15228967.2013.752926

Published: 2013

Amado, A. N., Boice, C., Degrande, M., & Hutcheson, S. (2013). BeFrienders: Impact of a Social Ministry Program on Relationships for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). Journal of Religion, Disability and Health17(1), 1-26. DOI: 10.1080/15228967.2013.752926

Representatives of a nationally widespread social ministry were surveyed to determine if such an effort had an impact on the social inclusion of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD). All the 730 contacts for the BeFriender Ministry program in 25 U.S. states were sent surveys. The intention was to gather information about congregation members' perspectives on social inclusion of individuals with disabilities and to identify barriers. The personal, relational nature of the BeFriender Ministry resulted in some significant emotional ties between the BeFrienders and the individuals with I/DD, with many benefits reported that reflected loving attitudes.

Areas of work: Social inclusion, Families, Self-advocacy, Health and wellness