Below are resources about fostering belonging, being a community where people with disabilities can worship, learn, join in fellowship, and serve with others, and providing other opportunities for them and their families to experience community.

Carter's Ten Dimensions of Belonging

10 Dimensions of Belonging

A desire to belong is not a “special need”. In fact, belonging is a very ordinary need shared by most everyone, with and without disabilities.

- Erik Carter (2019)

Carter explores what it means to be a community of belonging for people with disabilities - Elizabeth Turner (2019 -

Are individuals with disabilities truly known within your community? ... Known not by a label, but as an individual. Known not by deficits, but by strengths.

- Erik Carter (2019)

Carter's Fostering Belonging at Boston College

...addressing these 10 dimensions of belonging within the church is more likely to require ordinary gestures than extraordinary responses. So you already know what you need to know to be able to do this on behalf of people with disabilities.

- Erik Carter (2017) “Fostering Belonging”, Part 1

Fostering Belonging - Erik Carter (2017 -

Six part guided video presentation to be used as a conversation starter with members of a faith community.

...belonging is ultimately fostered not by starting new programs, but through relationships. Relationships matter more than programs.

- Erik Carter (2017) “Fostering Belonging”, Part 1

Welcoming People with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families: A Practical Guide for Congregations


What are the individual’s “strengths, interests, and gifts; support needs and challenges; spiritual and participation goals” for the year?
- Taylor, Carter, Annandale, Boehm, Logeman (2014) pg. 11

Welcoming People with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families: A Practical Guide for Congregations (

Collaborative on Faith & Disabilities -

Collaborative on Faith & Disabilities

Putting Faith to Work (2016 -

Each person has a God-given purpose and possesses unique talents and strengths... faith traditions encourage individuals to use their personal gifts and strengths... often expressed through work or volunteer roles.

- “Putting Faith to Work” (2016)

Webinar Series (

40+ recorded webinars (2016-2020) covering various faith and disability topics.

San Diego Special Needs Ministry Leaders

A separate San Diego Special Needs (SN) Ministry Leaders list that is not distributed to the public includes some leaders who are not in the Faith Inclusion Directory. The SN ministry list will be used solely for the purpose of connecting SN ministry leaders in San Diego County with one another for the purposes of sharing events, support, resources, prayer and encouragement.

Also, see San Diego Special Needs Ministry Regional Networking facebook page.


If you have questions about adding a faith community to the Faith Inclusion Directory or the Special Needs Ministry Leaders list, please send an email to

The San Diego-Imperial Regional Office of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities supports this effort to help people become part of their communities.
- David Jespersen, Member, Regional Advisory Committee.