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Southwest Michigan churches among those embracing children with special needs

Stephanie Willoughby of Kalamazoo, Michigan wanted her two boys to have a chance to enjoy vacation Bible school with other kids like them.

So she’s planning a VBS at her church for children with autism.

“I wanted to get them incorporated into church life a little more,” she said of her sons, Ben, 8, and Sam, 6.

For parents of autistic children, “going to church is a little scary because you never know how your kids are going to act,” said Willoughby, who also has a 17-month-old daughter. “This is a chance for them to come and be themselves and be in a surrounding that’s more comfortable for them and geared for their actual needs.”

via Welcoming kids with autism: Southwest Michigan churches among those embracing children with special needs | MLive.com.

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