Supporting churches to include people with Autism and Learning Disabilties

About

Hi, I’m Lynn

Hi, my name is Lynn.

I’m a person created by God.  And then…wife, mum to two teenagers, teacher, co-leader of a church group for adults with learning disabilities, writer and escaper to the mountains of the English Lake District.

I work as a freelance specialist support teacher/consultant to churches, schools and other organisations.  Providing support, training, advice and resources. (For more information contact lynnmccann@reachoutasc.com)

I’m also a writer – of this award winning blog (am still excited about that!) and of the blog on www.reachoutasc.com/blog (all about autism). I also write monthly blogs for the TES website (education) and for the Premier Digital website (about church and inclusion).

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I am the author of “How to support pupils with Autism Spectrum conditions in Primary School” published by LDA in January 2017  and “How to support students with Autism Spectrum Conditions in Secondary School” published by LDA in May 2017.

I am working on a similar resource for churches…watch this space!

I try to make complicated things simple and share them with others. I am a bit too enthusiastic sometimes but passionate about seeing people with autism spectrum conditions and people with learning disabilities grow and learn and live lives they love.

These are some of the organisations doing great work in the same field…

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I am also passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in accessible ways, and telling others we are all created by God and loved very much by him…no matter what hinders us in life.

ALL opinions are my own and I am not pretending that I can help everyone or know everything!

Comments on: "About" (19)

  1. i am a adult with aspergers.married 13 years.we have 3 children.i all so have m.e.
    i take part in a lot lot research.I HAVE RESULTS.i have met in person..uta frith.i write letters
    like,what is it like being a norm..ee father.2,pages.and ooh,what a life.2,pages.if you mite be
    interested in seeing..ask me…, DO YOU DO A NEWSLETTER…

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    • Sorry i did not reply sooner – was poorly! I am just starting on blogging and am not doing a newsletter yet…something I need to think about. Thanks for your comment.

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  2. Hi Lynn, I couldn’t find an email address on your site, would you be able to email me at sarahlothian17@hotmail.com please? I’m hoping you might be able to help me with an article for Christianity magazine. Many thanks. Sarah.

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  3. Cara grant said:

    I love the clarity and directness of your writing! Your passion for Jesus, for people, and for God’s word shines through it (as through your life!) I was inspired and encouraged..
    Keep writing! 🙂

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  4. Diane Holding said:

    Hello Lynn

    Thank you for inviting me to your blog, it’s such a priviledge to learn from you (& all the other leaders) at Good News Group, I’m looking forward to pondering over your opinions & observations on here 🙂

    As you know God has only recently put a dream in my heart to reach out to our additional needs community & I’m on a whole new learning curve, so if anyone reading this has any pearls of wisdom I’d be most thankful.

    Diane.

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  5. Hello, just stumbled across your blog whilst trying to prepare some resources to help my daughter in sunday school tomorrow. She is 3 with Down Syndrome. Do you have any resources, or ideas of how to engage little ones such as her, or any links/contacts? Thank you.

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    • If you look on my website http://www.reachoutasc.com there is a churches tab, and there are a lot of links and resources on that. There is also the Spiritual Child Network on Facebook you can ask to join with lots of great sensory play ideas. http://www.godlyplay.uk might have some ideas too. I would recommend the book on my website by Alice Buckley called ‘Play Through the Bible’ as she is a mother of a boy with Down’s Syndrome and has tried out all the ideas she’s written about with her own family.
      Hope this helps! 👍

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  6. Hi Lynn. I have just come across your blog when researching around the topic of Church and Disabilities. Biblica Europe are currently working with Prospects and the Torch Trust to develop a Bible accessible for those with disabilities. We are raising money for this project at present and my job is to promote it through social media platforms and on our blog. I wonder would you have written a blog post on accessibility to the Bible or would it be something you would want to write for us? I am keen to have specialists like yourself who work in the field create a guest blog for us. Thanks very much. Laura Nelson.

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  7. Dr Geoff Foster said:

    For the last 4 years, my wife and I have run a Deaf discipleship group each week in Mutare using Zimbabwe sign language. My mother attends St Andrews, Leyland and I shall be there September 1-6; I wondered if it is possible to meet up with some members of your team,I have followed your blogs the last few years since reading about your work in Christianity

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  8. Thanks so much for the article. It sounded like a great day and so many of the things you said tallied with me. I started using a wheelchair 3 years ago and still have moments in church when I don’t feel people ‘get it’. It can be isolating. It was lovely to hear about your day. in fact my friend and I (his son has muscular dystrophy) started a website called ‘inhisgrip.net’ and, like you, we try to post about disability. keep going and God bless! matt

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  9. elizabeth david said:

    Came across your blog while researching the upcoming Enabling Church conference. I love your passion and desire for people with special needs to be accepted and to come to know of our heavenly Father’s love, being included in the church and society.
    God bless and look forward to reading more. We may meet up at the conference.

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