Autism is a challenging and often misunderstood condition, affecting many aspects of a person’s social and community life. Those without much exposure to autistic people might not know how to make their religious communities places where autistic people can thrive, grow, and be loved and accepted.
Amy Langston will present her research on autistic children and adults who have participated in a variety of religious settings, analyzing the specific patterns of behavior and challenges common to the autistic religious experience, and addressing solutions for how religious leaders can create spaces of inclusion and hope for autistic people.
About the Speaker
Amy Langston is a North Carolina native. She was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at 10 years old. She holds a B.A. in religion from Meredith College and is a second-year Master of Arts student at Hartford Seminary. She is a graduate of Hartford Seminary’s International Peacemaking Program. Her research interests are in the sociological and psychological dimensions of religious observance and behavior. Her research Autism Inclusion in Religious Environments was most recently presented at the Parliament of World’s Religions in Toronto, Ontario.
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