For this ministry update, we are taking another step toward our continued and expanding commitment to Living in Wholeness: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) and Justice. We know that a growing number of coaches, as well as the people we serve, identify as neurodivergent. How can we support and honor the wholeness of each person and community? Hear from Anna Gordy, ELCA coach and mission developer. Our next video update is now live:

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Some background: The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day, beginning in 2008. As a result, many organizations designate April as Autism Awareness Month. The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) has designated April as Autism Acceptance Month since 2011, saying: "Acceptance of autism as a natural condition in the human experience is necessary for real dialogue to occur." A growing number of groups also use Autism Acceptance Month over Autism Awareness Month. Some organizations, such as IBM, have taken it a step further and chosen to expand awareness beyond both autism and acceptance and designate April as Neurodiversity Celebration Month. This is preceded a few weeks by the worldwide Neurodiversity Celebration Week, which this year landed between March 13-19.