Doctoral student researches autism, needs help from church leaders

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WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – A University of the Cumberlands doctoral student has undertaken a research project that could help Kentucky churches better minister to the needs of people and families dealing with autism.

Nathan Bolton is seeking help from Baptist church leaders to better understand how many people with autism are in their congregations and how they go about meeting their spiritual needs.

“I’ve been paralyzed from the shoulders down since I was a year old,” Bolton said. “Though I have a physical disability, the explosive growth of autism cases touched my heart.”

He is asking pastors, ministers and Sunday school teachers to complete a brief survey about autism at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YBGSND8

Warren Association of Baptists Director of Missions John Mark Toby said the research Bolton is doing is important to the ministries of all churches.

“Nathan is working to help our KBC churches to better understand and minister to the needs of autistic individuals and their families,” Toby said. “I would encourage pastors, representatives and individuals from KBC churches to take a few minutes to fill out the online survey to assist in his research at the University of the Cumberlands.”

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