Finding employment is never easy, especially if you have a disability. Here at Anchor we have had a number of success stories.
A couple girls saw Thayer’s dilemma and pointed out to him a few other apples hanging closer. “Get this one, Thayer. It’s a beauty!” But Thayer would not be swayed from his chosen apple.
On January 1, 2017, new accessibility requirements come into effect from the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Is your church ready?
Turning Barriers into Bridges presents Biblical, legal, and cultural reasons for making church communications accessible, and it provides specific guidelines to do so.
Even when people who have disabilities get to church, we sometimes struggle to minister to them. If Mephibosheth were here today, we’d have to carry him to the platform as we often can't accommodate wheelchairs.
Frequently I’ve heard people evaluate the benefit of ramps and hearing loops based on how many people with disabilities would use them. Now I understand why that kind of analysis misses the point.
Rennie Feddema from Strathroy, Ontario, wonders whether your church is truly disability friendly.
This letter was sent by friends to the elders of their congregation on behalf of a friend and fellow member who has Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.
Do gaps in your church's physical and spiritual hospitality need to be brought to light so that you may more effectively witness to the life and light of Christ?
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requires all organizations that serve the public to adopt a Customer Service Policy. Here's a sample policy for churches to consider.
Progress in creating accessible and inclusive spaces for people with disabilities can be slow. Yet, there are signs of hope. Check out this encouraging article about churches being proactive!
Church leaders (especially deacons) will find this information helpful in assisting congregation members who need home remodeling for better accessibility.
Small group conversations are challenging for hearing-impaired members & small group discussions aren't accessible to the range of cognitive development. How have others tackled this?
Isaac’s family hasn’t sheltered him from the world, because more than anything, he just wants to be included.
The Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition has helpful resources for congregations to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
This short litany, which can be read in unison, affirms that each member of the community is valued and loved.
According to a new study, hiring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is good for business. Yet 85% of those are unemployed. HuffPost Live looks at a new initiative that aims to change this.
Mark Wafer grew up with a hearing impairment, so he knows disability from the inside. When he began purchasing Tim Hortons franchises, he decided that he would hire people whom he believed would work well, whether or not they had a disability.
Here is a list of resources for churches to use to become compliant to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Although the target audience is for those living in Ontario, there are many helpful hints for all churches!
United Way in the U.S. and in Canada has done magnificent work compiling extensive, up-to-date, and user friendly databases of local agencies and resources in both countries.
When ushers seat people who use walkers, the walkers are sometimes taken away. Without the walkers, they become disabled. What is the best way to handle this situation?
Stroke is a leading cause of disability in adults around the world, so most congregations probably include—or will soon include—stroke survivors. And the implications for churches are significant.
What barriers of architecture, communication, and attitude are keeping people with various disabilities from coming or getting involved in your church? This tool from Disabilty Concerns will help you identify these barriers and give ideas for overcoming them.
Many nondisabled people feel anxious in the presence of someone with a disability, so they say nothing and avoid contact. In this publication you will find suggestions that will help educate people about communicating with people with disabilities.
Here's a great tool for Church Advocates. Consider using this form for people living with disabilities in your church community to gain a clearer idea of what your church can do to ensure they belong and can serve!