Every church should be a place where everyone belongs and everyone serves, but often people with disabilities are inadvertently overlooked and not able to participate fully in the life of the church.
A living will (also called an advance directive) identifies the kind of medical care you want or don't want in times of serious illness. If you haven't had those conversations yet, now is the time.
A group of dedicated volunteers in Canada (along with some staff support) produce this newsletter for Church and Regional Disability Advocates across Canada.
These questions are a resource for people who want to question U.S. candidates for federal, state, and local office about their positions on issues that affect people with disabilities.
Un recurso para los que abogan por la discapacidad desde las oficinas de Asuntos de Discapacidad.
This webinar teaches ways to recognize that every individual, including persons with disabilities, has been created with gifts that are needed by the body of Christ.
Church Disability Advocates seek to promote the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in the life of the local congregation so that everybody belongs and everybody serves. They can make significant progress in this work if church leadership supports them.
Disability advocacy can feel lonely. With years of advocacy experience, two veteran advocates inspire and guide people who are working to help churches become the welcoming and engaging communities that God calls them to be.
The Five Stages is a continuum of disability attitudes created by Dan Vander Plaats of Elim Christian Services. In this video, Dan briefly describes the continuum and how one can present this continuum.
A responsive reading
Welcoming People With Developmental Disabilities and Their Families: A Practical Guide for Congregations
Check out this great little booklet on how to include and welcome people with developmental disabilities, together with their families. Written by Courtney Taylor, Erik W. Carter and others.
A social scientist, Erik Carter started his keynote address at the 2014 Summer Institute on Disability and Theology by saying he would be "preaching from Numbers." With data, he established the opportunity congregations and other communities of faith have to "welcome, receive, and be hospitable" every day of the week.