During the pandemic, people with disabilities found that some barriers to participation actually were removed. The articles in this issue tell a few of those stories of unexpected access.
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We encourage all churches to recognize Disability Awareness Sunday this October to demonstrate that all members of their congregation are valued. Find resources here!
This document offers guidelines for planning meetings and events to ensure that all participants with visual impairments can participate fully and safely.
In this article, we offers tips and resources for providing the same information that sighted people benefit from to those with visual impairments.
This article addresses socializing issues for people who are blind or have low vision. It's presented in a format that names six common challenges and offers solutions for each one.
Dr. Jay Dolmage is a professor at the University of Waterloo. Recently he spoke on Academic Ableism at Western Theological Seminary. He has shared many great resources with us in this article.
At a recent RCA Classis Minnesota meeting there was a discussion about no-cost options for welcoming people with disabilities. Here are some of the strategies they wanted to share.
College for Students with Disabilities
This article has suggestions and resources to help your congregation considers having emotional support animals in your church.
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.
Our Doors Are Open: Guide for Accessible Congregations offers different faith communities in Ontario simple, creative ideas and guidance to increase inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities during worship services, events, and community activities.
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.