The Christian Reformed Church made an express commitment at the 1985 meeting of the Synod to break down barriers and work for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the life of the congregation. The following is the wording of that commitment.
I know a bare minimum of sign language so I sat, unable to understand the near silent conversations around me. I could have asked for a translator or requested that people go a little slower. But I was reluctant to do this. Why should I impose my single handicap on an entire group of people? Is this how a deaf person feels?
Athlete, actor, model, and bilateral below-the-knee amputee, Aimee Mullins reflects on language and her own experiences in this lecture. For those of us who believe in the power of the Word, we need to take seriously the power of our words as well.
The ADA Legacy Project website is designed to provide news, updates, scheduled events, and information on partners who are preserving disability history of the Americans with Disabilities Act, celebrating its milestones, and educating the public and future generations of advocates.
Using the r-word (retard/retarded) about another person or about doing something foolish slams fellow image-bearers of God. Take a pledge at this website to promise not to use it and to encourage others to stop using it. Also, check out the new PSA produced by r-word.org.
A moving tribute to the people who helped to bring about the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act 20 years ago written by a woman who uses a wheelchair and who has a son who has intellectual disabilities.
The late Prof. Nancy Eiesland wrote a thought-provoking reflection on Luke 24:36-39, the passage which describes Jesus' revelation of himself to the frightened disciples after he rose from the dead.
The AAIDD (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) is a national organization whose mission is to promote "progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities."
NCPD is the disability voice of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, working to fully include people with disabilities in church and society. They offer a newsletter and various information resources as well as presenting Catholic perspectives on disability issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.