Naomi storytelling at the 2019 Culture Access disability arts festival. Cr: Howard Jones.

I am a social researcher, writer and trainer. My forthcoming book At The Gates: Disability, Justice and the Churches (DLT, 2022), co-written with Emily Richardson, is based on a decade of research into disabled people’s experiences of churches and Christian faith. As they share their struggles to access and participate in communities, these storytellers call for – and model – justice for disabled people in churches. Find out more about the book here and order here.

As an independent social researcher, I research disability and other social issues with churches and in the not-for-profit sector.

My disability equality training equips churches and other organisations to become places of justice for disabled people. I’m also available as a speaker for conferences, events and study days.

As a disability advocate, I’m part of a growing movement of disabled and neurodivergent Christians calling for transformation in churches. And I’m a storyteller, who finds God on the edge, where new things take root.

For news, follow me on Twitter and on Facebook.

What You’ll Find at this Website

My research

The Research page shares details of my research projects, including research into disabled Christians’ experiences of churches.

As a social researcher, I’ve worked with not-for-profit organisations, Disabled People’s Organisations and church networks.

The book

Find out more here about At the Gates: Disability, Justice and the Churches.

Published by Darton, Longman and Todd (2022), the book shares stories from research with over 50 disabled Christians in the UK, centring their lived experience and sharing their transformative theologies with churches.

News

Recent and upcoming articles and talks on disability, society and churches can be found here.

My blog

Visit my blog to read about news and events across the UK disabled Christian movement, and reflections on disability and churches.

Disability Equality Training and access advice

Your church or organisation needs Disability Equality Training.

On a Fling Wide the Gates training course, you’ll learn how to dismantle barriers, challenge ableism in your church, and share radical hospitality with disabled people – and how to receive the same hospitality from us.

Resources for churches on disability inclusion and justice

Visit the Resources page for resources, tips and advice for making your church more radically hospitable to disabled people.

Church leaders often ask me where they can find resources to help them make their churches more accessible to all. Here I list books and resources on disability, justice and churches, most written by disabled Christians ourselves.