When I present on my research, I’m often asked for resources to help church leaders and members to understand inclusion and social justice for disabled people. The disabled Christians’ movement includes some wonderful leaders and consultants, who have shared guidance and resources.
Resources about Access
- The Living Edge conference, a partnership between St Martin-in-the-Fields Church and Inclusive Church, is a conference run by disabled Christians, for disabled Christians. They developed ‘Something Worth Sharing’, a resource on disability inclusion in churches.
- ‘Welcoming and Including Autistic People in our Churches and Communities’ – autism inclusion guidelines by Ann Memmott
- Jemma Brown – church accessibility consultant
- Church of England Guidance Note on accessibility and churches. There is a duty under the Equality Act for churches to be accessible. Churches often think they’re not covered by the law. They are!
- The Inclusive Church ‘Radical Welcome’ course – training on making your church more radically welcome to all
Groups of Disabled Christians
- Disability and Jesus – services and resources by disabled ministers Katie Tupling and Bill Braviner
- YouBelong – an online community connecting disabled Christians/those with chronic illness
- The Ordinary Office – daily prayers by Dave Lucas, disabled Christian
- Struggling Saints – Weekly Twitter Bible reflections led by a disabled Christian
Disabled Ministers, Theologians & Leaders
- Fiona MacMillan, Chair of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Disability Advisory Group and Inclusive Church disability conferences
- Tanya Marlow, theologian, author and speaker who campaigns around chronic illness and churches
- Ann Memmott, autistic autism professional in churches and society
- Tim Goode, rector at St Margaret’s Lee Church
- Pam Webster, Methodist minister retired through chronic illness
- Krysia Waldock, autistic researcher currently undertaking a PhD on autism and (non)belief
Disabled Children and Churches
- Included By Grace, blog of Lynn McCann, with many great resources on including autistic children/those with learning disabilities
- Kay Morgan Gurr, consultant and trainer on including children with additional needs in churches
Do let me know if you know of other resources that should be included here.