Fling Wide the Gates:
Disability Equality Training for Churches

Naomi speaking at an A2ndVoice event on autism and churches

My research showed that churches exclude disabled people far too often. This is usually unintentional. Churches are well-meaning and often want to be inclusive, but unexamined biases, stereotypes and theologies about disability can close the gates to disabled people.

Drawing on ten years of research on disability and churches, my Fling Wide the Gates training helps leaders and congregants identify barriers in their church buildings and cultures, as part of a journey of commitment to becoming places of justice for disabled people. The course will show you how to create an accessible church culture where everyone can worship, just as they are. Contact me here to find out more.

I’m also a regular speaker at events and webinars on equality and justice for disabled people in churches. Book me for your event here.

What is Disability Equality Training?

DET is about more than ‘disability awareness’ – it’s about equality, access and justice for all, and it is delivered by disabled people ourselves. Or, as we say in the disabled people’s movement, Nothing about us without us.

Get in touch and together we can design a training course that meets your organisation’s needs, online or in person.

Training Rates

I charge for training on a sliding scale, with lower rates for churches and not-for-profit groups, and an expenses-only rate for disabled people’s user-led/activist groups.

Economic justice is important, in a world where disabled people are rarely paid for sharing our expertise. I speak at disabled people’s events/groups for free, but otherwise I ask for payment. However, I have a number of pro bono slots each year for churches. Please contact me for more information.

My Training Experience

I’m an experienced and certified trainer, with a qualification in delivering DET from Essex Coalition of Disabled People, an MA in Disability Studies, a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education, and teaching and training experience in further and higher education. Past clients have included universities, charities, Christian organisations and care providers.