Having a disability should not be a bar to worship or to inclusion in the church community.
In the Diocese of Worcester we aim to be open and accessible to all.
We are committed to working towards an environment that will promote and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and freedoms by all people with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.
Disabled people have the right to be fully included in the life of the church. Reasonable adaptions are required under the Equalities Acts both in physical access and in the way services are conducted. To find out more about this please visit the Church of England website.
If anyone experiences any difficulty in access to services within a parish or a diocesan event they should contact the churchwardens or vicar, or a diocesan person responsible for the event. If the difficulty cannot be resolved please contact Jo Hyrons, the Diocesan Disability Advisor.
The Church of England is committed to diversity as one of its major goals. This page provides resources you may find useful: mental health resources, podcasts (disability and the church), Downs Syndrome toolkit, and British Sign Language tutorial videos.
The Archbishop of Canterbury: Watch stories of people with disabilities in the Church of England – and their perspectives on how churches can make sure everyone can participate in church life.
Livability: Livability is the disability charity that connects people with their communities.
More Than Welcome is a new resource to guide your church in how to deepen relationships with disabled people and build a church where everyone belongs. Based on the idea of a journey – the resource will help your church go through three important stages, from a place of welcome, to inclusion, to participation.
Through the Roof: This is a registered charity that exists to Transform Lives Through Jesus with Disabled People. The charity’s name comes from the Bible’s account where some men break through the roof to help their disabled friend meet Jesus (Luke: 5)
See Around Britain & See Around Europe: form a photo gazetteer designed for everybody, including disabled people, to help decide if a venue, including churches, will be suitable for visits. Everything from transport access to washroom facilities can be viewed in a series of photographs of the venue. View the suitability and accessibility before you plan to visit or arrive at the venue.
Disability Conference (anglican.org) Description: Oxford Diocese hosted an online disability conference in October. The 10 to 30 minute recordings from the day are here and include:
Including children, young people and adults with additional needs in Church
Including autistic adults and children in Church
Ministry, disability and art
Including people with sight loss in Church
Deaf and disability issues
Including Deaf people in church
Ordained ministry and disabilities
Including people with hearing loss in church
The inclusion of adults with learning disabilities
Disability and later life
John Truscott, Church Consultant and Trainer, has an article on his website about how to conduct a Disability Audit. This will be useful for church leaders, administrative and operational staff, and all who are responsible for pastoral care providing an introduction to what constitutes disability and the practical implications of the Equality Act as well as being about love and care for everyone.
The Diocese of London has a lot of good resources including for those with Learning Disabilities, those who are hard of hearing or deaf and those with sight loss. Do take a look Disability Ministry - Diocese of London.