Last updated 9th August 2017
As well as a legal duty, we should all want to make our church services accessible for people with disabilities. A survey by SCOPE revealed that 67% of people admit to avoiding disabled people. Often, this stems from anxiety about unwittingly offending or encountering needs one cannot meet.
You can read about how to make your church buildings accessible for people with disabilities here. This page provides links to resources to support church leaders in also making their prayer, worship and discipleship accessible.
Open Ears is a non-denominational Christian charity for people who have various degrees of impaired hearing, mainly (but not exclusively) those who communicate orally, assisted by hearing aids and lip-reading. It aims to provide accessible fellowship, Bible teaching, prayer support and pastoral care.
Torch provides Christian resources and activities for blind and partially sighted people worldwide and is committed to sharing in both words and actions the love of God shown in Jesus.
Livability works with churches and other local agencies, supporting them to play their part in making the community more ‘livable’ for everyone. Whether it’s raising awareness for disability within the community, or equipping churches to reach out to their locality, Livability provides a diverse range of training, resources and practical support.
There is Diocese of Backburn Dementia Friendly Church Support Group. There are 18 members of the group that meet bi-monthly and includes a mix of clergy, PCC and members of congregations including carers. They come together to discuss dementia and to share ideas and good practice.
The Diocese is a member of the Dementia Action Alliances
Ministry with People with Learning Disabilities and People on the Autistic Spectrum. A 2009 report to General Synod highlights examples of good practice for the inclusion of people with learning disabilities in the life and work of the Church.
The Diocese of Oxford have a church access consultant who has created a helpful website.