In the diocese of Oxford we celebrate the inclusion, contribution and ministry of people with disabilities, recognising that the church community is only complete when all are welcome. For too long we have been thinking in terms of “how to allow people with disabilities in”, rather than recognising the partnership that should exist between people with disabilities and those who are temporarily “able-bodied”. We aim to support parishes, deaneries and the diocese in ensuring that our buildings and activities are welcoming and accessible for people with disabilities: sensory or physical impairment, learning disabilities, including autism, mental health needs, and other “hidden” disabilities. This work includes disability access audits for churches; disability awareness sessions for parish or deanery groups; other forms of training, and individual advice to parishes on disability issues.
Welcome, Inclusion, Respect: A commitment to a Church open to all
This booklet has been produced for the Diocese by Wendy Bryant, who has worked in recent years as Disability Adviser to help clergy and lay people value and include people with disabilities in the life of the Church. (Also available as an easier read version).
The Access and inclusion guide 2013 is another useful resource developed by Wendy.
Children in church resource
Welcome, teaching and worship with children with special needs
This guide is for people with responsibility for children’s work in churches, and includes topics such as making people feel welcome, making people feel included and ideas for teaching and worship.
Welcoming those with Autism and Asperger Syndrome in our Churches and Communities
Guidelines produced for use in the Diocese of Oxford.