In the diocese of Oxford we celebrate the inclusion, contribution and ministry of disabled people, recognising that the church community is only complete when all are welcome, and the partnership that should exist between disabled people and those who are non-disabled. We aim to support parishes, deaneries and the diocese in ensuring that our buildings, activities and services are welcoming and accessible for disabled people. This work includes mentoring, 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.

You can also find out more about the work being done in the Deaf Churches by going to the website of the Oxford Council for the Deaf and Hard of hearing (the link is here). For an introduction to D/deaf culture and some of the challenges faced by this community, there is an excellent article here written by Lucy Cooper

Prayer

 

Loving God, we pray for all disabled people across the world. 

May all disabled people know your love. 

May your Church recognise and value the gifts and skills of disabled people. 

Together, may we worship you freely, serve you willing,

and be truly your Church in all our diversity.  Amen. 

General resources around disability and inclusion

Welcoming and Including Autistic People in our Churches and Communities.

Guidelines produced for use in the Diocese of Oxford.

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.

10-ways-to-belong – Methodist Church and Urban Saints

The Methodist Church, Count Everyone In, Urban Saints, and the Additional Needs Alliance, have collaborate to create a guide to help churches support children, young people and young adults with additional needs, and better enable everyone to belong in every church.

Ability Sunday video reflection:

Revd Katie Tupling reflects on Psalm 139, Ability Sunday, and her own faith and disability


Find out more

Oxford Diocesan Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

ODCD works with deaf and hard of hearing people to meet their spiritual, social and general needs, and to help give them a voice and full participation in church and society. We would love to hear from you if you or someone you know would like our support, or if you are interested in helping support the work of ODCD

Parents and Children Together

Oxford Diocese has a strong historical relationship with PACT – an adoption charity and family support provider which helps hundreds of families every year through outstanding adoption services and award-winning therapeutic support and inspirational community projects across London and the south of England.

PACT is one of the UK’s leading independent adoption charities, placing children with secure and loving families and supporting them with specialist therapeutic support. Their award-winning FACTS service includes counselling, Theraplay, creative art therapy and life story work which help children to overcome difficulties in childhood, adolescence and early adulthood which have resulted from early trauma and neglect.

Calibre 

Calibre Audio Library is a national charity providing a subscription-free service of unabridged audio books for adults and children with sight problems, dyslexia or other disabilities, who cannot read print.

A national charity, Calibre lend audiobooks to over 14,000 members across the UK and EU and now in countries that have ratified the Marrakesh Treaty. Members range in age from five to 105 and Calibre offer a wide choice of unabridged books for all ages and all tastes.

One of their guiding principles has always been to supply books in a format that can be played on ordinary household equipment. This means that members can select a player that suits their needs. For example they can listen to audio books on portable equipment (like a purpose built USB player), so that they can take books into the garden, on holiday or on long journeys.

Livability

Livability is a disability charity that connects people with their communities: they tackle social isolation and the barriers that can cause this in the lives of disabled and vulnerable people.

Through a wide range of disability, education, training and community services, Livability promotes inclusion and wellbeing for all. Together, they work to see people take part, contribute and be valued. Livability puts the elements in place that all add up to connected lives and communities.

In 2019 Bishop Steven and Revd Katie Tupling wrote the resources and reflections for Ability Sunday – celebrating the gifts and skills of all people.

Contact:

Our part time Disability Adviser is Revd Katie Tupling

Mobile (Text/voice): 07442 762998

Email: katie.tupling@oxford.anglican.org

(click on her name – above -to find out more about her.)