Disability Awareness: Resources

Disability ministry resources are available for advocates, worship planners, and church staff covering topics related to caring, accessibility and awareness, mental health and more. (These resources, shared between the Disability Concerns ministries of the Reformed Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church in North America, are located on The Network.)

Accessibility This section includes several articles specifically about accessible communication and accessible facilities.

Advocacy Find resources on raising awareness and helping congregations become more welcoming communities.

Attitudes Attitudes lay the foundation of our actions. Find resources that address underlying attitudes toward people with disabilities and ways to promote positive change. 

Autism Autism is on the rise. Find resources and ideas for including children on the autism spectrum as well as support for families.

Children and Youth Children with disabilities are part of God’s family but aren’t always treated that way. Find resources for boys and girls clubs, Sunday school, youth groups, and families, including videos for training staff and volunteers. Additional ideas can also be found in Parents and Family, Congregational Care, and Advocacy.

Congregational Care People with disabilities can be isolated. Find resources on embracing differences and offering support to individuals and families who are living with disabilities. Resources for Congregational Care can be found under more than one topic on The Network. Searching the keywords congregation, care, and support will bring you more Congregational Care resources.

HearingHearing loss can range from mild to profound. Churches have many options to make it possible for people with hearing impairments to participate fully in church life, including hearing loops and distributing sermon manuscripts.

Intellectual Disabilities According to AAIDD, these are disabilities “characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and inadaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills.”

Mental Health About 25 percent of all people will experience a diagnosable mental illness sometime in their lifetime. Find resources here for yourself and for ministering with people with mental health issues in your church. 

Parents and Family The challenges of raising a child with a disability are significant for parents. Check out these resources to better understand those challenges and to find suggestions for ministry.

Physical Disabilities People living with physical disabilities sometimes may need to use a cane or wheelchair, but these disabilities can be “hidden” from others too, such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Suicide prevention This bulletin insert contains contact information and resources for suicide prevention.

Theology Scripture has much say about disability. Thinking theologically about disability (and not simply by seeking a cure) helps us better understand the personal and societal implications of living with a disability.

Vision A visually impaired person's eyesight cannot be corrected to a “normal level.” Churches have many options to make it possible for people with visual impairments to participate fully in church life.

Worship

We have a variety of worship resources to help you plan a service or series of services that emphasize God’s wide, welcoming love for all people, including people with various disabilities. Check out specific types of resources:

Inclusion Handbook

The second edition of our popular "Inclusion Handbook: Everybody Belongs, Everybody Serves" includes articles by disability advocates from several Christian traditions.

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