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2011 Disability Inclusion Resource Packet

Presbyterians for Disability Concerns (PDC) is offering our 2011 Inclusion Sunday resources to equip churches for inclusive ministry. The ideas and suggestions for worship and theology, confirmation and models of ministry come from actual experiences of writers who are committed to inclusion of children and youth of all abilities. It is our prayer that this packet will assist you in your ministry with all of God’s children.

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  1. As one who went to the conferences at Stony Point, NY, I was blessed to meet and hear Sarah who writes much in this material, and others who live with a disability share their stories. As a father of a 25 year old child with autism I have had many opportunities to advocate for those whose voices are not heard. If anyone knows of models of where young adults are living in community and church of faith based communities are partners I would love to hear more about them... Thanks to all who are helping our church be more inclusive of those who truly are our teachers in the faith.

    by Rev Dr JIm Barnum

    April 18, 2012

  2. Thanks Judy for wanting to send your information on to Louisville and for pointing out that there was a lack of clarity in how the audit was to be used. The audit is an assessment tool for your congregation and it is quite unlike the data gathering forms of the Office of the General Assembly. However, one of the outcomes of this audit that would be helpful to PHEWA and to the larger church is for the churches who do the audit to share what they learned and what they did with those results. Many congregations have found the audit to be an invaluable assessment tool as it led them to ask new questions, find new understandings of what accessibility means, and open many doors to inclusion that would't have happened otherwise. So--please encourage other congregations to participate in the audit process and then share your stories with one another and with PDC and PHEWA! Again, thanks for being your clerk of session--your attention to detail and to reporting your data is appreciated!!

    by sue montgomery

    August 15, 2011

  3. The Congregational Audit is an excellent resource for self-study. One church that used the study discovered that even though they have accessible restrooms and an elevator, there was more they needed to do to welcome people with disabilities into full participation in the church - including leadership positions. They sponsored two adult education series on disability issues and organized the church's first Disability Concerns Committee.

    by Bebe Baldwin

    July 30, 2011

  4. I see the audit as primarily internal in nature, or one way for congregations to increase consciousness around hospitality for people with disabilities -- raising issues previously unconsidered and then laying the framework for congregational reflection, priorities and action. On the other hand, it could be interesting and helpful to share what's been learned through the audit with others.

    by Milt Tyree

    July 27, 2011

  5. As clerk I recieved the forms for the congregational audit several weeks ago. We have gone over the forms and checked the boxes but we aren't sure from the info received if we are to return it to someone or if it was just for our information. We didn't think it was clear.

    by Judy Pinti

    July 12, 2011

  6. Great resource. Thanks to Presbyterians for Disability Concerns and PHEWA.

    by Belle Miller McMaster

    May 26, 2011

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