Disability Awareness Sunday 2014

By karen

The Rev Jennifer McWhirter.

The Rev Jennifer McWhirter.

November 16 is designated as Disability Awareness Sunday.

The Rev Jennifer McWhirter, Chairperson of the Church of Ireland’s Working Group on Disability, said this was an appropriate time to highlight some useful statistics relating to disability.

“These remind us both of various different types of disability that might be present in congregations and that not all disabilities are immediately obvious,” Jennifer said.

The Working Group aims to make people think beyond disability and towards access for all and to make people aware of key issues involved in ensuring that churches are as accessible and welcoming as possible both physically and in their culture.

“Churches and church-based organisations can do much to meet people’s worshipping, pastoral and social needs on an inclusive basis and indeed over recent years church buildings across the island have undergone various changes for the better, from modifications to make them wheelchair accessible to providing handrails on entrance steps, for example,” said Jennifer.

“Further improvements could include providing disabled parking spaces or installing a loop system where there isn’t one. Churches and halls should also consider if they have effective evacuation plans for people with a disability. On other fronts, ensuring that large print / braille materials for the …read more

Read the full article here: http://connor.anglican.org/2014/10/27/disability-awareness-sunday-2014/

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