Disability Inclusion Resources
Materials and support for creating inclusive environments for people with disabilities.
|All people are made in the image of God and are of equal intrinsic value. Thus, The Salvation Army celebrates difference and seeks to treat all people with dignity and respect. Many people around the world experience discrimination due to disabilities. The reality ranges from stigma or negative attitudes to deeply engrained and systemic exclusion. The Salvation Army's response is to go beyond minimum national legal requirements and to make it possible for persons with disabilities to be fully included and to flourish. We know less of who God is and how God appears in the world when people with disabilities are excluded. Inclusion is beneficial for everyone. Diversity within our communities and congregations strengthens us and shapes our mission and ministry. The aim of all Salvationist practice is to ensure that we are a church that makes the embodied gospel accessible for all.|
This is a testimony & teaching webinar that will be hosted four times regarding full participation for those with disabilities. Major Dr. Catherine Spiller will share her experience as a Corps Officer, a parent, and her from her education.
Major Catherine says. "Have you ever considered how to engage with people with disabilities in your corps? Come along to this webinar where I will share with you the journey that I have been on as a parent of a young man with an intellectual disability and as an Officer. We will explore together what full participation looks like and how it can be applied in your ministry setting."
This three-week discussion using the 2023 Disability Concerns Book of the Year took place in September. The participants felt the discussion was very meaningful and there was a desire to continue the discussion and take it further into local settings. There are plans being made to host another discussion in the New Year. Major Shelley is also available to host a discussion with just your ministry unit. If this is something you might be interested in, please reach out to Major Shelley Kerr.
|Major Shelley Kerr (Divisional Headquarters, Bermuda) and Major Christine Johnston (Broadview Village) have both been involved in ministry with people with disabilities for a few years. They have both come to recognize that people with disability, who are often seen as those with needs actually have much to offer our faith communities. Throughout the past few years Shelley and Christine both have developed a growing passion to see all people, regardless of their ability, fully engaged in our Corps and other ministry units. In Christine's own life experience, she has discovered that her disabilities may cause some limitations and challenges but they are also a gift of God that allow her to minister effectively and often from a unique standpoint.|