- Purpose of course and learning objectivesPurpose of course and learning objectives
The intent of this course is to build awareness in the church regarding issues around disability, to call the church to provide full accessibility to services and opportunities, and to promote advocacy for justice for people with disabilities.
- Identify collective and individual attitudes about disability that divide the body of Christ and to consider attitudes that bind us together.
- Recognize the role that environmental modifications, technology, and task adaptations play in enabling many persons with disabilities to live full, satisfying lives.
- Grow in understanding that disability ministry means an attitude of integration in which there is no place for “us” and “them,” and all persons are welcomed and assimilated as members of the body of Christ.
- Be prepared to advocate in one’s local church and community to improve accessibility and integration.
This course draws primarily on The Church and People with Disabilities: Awareness, Accessibility, and Advocacy by Bishop Peggy A Johnson. (If you don’t yet have the text, click here.) In addition, links to online resources are included on most days to provide additional information and perspectives.
Throughout the course, we will be watching segments from A Place for All: Faith and Community for Persons with Disabilities, helping us to hear the witness of individuals with disabilities and their experiences in the church. Diva Communications produced this ecumenical effort and has granted viewing rights in conjunction with this study. If you want to see the whole video (about an hour in length), copies are available from the Conference Media Center.
Course leader: Rev. Janet Baucom
Before we plunge into the text and learning modules we will spend time helping you become familiar with how our Moodle® Online Learning platform works. These pre-course activities are available so you can create your online profile and introduce yourself to the rest of your course participants. Just click on the box below (Introductions) and read through the material there. Feel free to go ahead and complete those introductory assignments. The regular course activities will not be available until Monday, September 25, and you will have through Saturday October 7 to complete the 10 modules of learning. If you have any difficulties with any aspect of the class, please feel free to contact me (Janet).
Take some time to get familiar with our online learning environment. Then, put your new knowledge to use by introducing yourself to your classmates and offer one another words of welcome.
The discussion begins with our own awareness (or lack of it) and attitudes towards people with different disabilities.
- The Bible and DisabilitiesThe Bible and Disabilities
Today's material looks at the biblical basis for ministries of healing, inclusion, and empowerment for people with disabilities.
- Language and EtiquetteLanguage and Etiquette
Consider the ways we speak about and act towards people with disabilities.
- The Deaf and Hard of HearingThe Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Learn the differing experiences of people with hearing loss and how ministry with they varies.
- Vision LossVision Loss
Look at modifications and technologies available for people with different disabilities.
- Mobility ChallengesMobility Challenges
Consider how accessible your local church facilities are and the challenges faced by people with limited mobility.
- Cognitive DisabiltiiesCognitive Disabiltiies
Today's discussion considers fully integrating into the life of the church individuals with cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities.
- Mental HealthMental Health
How do we embrace individuals with mental health concerns? How do we fully integrate everyone into church life?
- Supporting Families and VeteransSupporting Families and Veterans
How does the community of faith seek to meet the needs of families, those providing long-term support, and our veterans with disabilities?
- Ordained Ministry & ConclusionsOrdained Ministry & Conclusions
Today looks at the full inclusion of ordained ministers with disabilities, concluding thoughts, and commitments for going forward.
- Topic 13Topic 13