Supporting churches to include people with Autism and Learning Disabilties

Please read this – Liveability are part of the Churches for All group and this is an excellent blog post…

The Community Engagement blog

There are 11 million disabled people in the UK – that’s 17% of the population.

To put that in context, ethnic minority groups make up 14%. Think of the impact that ethnic minorities have made on our national identity – on our cultural, social and economic life. Another comparison – children aged 11 and under make up about 13% of the population. Think how much our churches invest in babies, toddlers and primary school-aged children.

There are more disabled people than there are ethnic minorities, more disabled people than there are children. We need to talk about disability.

But where to start? Here are six conversations that every church should have about disability:

1. Are there disabled people in our church?
We need to understand who is in our church. And it’s no good just counting the wheelchairs! Most disability is hard to see. Mental health issues, Autism spectrum disorders…

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