Commission on Disability Concerns
The Book of Discipline recommends a Commission on Disability Concerns be established in each conference (Paragraph 653). The responsibilities of the commission include the awareness and advocacy for those persons with disabilities in leadership positions who are active in ministry. It is also to advocate for and develop programs within the annual conference that meets the needs of persons with disabilities. This can include ways to foster awareness and/or education for sensitivity training to leadership about the various needs of persons with disabilities that promotes inclusion within the church. In addition, the commission is to be a resource for the local church that is attempting to develop ministries that are attitudinally and architecturally accessible. Disabilities that are included, but are not limited to, are deaf, late-deafened, hard-of-hearing, deafblind, development disabilities, intellectual disability, mental illness, visual impairment, and physical disabilities.
On this webpage, resources, literature, and opportunities are made available. For further questions or concerns, please contact Rev. Nancy Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disability Awareness Sunday
Resources for Disability Awareness Sunday
Newsletters for People with Disabilities
Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADNet) (December 2013)
The United Methodist Committee on Disability Ministries (Fall 2013 issue)
The Voice of the United Methodist Disability Connection (Summer 2013)
Voice of the United Methodist Disability Connection (March 2013 issue)
Educational Opportunities and Trainings
UMC Certification in Ministry with People with Disabilities is offered through United Theological Seminary.
Light the FIRE! 4th Annual Church Renewal Conference - May 8-9, 2014 - Sponsored by United Theological Seminary.
Rejoicing Spirits Ministry, Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Severna Park (worship for people with cognitive disabilities)
Articles, News and Resources
Disabilities 101 - Learn about inclusive language, etiquette, and other information
Disability-Related United Methodist Organizations
There are several United Methodist-related organizations that advocate for people with disabilities and/or are disability-related.
Media and Other Resources
A DVD resource on a faith community celebrating disability inclusion
Vast Horizons Inc. Connect
A resource for cognitive and developmental disabilities
Independence Now, Inc.
Advocacy and service provider for people with disabilities in Prince Georges County and Montgomery County, Maryland.