Carter's Ten Dimensions of Belonging

10 Dimensions of Belonging

A desire to belong is not a “special need”. In fact, belonging is a very ordinary need shared by most everyone, with and without disabilities.

- Erik Carter (2019)

Carter explores what it means to be a community of belonging for people with disabilities - Elizabeth Turner (2019 - vkcsites.org)

Are individuals with disabilities truly known within your community? ... Known not by a label, but as an individual. Known not by deficits, but by strengths.

- Erik Carter (2019)

...addressing these 10 dimensions of belonging within the church is more likely to require ordinary gestures than extraordinary responses. So you already know what you need to know to be able to do this on behalf of people with disabilities.

- Erik Carter (2017) “Fostering Belonging”, Part 1

It’s time to make [faith communities] accessible to people of all abilities - Karen Jackson

It’s time to make [faith communities] accessible to people of all abilities - Karen Jackson (2020 - uscatholic.org)

Know the needs of your [faith community]. Presume competence. Don’t keep your efforts to be accessible and inclusive a secret. It’s all about relationships. Conduct outreach to develop a culture of inclusion.

Karen Jackson is Executive Director of the Faith Inclusion Network of Hampton Roads - an interfaith organization supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities in congregational life of religious communities.



Welcoming People with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families: A Practical Guide for Congregations

Parents considered congregation-wide disability awareness to be among the most helpful efforts faith communities could undertake.

- Taylor, Carter, Annandale, Boehm, Logeman (2014) pg. 4

Welcoming People with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families: A Practical Guide for Congregations (vanderbilt.edu)

What are the individual’s “strengths, interests, and gifts; support needs and challenges; spiritual and participation goals” for the year?
- Taylor, Carter, Annandale, Boehm, Logeman (2014) pg. 11


Carter's Fostering Belonging at Boston College

Fostering Belonging - Erik Carter (2017 - bc.edu)

Six part guided video presentation to be used as a conversation starter with members of a faith community.

...belonging is ultimately fostered not by starting new programs, but through relationships. Relationships matter more than programs.

- Erik Carter (2017) “Fostering Belonging”, Part 1

Collaborative on Faith & Disabilities - faithanddisability.org

Collaborative on Faith & Disabilities

Putting Faith to Work (2016 - faithanddisability.org)

Each person has a God-given purpose and possesses unique talents and strengths... faith traditions encourage individuals to use their personal gifts and strengths... often expressed through work or volunteer roles.

- “Putting Faith to Work” (2016)

Webinar Series (faithanddisability.org)

40+ recorded webinars (2016-2020) covering various faith and disability topics.

San Diego Special Needs Ministry Leaders

A separate San Diego Special Needs (SN) Ministry Leaders list that is not distributed to the public includes some leaders who are not in the Faith Inclusion Directory. The SN ministry list will be used solely for the purpose of connecting SN ministry leaders in San Diego County with one another for the purposes of sharing events, support, resources, prayer and encouragement.

Also, see San Diego Special Needs Ministry Regional Networking facebook page.

Questions?

If you have questions about adding a faith community to the Faith Inclusion Directory or the Special Needs Ministry Leaders list, please send an email to info@sdfaithinclusion.com.

The San Diego-Imperial Regional Office of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities supports this effort to help people become part of their communities.
- David Jespersen, Member, Regional Advisory Committee.