Below are resources about fostering belonging, being a community where people with disabilities can worship, learn, join in fellowship, and serve with others, and providing other opportunities for them and their families to experience community.
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.
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.
...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.
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.
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
Collaborative on Faith & Disabilities
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.
40+ recorded webinars (2016-2020) covering various faith and disability topics.