Why have a disability advocate?

Why have a disability advocate?

Disabilities often keep people from participating fully in the church—sometimes a disability keeps someone from participating at all. A disability advocate helps your congregation welcome and include people with disabilities and their families.                                                                                                                  

One in five people has a disability. That’s a lot of people a disability advocate can help your church welcome, disciple, learn from, and watch lead.

What does an advocate do?

Disability advocates are volunteers who commit to:

  • Identify the needs of church members living with a disability (and their loved ones) and work with church leaders to respond to those needs.
  • Encourage the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the life of the church.
  • Help people with disabilities and their families identify needed resources.
  • Offer Disability Concerns resources to their congregation, including the quarterly newsletter Breaking Barriers
  • Advocate for the adoption of a disability policy by church leaders and assist in its implementation.
  • Establish and carry out annual goals for improving the congregation’s welcome and engagement of people with disabilities
  • Participate in training opportunities when possible.

Print a disability advocate flier

Read a story about how a disability advocate made a difference in her church.

We’re here to help.

Becoming an advocate is a commitment. But you won’t be doing it on your own. RCA Disability Concerns will help you get the training and resources you need. And you’ll be joining a network of disability advocates who support each other.

Interested in becoming an advocate? Want to learn more?

Email Terry DeYoung, coordinator for Disability Concerns, at tdeyoung@rca.org