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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.