This page is a resource for persons with disabilities, their families, friends, caretakers, congregations and clergy. For further information, please contact the Disability Concerns Chair:
58 Norman Lane
Sugar Tree, TN 38380
Resources- Please click on the link.
- The Association of Ministers with Disabilities is a national caucus of the United Methodist Church, encompassing all disabilities and both representative (clergy) and congregational (lay) ministry.
Wings is an unofficial quarterly newsletter for United Methodists with disabling conditions, and all persons who are interested in issues of disability and accessibility in the church.
Disability Compendium Statistics on disabilities in the US.
- Accessibility Survey
Hearts in Motion - A four lesson Bible study for Disability Awareness
- Talking Points - about Disability
- Handicap Parking
- Disability Publications
The United Methodist Book of Discipline (2012)
Disability Concerns, Conference Committee, ¶ 653
Disability Awareness Sunday, ¶ 262, 265.4, and 1806.12
Annual Conference location accessibility, ¶ 603.4
Agency Meetings accommodating, ¶ 716.2
Clergy, ¶ 1421.4g
Discipleship Board responsibility for training in ministry for, ¶ 630.1c
Home Modification Resources
- The Center for Universal Design offers a general overview of universal design, as well as articles on such things as building a ramp, installing a curbless shower and home automation technology. www.ncsu.edu/project/design-projects/udi/publications/recommended-archive-articles/. 800-647-6777.
- Concrete Change wants to make all new homes visitable and provides estimates on the cost of building visitable homes, as well as retrofitting old ones. www.concretechange.org/who-are-w/. 404-378-7455.
- Georgia Tech’s Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access offers seminars on home modifications, as well as information about assistive technologies. www.catea.gatech.edu/. 800-726-9119.
- National Association of Home Builders’ “Aging in Place” website offers “Homes for Life” designs, an explanation of universal design, links for funding home modifications and a modification checklist. www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=717. 800-368-5242.
- HUD’s website on disabilities http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/disabilities
- Infinitec.org offers a comprehensive list of home modifications, as well as adaptive technologies in everything from cooking to driving. www.infinitec.org/live/index.html. 312-765-0419.
- Helping a Disabled Person Find Housing offers ideas on ways to assist people with disabilities whose income presents challenges in finding housing. www.essortment.com/helping-disabled-person-housing-17068.html.
Other Links of Interest
The Access Ministry of McLean Bible Church offers downloadable resources for churches seeking to engage persons with disabilities of all sorts. A good starting place is "Welcoming Those with Disabilities: A Brochure for Church Staff, Ushers, and Volunteers", a PDF document available at http://www.mbctysons.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=105972.
Friendship is an inter-denominational ministry (including United Methodist), whose mission is "to share God's love with people with intellectual disabilities and to enable them to become an active part of God's family." Their website, http://www.friendship.org/, has information about how to start a Friendship Program at your church, as well as a variety of curriculum series available for purchase for classes for youth and/or adults with intellectual disabilities.Disability Law Lowdown Website - provides podcasts of up-to-date information on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability laws.
Home Wheelchair Ramp Project ADA Home Page A Place to Call Home - Addressing Opposition to Homes for People with Disabilities Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST Disability and Housing Discrimination and Sensory Impairment
Beatitudes For Friends of People with Disabilities:
Blessed are you who take the time to listen to difficult speech, for you help me to know that if I persevere I can be understood.
Blessed are you who never bid me to “hurry up” and take my tasks from me and do them for me, for I often need time rather than help.
Blessed are you who stand beside me as I enter new and untried ventures, for my failures will be outweighed by the times I surprise myself and you.
Blessed are you who asked for my help, for my greatest need is to be needed.
Blessed are you who understand that it is difficult for me to put my thoughts into words.
Blessed are you who, with a smile, encourage me to try once more.
Blessed are you who never remind me that today I asked the same question two times.
Blessed are you who respect me and love me as I am, and not like you wish I were.