We believe that the church community is only whole when all are included. So it’s vital our church buildings and activities are accessible to people with physical or sensory impairment, learning disabilities, mental health issues, autism and other hidden disabilities, but we also celebrate the contribution which people with disabilities already make to the life of the Church, including its leadership and ministry. We wish to provide the same opportunities as everyone else for full participation for people with disabilities.

Ability Sunday (formerly Disability Sunday)
This is about enabling the Church to become a whole community and is now on the second Sunday in September. Parishes can celebrate this and use the resources at any time of the year.

The No Limits Conference, Enabling Church Conference
You can download the audio recordings and transcripts of the talks below.

Diocesan policies provide us with an opportunity to share good practice, raise awareness, provide appropriate training and build confidence in parishes and mission communities.

Presentation to Exeter Diocesan Synod

Disability Policy for Exeter Diocese

Sample Parish Disability Policy for Exeter Diocese

Access audit to review your buildings and activities

A new Diocesan DisABILITY Steering Group has been established to help champion disability issues and support parishes, mission communities and diocesan structures to make activities accessible for all. The group is chaired by Mr Stephen Macey who is a member of the Bishop’s Diocesan Council and Diocesan Synod. Members represent different churchmanship and location in terms of rural and urban parish experiences.


Be a dementia-friendly church

Communicating with a person who has impaired hearing

Communicating with people with learning disabilities

Making wheelchair users and carers welcome

Dyslexia Advice

Include people with autism and Asperger Syndrome

Celebrate Together

This is a monthly Fresh Expression especially inclusive for people who have learning disabilities and their friends and family which meets monthly in the Exeter area. For further details please contact Shirley Croft.

Other resources and links

Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID): www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk

Centre for Accessible Environments: www.cae.org.uk

Church Buildings Council: www.churchcare.co.uk

Churches for all www.churchesforall.org.uk

Deaf People www.gosign.org.uk

Dementia Friendly Church www.livability.org.uk

Disabled Living Foundation: www.dlf.org.uk

Enabling Church Course www.churchesforall.org.uk/enablingchurch

Equality and Human Rights Commission: www.equalityhumanrights.com

Learning Disabilities/Prospects www.livability.org.uk/prospects

Livability : www.livability.org.uk

Living Options Devon www.livingoptions.org

Mencap – the voice of learning disability: www.mencap.org.uk

Mental Health Matters www.mentalhealthmatters-cofe.org

Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR): www.radar.org.uk

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB): www.rnib.org.uk

The Church Buildings Council www.churchcare.co.uk

Through the Roof: www.throughtheroof.org

Torch Trust www.torchtrust.org

Urban Saints (families with additional needs) www.urbansaints.org/additionalneeds

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