we combine our special education expertise and our passion for inclusive worship to help churches build interdependent communities for children and adults of all abilities.
Our framework for creating belonging for people of all abilities is made up of 3 parts.
Perspective: Puzzle Pieces
Understanding that each person is a piece of the puzzle, a member of the Body of Christ, with both gifts (“greens”) and challenges (“pinks”).
Participation: Universal Design
A broad spectrum of ideas meant to produce buildings, products, and environments that are inherently accessible to all people. Find out more about Universal Design and how you can implement it in your congregation, from our Best Practices for Building Belonging in Congregations and this hour-long seminar on Universal Design for Worship
Personalization: Responsive Design
When participation requires further support, implement Responsive Design to meet specific needs, equipping individuals to use their gifts.
For many individuals, having good practices in place related to Universal Design will give the needed support. For others, an individualized plan will be critical for full belonging in the community.
We would be delighted to explore with you how to put support in place for individuals in your congregation. See our Church resources for a few ideas to get you started.
Services and Resources
Wondering how your role in the congregation can make a difference in creating inclusive community?
Whether you are on paid staff, a volunteer, a faithful member, or an occasional attendee, your role impacts the community. Browse through the ideas in our Best Practices Guide for how each one can create belonging in your faith community.
Need more training and information on inclusive ministry?
We can present for your leadership, volunteers, or the entire congregation. We would love to plan with you to meet the needs of your community!
Have situations you'd like help working through?
Our consultants would be delighted to observe your setting, consult with you and a team, and provide you with a plan. We also provide coaching so you can plan ahead and prepare for what God is calling you to do.
Want help evaluating the accessibility and inclusivity of your church?
It would be our joy to study your church with you, guide you through a process, and provide you with a plan for greater belonging for persons of all abilities in your congregation. Have a look at the basic areas of one of the analysis tools we use.