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Why is Ability Sunday needed?

Ability Sunday is one of the many ways that you and your church can help build connections, dismantling barriers that stop people from being at the heart of their community.

Are disabled people represented within your church?

As Livability visits churches and Christian events all over the country, church leaders often tell us that disability is not an issue affecting their church: ‘We don’t have any disabled people in our church.’ In 99% of churches, this isn’t a true picture.

The UK government recognises 11m people as having long-term illness, impairment or disability. That is one person in six.

The prevalence of disability rises with age; almost half of all people over state retirement age are disabled.

Disability is dynamic – people become disabled every day. Whether born with a disability or acquiring it in a crisis, over time, through illness or old age, today’s non-disabled church member could be tomorrow’s disabled church member.

Seeing the invisible

What is much more likely is that we can’t ‘see’ the disability. If disability is something that has not affected us personally, through family or friends, it can seem invisible to us. We may not realise that those sitting in pews around us have overcome barriers of all kinds to be there. Many people experience ‘hidden’ or ‘invisible’ disability in the form of mental illness or chronic condition. We need to take time to investigate – to enable us to ‘see’.

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