History

Woman in wheelchair entering building via ramp, photo by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, 200 x 274

The Disabilities Ministries was created at the 1981 Annual Conference and was the first task group formed under the auspices of the Association of Brethren Caregivers (now part of the Mission and Ministry Board). From the beginning, this ministry's focus has been to address concerns of advocacy, awareness education, and accessibility. In 1994 a motion was accepted by Annual Conference regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act, and in 2006 a Resolution was approved at Annual Conference affirming the Church of the Brethren's commitment to accessibility and inclusion.