The Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADN) provides a continually-updated collection of resources, including an excellent online newsletter. “Anabaptist congregations and denominations are many and varied, but one thing we hold in common is our conviction that faith is not only a ‘me and my God’’ proposition. Faith with integrity pervades and affects all our human relationships, and shapes how we view those around us. The ‘priesthood of all believers’ is not meant to be a high-sounding platitude; it’s meant to drastically change our view of what, and especially, who is important. In Jesus’ kingdom all people have value and the gifts of all are necessary for the life of the gathered community.” ADN newsletter

With Ministries focuses on people with intellectual disabilities, and offers resources from Sunday School curriculum to Bible studies to leader materials on how to include people with disabilities in our faith communities.

The Disability Ministries, United Methodist Church is “a resource for persons with disabilities, their families, friends, caretakers, congregations and clergy. This page offers information related to disability concerns with a focus on spiritual care. Here, you will find material on developmental disabilities, mental illness, appropriate language, social and environmental accessibility and resources on disability for individuals and faith communities.”

The U.S. Department of Labor offers disability resources, covering topics such as benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology, and transportation.

There are many helpful websites. The ARC is a nation-wide advocacy group with offices in every state.


List of books, websites, and other resources related to disabilities, along with “5 Stages: the Journey of Disability Attitudes”.

Statements and resolutions

Annual Conference Resolution: Commitment of Accessibility and Inclusion (2006) – Delegates at the 2006 Annual Conference approved the resolution regarding the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The statement calls for congregations to recommit themselves to the goals of the ADA and urges congregations, agencies and gatherings of the Church of the Brethren to enable all activities to be accessible so that “all may worship, serve, be served, learn and grow in the presence of God as valued members of the Christian community.” It encourages these same groups to do the following:

  • examine physical and attitude barriers that prevent people with disabilities from participating fully
  • make a commitment that all existing and future denominational offices be modified or designed to follow the guidelines of the ADA and
  • request that the Caring Ministries of the Church of the Brethren continue to make resources available to assist in fulfilling these commitments

Annual Conference Resolution: Americans with Disabilities Act (1994)