God's church is a diverse church; it is for all. We must do all we can to make our worship spaces, faith events, buildings and attitudes as open and accessible as possible for everyone. A key area for the Anglican church is to increase the welcome and participation of disabled people. The following resources and links are geared towards helping parishes fulfil that vision.
Equality Act 2010
A new Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010, providing a legal framework to protect individuals' rights and advance equality of opportunity for all. One of nine main pieces of legislation that have been merged into the legislation of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Click here to view the Equality Act 2010.
- Welcoming Disabled People (C of E Website)
- Dementia-Friendly Churches (CTiC)
- Centre for Accessible Environments
- The Church Buildings Council
- Disabled Living Foundation
- Equality & Human Rights Commission
- Mencap – The Voice Of Learning Disability
- Royal Association for Disability & Rehabilitation (RADAR)
- Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
- Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID)
- Through the Roof
- Church Buildings Council, Guidance Note on Accessibility and Disabled People, available as a free pdf download from the ChurchCare website.
- Corporation of London, 2006 (3rd) edition, Designing an Accessible City & Access for Disabled People in the City of London, available as a free pdf download in four parts on the City of London website.
- English Heritage, Easy Access to Historic Properties, English Heritage (available as a free pdf download from the English Heritage website.
- Foster, Lisa Access to the Historic Environment (ISBN 978 1 873394 18 2), available direct from the publisher here.
- Penton, John Widening the Eye of the Needle: Access to Church Buildings for People with Disabilities (ISBN 978-0715140611), available from Church House Publishing.