November 21 is Disability Awareness Sunday

Tuesday September 28th 2010

The Church of Ireland’s annual Disability Awareness Sunday will take place November 21 this year.

The purpose of the day is to help churches focus on disability not just for one day but for that day to lead to ongoing inclusion of people with disabilities in the life of the Church.

The day will provide churches with an opportunity to have people with disabilities take part in the services and through this and other ways to raise the awareness of disability among the church community in general.

Resources for parishes to use on the Sunday designated as Disability Awareness Sunday  – and at other times throughout the year are available at The following can be downloaded here: Sermon; Prayers.

Ninety five per cent of us will experience a disability at some time in our lives.  The Church of Ireland recognises that within society disability is a significant issue. 

Statistics for Northern Ireland as produced by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) published in 2007 show the following:

21% of adults in Northern Ireland have at least one disability
6% of children are affected by a disability
60% of those aged 65 and above have a disability

With regard to Learning Disability, Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland provide support to 9,500 people.  In the same period almost 17,000 people were diagnosed with a mental illness.

Inclusivity is a basic Christian principle that should be embraced by everyone

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