The United Methodist Church and the Great Plains Conference strive to make churches and ministries accessible to all people, regardless of physical or other limitations.
One way the church works to expand opportunities is through the Disability Ministries Committee.
The committee states on its website that it is dedicated to opening hearts, minds, and doors for people of all abilities in The United Methodist Church. As an agency of the church, it draws its mandate from the story in Luke that tells how many people displayed through their actions that the man was part of their community.
Explore the committee’s website at www.umdisabilityministries.org/ to learn more.
United Methodist Task Force on Developmental Disabilities
For more information about the United Methodist Task Force on Developmental Disabilities and disability concerns in general, contact the General Board of Global Ministries' resources on Disability for Annual Conferences.
From the "United Methodist Book of Discipline"
¶265.4 "Disability Awareness Sunday — Disability Awareness Sunday shall be observed annually on a date to be determined by the annual conference. Disability Awareness Sunday calls the Church to celebrate the gifts and graces of persons with disabilities and calls the Church and society to full inclusion of persons with disabilities in the community. If the annual conference so directs, an offering may be received and the funds used by the annual conference to promote the creation of architectural and attitudinal accessibility in local churches. The observance of Disability Awareness Sunday shall be under the general supervision of the General Board of Global Ministries."