WEBINAR: Building a Disability-Friendly Church

WEBINAR: Building a Disability-Friendly Church


Everyone is invited to join a free webinar titled Building a Disability-Friendly Church: 7 Practical, Low-Cost Supports that Make a Big Difference, on Aug 21, 2016, at 4:00 PM (GMT-7:00) Pacific Time (US and Canada)

The webinar is offered through Removing BarriersFAITHTREE MINISTRIES, and a team of clergy, doctors, therapists, educators and parents to help equip our parishes to fully include persons with disability in our churches. This one free hour is jam-packed with practical information. Don’t miss it! And spread the word!

Why a webinar?

The need is huge- 20% of our population has a disability. People with disabilities are considered one of the world’s largest under-represented groups. The Church is largely unprepared for the burgeoning disabled population and in an informal survey of our clergy; they asked us to respond to this enormous need by equipping them with information and best practices to implement in their parishes.

We have experts- The Orthodox Church has multiple experts in the world of disability. There are a number of Orthodox Christians who are leading the way when it comes to disability and inclusion in our churches. We have gathered them together to instruct us on making all our churches more disability-friendly and culturally competent. They include: V. Rev. Fr. Anthony Yazge, Dr. Annie Baghdayan, BCBA-D, PhD, MEd, Jerri Mamey, OTR, Kouri Simon, M.A., CCC-SLP, Shannon Kulp, Certified Educational Therapist, National Institute for Learning Development, Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment.

Plus! We have parents and persons with disability to give us first-hand perspective and insight including Mary Evelyn Smith (writer of the renowned blog “What do you do, dear?”), and Huffington Post contributor and professional copywriter, Beth Hopkins Theilman.

We’ve been commissioned – The Gospel commands that we provide for our brothers and sisters. Throughout Holy Scripture, God instructs us repeatedly to bear one another’s burdens and help anyone who is weak or in need. He also calls us to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to all peoples.

It’s so easy- Changing small things can make a huge difference to people with disability. Whether it’s about space, programming, attitudinal barriers or simply how to communicate with persons with disability, we can make a big difference by making small changes. And most of them can be inexpensive, and easy to implement really quickly.

Who should attend?

Anyone can attend this webinar. Currently, we have parents, grandparents, clergy, church school directors, Orthodox Schools, and everyone in between planning to attend. The more the merrier!

How can you register?

If you are interested in registering for the webinar, or would like your church school director, teachers, parents or any other person interested in making your parish more disability-friendly to attend, please log on to www.faithtree.org and click on programs and classes. Next, click on Removing Barriers and scroll to the registration link at the bottom of the page or  CLICK HERE to REGISTER 

What will you be learning?

  • How to remove attitudinal barriers in your church
  • The importance of leadership in creating a disability-friendly church
  • How a little communication can make a big difference
  • Easy ways to make your Church School program significantly more disability-friendly
  • And much more!


Faithtree is a ministry of St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Van Nuys, California, a parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. Its purpose is to provide educational programs from a Traditional Orthodox Christian context in the language of our day, and to equip families in North America to live what they believe. You can contact Faithtree Resources at 16643 Vanowen St. Van Nuys, CA 91406, through their website  www.faithtree.org  or via email address info@faithtree.org.



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