20% of the population of the United Kingdom admit to having some
form of disability. This means that there is a large
number of people in the
Church of England who are seeking to live out their Christian
lives with the challenges presented by disability.
Through the Committee for Ministry of and Among Deaf and
Disabled People (CMDDP) the Church of England seeks to
support and encourage the ministries of Deaf people, people with
disabilities and the ministries of all those who work with
- encouraging and strengthening the participation and
representation of Deaf people and people with disabilities at every
level in the life and witness of the Church.
- providing training, advice and support for those involved in
ministry with Deaf people and people with disabilities
- seeking to ensure that the gifts and ministries of all Deaf
people and people with disabilities are fully used and valued in
The work with Deaf people, who comprise a linguistic minority
British Sign Language, has been an important national ministry of
Church of England for almost 100 years. The actual day to
day ministry with Deaf people is carried forward by a network of
diocesan chaplains whom the Committee seeks to support with
training and advice.
Particularly important at the present time is the work of
helping the Church to comply with the provisions of the Equality
Act 2010, which came into force on
1st October 2010.
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Deaf Church is a useful
resource for anyone interested in Church and Deaf people. It
provides news, forums and information about Deaf people and Church
around the UK.
Do you use British Sign Language in a Christian setting? Are you
learning BSL? Are you an interpreter? Are you a Deaf person who
needs to understand Church language better? Do you work alongside
Deaf people as an ordained or lay minister? Signs of God can help you!
- a Christian ecumenical organisation offering support for
Deaf and hearing Christians working in partnership.
Christian Signs - the organisation which is
undertaking the 'Bible Translation Project' translating the Bible
into British Sign Language (BSL).
The Torch Trust - is a Christian
organisation with a worldwide vision for people with sight
Through the Roof - is a national,
pan-disability, Christian ministry who seek to ensure that the good
news of the Christian message is accessible to
Prospects - offers Christian support for people with learning
Churches Together in England (CTE) - an
ecumenical organisation which seeks to help different Christian
denominations work together for common aims.
Churches for All - a partnership of UK
Christian disability organisations helping to create a better
church environment for disabled people.