CMDDP

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 them.

This involves:

  • 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 Church.

The work with Deaf people, who comprise a linguistic minority using
British Sign Language, has been an important national ministry of the
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!

GoSign! - 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 loss.

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 everyone. 

Causeway Prospects - offers Christian support for people with learning disabilities.

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.