Certificate in Accessible Ministry Module 2: Understanding Accessibility

Event Date(s): Sat, 2017/10/21 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Event Type: Tyndale Spiritual Formation Centre

Saturday October 21, 2017

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Christ died for everyone. As we seek to live out that truth, what does it really look like in our churches? Do we know how to love and support people with disabilities in both practical and Christ-like ways? This module explores common barriers to people with disabilities being welcomed into Christian community, and legislation that promotes accessibility. At the end of this session participants will have a greater appreciation for the barriers people with disabilities encounter and be equipped with tools for their faith communities to be places of welcome for people of all abilities.


Sarah Chaudhery, O.T.

Sarah ChaudherySarah Chaudhery, M.Sc. (O.T.) is a registered occupational therapist with a passion for helping people of all abilities excel in everyday activities. She is committed to helping organizations ensure they never have to turn people away because of lack of supportive programming, training or facilities. Sarah’s experience includes development of inclusive camps and programs, as well as providing consultation for organizations through Plan to Protect®. Sarah served as Director of Operations for the More Than Gold campaign through Scripture Union Canada as part of the 2015 Pan Am games in Toronto.

Module Outline

9:00am: Welcome

  • Introduce presenter, participants
  • Course objectives


  • What drew you to this course?
  • What are you hoping to learn today?

9:15am: Session 1: Disabled by attitudes

What does disability look like?

  • Demography of disability in Canada
  • Common attitudes and assumptions
  • Steps to overcoming attitudinal, sociological and physical barriers

Activity: ”Scavenger hunt” Participants gain perspective on what it might feel like to navigate buildings and spaces with a disability.

11:00am: Session 2: Understanding legal responsibility

History and legislation: Students will explore legislation in Canada and around the world that protects the rights of people with disabilities.

Panel: Living with a disability A discussion where guests with disabilities share their experiences in the church and vision for change.

1:30pm: Session 3: AODA

Participants will receive necessary training in the AODA, including:

  • Customer Service Standard
  • Information and Communication Standard
  • Employment Standard

Activity: “Addressing access” Groups explore one issue related to accessibility and legislative standards and present their findings to the class.

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