RampUp celebrates the role of people with disabilities in the church.
Dispels myths about disability
Provides a Biblical view of disability
Promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in work, witness and leadership
Provides tools to improve the accessibility of churches
and much more
95% of people with disabilities are not included in churches.
Therefore churches are invited to RampUp their facilities and systems:
RampUp attitudes - be welcoming
RampUp inclusion - be open
RampUp buildings - be accessible
God's astonishing generosity is portrayed in the parable of the Great Banquet in Luke 14. "Yet there is room!" exclaims the servant after bringing numerous people to the banquet. These people assumed they were unwelcome due to their rejection, because of their disabilities, by the rest of the village. Imagine their joy at finding themselves seated at the banqueting table. And because there is room, the invitation to the feast is still open.
RampUp helps the Church and people with disabilities to grow in relationship, so that everyone can 'be at home in church', a place of preparation for the Great Banquet. We hope that you will enjoy exploring RampUp as much as we have enjoyed designing it.
Let us know what you think and give us your suggestions to improve RampUp.
Recently trained Disability Inclusion Facilitators - People who play an important role in the Church
Your church can also celebrate the role of persons with disability in society and in the church. Here is an an idea for a sermon on Jesus restoring the dignity of the man born blind in John 9.
More suggestions in the paragraphs below.
Jou kerk word ook genooi om deel te neem aan die feesviering van Persone met Gestremdheid in die kerk en gemeenskap. Hier is 'n preek skets beskikbaar.
Sien ook verdere idees in die paragrawe hieronder.
“I have a severe speech impairment. I do accept that it is hard for people to understand me. At church there are two people who take the time and make the effort to communicate with me. Most others ignore me, they stay at a distance. The worst are those who think I have an intellectual disability and therefore they regard me as a child. I often feel that I’m not respected as a human being. People see my disability and not my personhood.”
Annually, the last Sunday in August is DISABILITY AWARENESS SUNDAY, thus 26 AUGUST 2018. Or another date that suits your church programme. The theme for 2018 is: ‘The human dignity of persons with disability’. Here you will find Suggestions for 2018.
Jaarliks die laaste Sondag in Augustus is S0NDAG VIR PERSONE MET GESTREMDHEID, dus 26 AUGUSTUS 2018. Of kies ŉ ander datum wat u kerk-program pas. Die tema vir 2018 is: ‘Die menswaardigheid van persone met gestremdheid.’ Hier sal u Voorstelle vir 2018 vind.
Recently it was Autism Awareness month. Perhaps you have wondered what can be done in your church to make people with Autism feel at home.