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The following web sites provide information designed to encourage and support the accessibility of religious organizations and facilities. Due to policy and space limitations, we do not provide links to specific ministries, churches, and programs that do not serve a national or international audience.
 
 Bibles and Other Sacred Writings in Special Media
This reference circular from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped lists bibles and sacred texts of many world religions that are available in braille, large print, or recorded format. The materials, which are available for loan or purchase, represent a variety of languages, translations, and versions.
 
 Center for the Study of Religion and Disability
This personal website by Jeff McNair, Ph.D. is a resource for those looking for information relating to the natural support given by local churches to those with disabilities. Includes articles, research projects in progress, and related sites.
 
 Christian Council on Persons with Disabilities
This is the website of a consortium of Christian organizations working in disability ministry. It includes a quiz on "How Accessible Is Your Church?" as well as information about the organization and its publications and services.
 
 Consortium for Special Needs Educators in Central Agencies for Jewish Education
Part of the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA), this membership consortium offers online information about resources, articles, newsletters, and other information of interest to special educators in Jewish agencies.
 
 The Council for Jews with Special Needs
The Council "is a non-profit human resources agency, composed of concerned individuals working together to ensure that all Jews have the opportunity to fully participate in the richness of Jewish religious, cultural, and social life." The website includes information about the organization and its services. There are also related articles and links.
 
 DISC - Disability Concerns
This site from Health and Welfare Ministries, General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church, "is for persons living with physically or mentally challenging conditions, their friends, families, caretakers, lay associates, and clergy. It offers information related to disability concerns, yet adds the dimension of spiritual care. Pages include material on developmental disabilities, mental illness, creative writing by or related to persons with disabilities, and resources in the area of disability ministry for both individuals and faith communities." The site also includes up-to-date news, articles, and information about joining DISC's e-mail list.
 
 Joni and Friends
Founded by Joni Eareckson Tada, this internationally known organization is devoted to "accelerating Christian ministry in the disability community." Its website includes information about the organization and its programs, a geographical directory of churches and organizations with disability ministries, plus a very nicely organized collection of disability links.
 
 National Organization on Disability (N.O.D.) - Religion[starred entry]
This greatly expanded section of the N.O.D. website offers a wide variety of resources and links relating to religion and disability in general, accessible congregations, and current events and information. Topics include: N.O.D.'s Religion & Disability Program, Money and Ideas, Guides, N.O.D. Directory of Religious Leaders, Accessible Congregations Campaign, Resources and Links, Journey of a Congregation, Conferences, Facts & Statistics, and News & Updates. Some of the sections are links to information about publications available for purchase rather than online.
 
 National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD)
A variety of resources and documents about church's mission and positions relating to people with disabilities.
 
 National Christian Resource Center (NCRC)
Part of Bethesda Lutheran Homes & Services, NCRC provides resources to families of children with disabilities, pastors, volunteers and other professionals in the field of developmental disabilities throughout the world. NCRC holds workshops, responds to telephone inquiries, and offers a wide variety of other programs and services.
 
 National Jewish Council for the Disabled
This orthodox organization maintains a national resource center, a national center for inclusion, and "mainstreamed" and self-contained social and recreational activities.
 
 Pathways to Promise: Ministry and Mental Illness
"Pathways to Promise is an interfaith technical assistance and resource center which offers liturgical and educational materials, program models, and networking information to promote a caring ministry with people with mental illness and their families." Its website provides clergy and others with information about pastoral crisis intervention, family support, and and extensive list of resources.
 
 Resource Packet on Disability, Spirituality, and Healing
Compiled by The Rev. Nancy Lane, Ph.D. and distributed by Syracuse University's Center on Human Policy, this online packet includes published articles, a syllabus used for a seminary course, handouts, a bibliography, and other materials (some in pdf format) that can be used by people with disabilities and those wanting to minister with them.
 
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