Helena Berger, Lynne Landsberg, Dick Thornburgh, Ginny Thornburgh, Curtis Ramsey-Lucas at First Trinity Lutheran Church


The mission of the AAPD Interfaith Initiative is to support people with disabilities and their families as they seek spiritual and religious access, and to bring the powerful and prophetic voice of the faith community to the 21st Century disability agenda.

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Why is the AAPD Interfaith Initiative important?

For many people with disabilities, spiritual and religious access is just as important as access to education, employment, healthcare, transportation and community services. The AAPD Interfaith Initiative welcomes your input, your suggestions and your contributions.

Who should contact the AAPD Interfaith Initiative?

  • People with disabilities and family members who want to fully participate in their congregations through worship, study, service and leadership.
  • Faith leaders who seek information about welcoming and accommodating people with physical, sensory, psychiatric and intellectual disabilities and older adults.
  • People connected to centers for independent living and other community-based organizations who decide to reach out to local congregations and seminaries.
  • Seminary administrators, professors, staff and seminarians who intend to fully include people with disabilities and older adults and infuse the theological curriculum with disability content.
  • Leaders of disability organizations who realize they may not have adequately addressed the spiritual and religious rights of their constituents.

For more information about the AAPD Interfaith Initiative please us at communications@www.aapd.com or 202-521-4316.

Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC)

The Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC) mobilizes the religious community to take action on disability policy with Congress, the President and Administration, and society at large. IDAC is a diverse, nonpartisan coalition of religious and religiously affiliated organizations whose core spiritual values affirm the rights and dignity of people with disabilities.

That All May WorshipThat All May Worship

“That All May Worship: An Interfaith Welcome to People with Disabilities” is a guide to help transform congregations of all faiths into places where children and adults with disabilities are welcomed, honored, and enjoyed. Over 70 thousand printed copies of this guide have been sold since the first edition was published twenty years ago. We are proud to now offer a free updated electronic edition of this popular guide. Please click here to read the online version of That All May Worship.

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Grounded In Faith: Resources on Mental Health and Gun Violence

Grounded in Faith: Resources on Mental Health and Gun Violence

Grounded in Faith: Resources on Mental Health and Gun Violence is a compendium of resources to be used by congregational leaders, disability advocates and other concerned persons who wish to ensure that the ongoing debate on gun control does not do great harm by stigmatizing people with mental illness or depriving them of their rights and freedoms.

Disability Employment Resources for Congregations

Americans of many faiths believe strongly that work brings dignity, self-respect, and responsibility, and that lack of employment is demoralizing, socially isolating, and wasteful of a person’s abilities. Poverty often accompanies disability and lack of employment may mean that adequate food, housing, and medical care are not attainable. Use the Bulletin Insert to raise awareness in your congregation and the Suggested Steps for Congregations to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities in your community.

IDAC Campaign Questions: A Resource for Civic ActionImage of "vote" in ASL

Active engagement in our democracy is how Americans ensure that we have government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Although it might seem difficult to have an impact on a campaign, every one of us can play a role in shaping the dialogue. These candidate questions are a resource for people who want to question candidates for federal, state, and local office about their positions on issues that affect people with disabilities, their families, and their communities. This wording is only a suggestion and these questions are not proprietary— feel free to change them to suit your personal voice and share them widely.

How to use the questions:

  • E-mail a question to the candidate’s campaign.
  • Ask a question at a candidate’s town hall meeting or other public appearance.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper encouraging them to include disability issues in their coverage of the candidate’s policy positions.
  • Tweet your question to the campaign and/or during a Twitter town hall. Hashtag: #IDACvote
  • Sponsor a town hall meeting at your congregation and use these questions.
  • Share the candidates’ answers widely.

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