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“Connections” leads the way to a more inclusive future

“Connections” leads the way to a more inclusive future

Sue is a die-hard Crows supporter who enjoys catching up with friends and has worshipped at Rostrevor Baptist church for over 30 years. She also lives with cerebral palsy and communicates with an assistive communication device.

Sue is one of many people with experiences living with a disability who have contributed in the development of practical guides to assist churches and communities become more inclusive, as part of our  NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) ‘Connections’ project.

One in five Australians live with a disability[1], and, like Sue, they want the same opportunities as everyone else to actively join in with church and community life. The guides are an incredible resource that simply and powerfully show how we can make it easier for people with disabilities to do exactly that; and in doing so, enrich the whole community.

As part of the project, Jorja Denton co-designed and co-presents the Connections – building inclusive communities workshops being delivered across the state. She has quickly established herself as a role model and leader.

“I can’t describe the world it’s opened up for me,” she says.

Participants consistently provide feedback that her honesty, experiences and knowledge of living with a disability have been invaluable.

The interactive workshops also feature guest speakers and offer tools which deliver ‘easy wins’ for churches and communities to become more inclusive.

For information about hosting a workshop, or to download the practical guides, visit https://baptistcaresa.org.au/service/church-services/connections-building-inclusive-communities

[1] ABS 2005

 

Photo caption: Connections Project presenter, Jorja Denton, shares her insights with Belonging Together craft and friendship group Coordinator, Heather Hewitson from Broadview Baptist Church

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