This section contains links to lots of resources for further individual learning about a wide range of topics.  All of them have been recommended to the Methodist Church by people with experience in the relevant field.  Not all of these external resources will always share a Methodist ethos or theology.  However, that does not mean we cannot learn more about equality, diversity and inclusion issues from reading these resources, and then apply that learning within church life, to better ensure justice, dignity and solidarity within our fellowship.

This video from the Learning Network gives guidance on Critical Thinking and how we can help ourselves to learn, even when we are considering resources that contain things that make us uncomfortable, or with which we disagree theologically: https://youtu.be/pBYp8Ke8YmU

If you find anything in these resources that you consider inappropriate, please reflect on what learning you can take from the resource and why other Methodists might have recommended it.  Please also contact Equality&diversity@methodistchurch.org.uk to report the resource so it can be reviewed and removed from this list if necessary.


Access Arrangements

Accessible buildings: How making your building accessible can transform your outreach | Accessibility - YouTube

Video resource published by the Methodist Church, featuring the coordinator of the Living with Disability Solidarity Circle, Revd Mo Onyett

Equal Access to Church Buildings:
Equal_Access_to_Church_Buildings.pdf (churchofengland.org)

Guidance from the Church of England on making a church building accessible


Designing for Accessibility: Dos and don'ts on designing for accessibility - Accessibility in government (blog.gov.uk)
Government guidance on designing accessible digital material, with downloadable guidance posters


UKAAF: Standards - UK Association for Accessible formats (ukaaf.org)
UK Association for Accessible Formats guidance on making documents accessible for those who are blind or partially sighted.


Autism & Neurodiversity

ADDitude: ADDitude - ADD & ADHD Symptom Tests, Signs, Treatment, Support (additudemag.com)
Personal help and resources for those with ADHD


ADHD Aware: ADHD Aware - Support for Adult ADD, ADHD - ADHD Aware Charity
A small charity who support adults impacted by ADHD


ADHD Awareness Month: ADHDAwarenessMonth 2022 – Understanding a Shared Experience
Aim to raise awareness, provide education and bust myths surrounding ADHD


ADHD Foundation: Home - ADHD Foundation : ADHD Foundation
Neurodiversity charity providing integrated health and education services


ADHD Uncensored: ADHD uncensored: The realities of living with ADHD (methodist.org.uk)
Blog on the realities of living with ADHD from Methodist Youth President James Carver


Autism & Gender Diversity: Largest study to date confirms overlap between autism and gender diversity | Spectrum | Autism Research News (spectrumnews.org)
Report on a study into the intersection of autism with gender diversity


Autism & Gender Diversity: 2021_DEdChPsy_Milne.pdf (uel.ac.uk)
Study into the intersection of autism with gender diversity


Autistic SPACE: Autistic SPACE: a novel framework for meeting the needs of autistic people in healthcare settings | British Journal of Hospital Medicine (magonlinelibrary.com)

A framework for meeting the needs of autistic people in healthcare settings, though applicable in other contexts

Ann’s Autism Blog: Ann's Autism Blog (annsautism.blogspot.com)
Blog by autistic autism expert Ann Memmott


Genius Within: Passionate about Neurodiversity - Genius Within
Neurodivergent-led business who support organisations, businesses and individuals to work at their best.


How to ADHD: How to ADHD - YouTube
YouTube channel with videos to support people living with ADHD


How to welcome neurodivergent people in church: How to welcome neurodiverse people into your church | James Carver - YouTube

Video resource published by the Methodist Church, featuring the former Youth President, James Carver


Included by Grace: includedbygrace | Supporting churches to include people with Autism and Learning Disabilties (wordpress.com)
Blog to support churches to include people with autism and learning disabilities


Inclusion, Identity and Belonging: Krysia Waldock BA (Hons), MA, AFHEA; PhD Candidate (krysiawally.blogspot.com)
Blog by autism researcher Krysia Waldock


LinkedIn Learning and neurodiversity: Learning and neurodiversity (linkedin.com)
Online training package on supporting accessibility for neurodiversity.  Focused on the workplace but the principles can be applied in other contexts.


National Autistic Society: National Autistic Society (autism.org.uk)
UK’s leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families


Planning Across The Spectrum: https://planningacrossthespectrum.com/neurodiversity-facts-financial-planning/
Information on neurodiversity from a neurodiversity and disability financial planning service


Respecting Neurodiversity: Respecting Neurodiversity in the Church - The Disability and Faith Forum
Blogpost on respecting neurodiversity in the church on the Disability and Faith forum.


Supporting autistic individuals in our churches: ResqueStick UK V12 16x9 VO1 (youtube.com)
A video from Through the Roof with Triona Brading, sharing advice on supporting autistic individuals in churches.


The Brain Charity: The Brain CharityA charity who provide free practical help, emotional support and social activities for anyone with a neurological condition in the UK, their families, friends and carers.


Unmasked: Unmasked | Community For Busy Brains | Neurodivergent Blogs, Resources & Events (weareunmasked.com)A community to share guidance and resources for those who are late-diagnosed with a neurodivergent condition.



Chronic Illness

Action for M.E support: www.afme.org.uk
A free online resource about myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). 


Alzheimer’s Society: Alzheimer's Society (alzheimers.org.uk)
A charity providing support services to those living with dementia and funding dementia research.


Campaigner for those with Chronic Illness: About Me | Tanya Marlow - Thorns and Gold

Tanya Marlow, author and broadcaster on faith and spirituality and campaigner for those with chronic illness and disability


Chronic Illness blog: Stephanie Tait Writes — Stephanie Tait
Blog by Stephanie Tait on the intersection of Faith and Pain


Dementia information: https://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/dementia-information/
Dementia information from Alzheimer’s Research UK


Dementia friendly church: www.dementiafriendlychurch.org.uk/
Equipping churches and leaders to make worship and buildings accessible to people with dementia.


Dementia friendly churches resource pack: Dementia friendly churches | MWiB
A pack of spiritual and practical resources to help us make our churches more friendly to people with dementia and their carers.  Produced by Methodist Women in Britain and MHA.


Endometriosis UK: Ending endometriosis starts by saying it | Endometriosis UK (endometriosis-uk.org)
Information on endometriosis


What is Endometriosis: What Is Endometriosis? - YouTube
Video providing information on Endometriosis


Fibromyalgia: What is Fibromyalgia? - Symptoms & Treatment | NIAMS (nih.gov)
Information on fibromyalgia


Fibromyalgia UK patient booklet: FMA UK - Patient Booklet
Information booklet from Fibromyalgia UK


MND Association: www.mndassociation.org/
Providing help and support for people who have Motor Neurone Disease, as well as their friends and families. 


Multiple Sclerosis Societywww.mssociety.org.uk
Information, research, news and support from Multiple Sclerosis Society UK.


Parkinson's UKwww.parkinsons.org.uk
Local teams across the UK focus on working with the whole Parkinson's community to get the right services and support.


Versus Arthritis: www.versusarthritis.org
Information about arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions




British Dyslexia Associationwww.bdadyslexia.org.uk
The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) is a membership organisation working to "achieve a dyslexia-friendly society for all".


The Dyslexia Association: www.dyslexia.uk.net
The Dyslexia Association provide support and services for dyslexic children and adults, their families, educators, employers and the wider community



Hearing Impairment

Deaf awareness training: throughtheroof.org/2022/10/24/deaf-awareness-video/
Training on communicating with someone who is deaf, from www.throughtheroof.org, a charity aimed at transforming lives through Jesus with disabled people


How to listen with your whole body: Evelyn Glennie, TED Speech, How to listen to music with your whole body, pt 1/3 - YouTube
Talk on how to listen to music using your whole body, not just your ear drums


Revd Neil Robinson: Rev Neil's Story - YouTube
Deaf awareness trainer Revd Neil Robinson, who is deaf and has cerebral palsy, shares his story of becoming a priest in the Church of England



Hidden Disabilities

The Sunflower: The Sunflower is for people with non-visible disabilities (hiddendisabilitiesstore.com)
The use of the Sunflower symbol to make non-visible disabilities visible



Mental health

BBC Headroom: BBC - Headroom - Your Mental Health Toolkit
Mental health toolkit from the BBC.

Is Psychiatry Working?: Is Psychiatry Working? - Anxiety - BBC Sounds
A podcast on why we have anxiety and how we can control it.


Mental Health Awareness Week: Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 | Mental Health Foundation
An opportunity to think about mental health, tackle stigma and find out how we can create a society that prevents mental health problems from developing.


Mental Health Foundation: Mental Health Foundation | Good mental health for all
UK’s leading charity for mental health, driving change towards a mentally healthy society for all.


Mental health interview: Evangelism & Growth Interview with Peter Sawkins, GBBO Winner 2020 - YouTube
Interview by Evangelism & Growth team with Peter Sawkins


Mind: Home - Mind
A charity providing advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.


NHS Mental health: Mental health - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Information and support for mental health from the NHS.


Small Group Mental Health Study Guide: Mental Health (inclusive-church.org)
Resources for small groups to study Mental Health, from the Inclusive Church



Stroke and Head Injury

Headway: www.headway.org.uk
National organisation for people with a head injury


The Stroke Association: www.stroke.org.uk
Provides specialist support, funds critical research and campaigns to make sure people affected by stroke get the very best care and support to rebuild their lives. 



Visual Impairment

How to welcome people with visual impairment in church: How to welcome people with sight loss into your Church | Accessibility - YouTube

Video resource published by the Methodist Church, featuring the Superintendent of the Harrow & Hillingdon circuit, Revd Dr Lynita Conradia


Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)www.rnib.org.uk
One of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people.


Torch Trust: Torch Trust | Home
A trust that aims to enable blind and partially sighted people to encounter Jesus, grow in their Christian faith and thrive in Christian community



General learning resources on Health & Disability

A Healing Homiletic: A Healing Homiletic by Kathy Black | Waterstones
Book by Kathy Black on preaching and disability


Ask Jan: A to Z of Disabilities and Accommodations (askjan.org)
Website for workplace accommodations.  From the US but carries information which could be translated into a church context.


At the Gates: At the Gates: Disability, Justice and the Churches – Naomi Lawson Jacobs
Book by Naomi Lawson Jacobs and Emily Richardson based on a decade of research into disabled people’s experience of churches


Baptists Together Disability Justice Hub: The Baptist Union of Great Britain : Disability justice
Article in the Baptist Times on the work of the Disability Justice Hub


Calling from the Edge: Calling from the Edge: Disability asks us questions that only more questions can answer by Fiona MacMillan and Samuel Wells (plough.com)
Article on the theological questions posed by disability by Fiona MacMillan, disability advocate, and Samuel Wells, professor of Christian Ethics


Can we be friends: The Baptist Union of Great Britain : Can we be friends?
Article in the Baptist Times on the factors that play a part in how we exclude or include disabled people


Churches for all: Churches for All | Enabling churches where disabled people belong
The UK network of Christian disability-engaged organisations


Creative ideas for worship with all abilities: Creative Ideas For Worship With All Abilities In association with L'Arche by Hazel Bradley, Jim Cargin - Paperback / softback - 9781786221193 (hymnsam.co.uk)
Book that draws on the experience of the L'Arche community to offer practical guidance and ideas for imaginative worship that engages people with learning and other disabilities.


Disability at Eden.co.uk: disability - Eden.co.uk
A range of books on Disability


Does Everyone Belong in God’s All: https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/news/the-connexion-magazine/does-everyone-belong-in-gods-all/
A useful and interesting article from Connexion magazine


Does this cross have disabled access?: Does This Cross Have Disabled Access?: Re-thinking Theologies of Atonement and Disability: Amazon.co.uk: McLachlan, David: 9798557809351: Books
Book by David McLachlan.  Re-thinking theologies of atonement and disability


Does this cross have disabled access? Whitley Lecture: Whitley Lecture 2021 on Vimeo
Lecture and response on the theme of re-thinking theologies of atonement and disability


Small Group Disability Study Guide: Microsoft Word - Disability (inclusive-church.org)
Resources for small groups to study Disability, from the Inclusive Church


Fearfully and wonderfully made: Fearfully and wonderfully made - YouTube
Webinar on disability and impairment


HeartEdge: HeartEdge - Catalysing Kingdom Communities
International, ecumenical movement galvanising churches to be at the heart of their communities, while being with those on the edge


Job Interview Gone Wrong: Job Interview Gone Wrong | What Not To Do - YouTube
Hidden camera video with Alex Brooker on ‘What not to do’ that exposes how awkward people are around disability


Leonard Cheshirewww.leonardcheshire.org
Supporting disabled people to live, learn and work as independently as they choose - whatever their ability


LinkedIn Learning supporting accessibility in the workplace: Inclusive workplace basics (linkedin.com)
Online training package on supporting accessibility.  Focused on the workplace but the principles can be applied in other contexts.


Listening Even Unto Rebuke: View of Listening Even Unto Rebuke | Canadian Journal of Theology, Mental Health and Disability (utoronto.ca)
Research into the lives and experiences of disabled people in Christian communities


Maybe it isn’t the disabled people who need healing: The Baptist Union of Great Britain : Not disabled people who need healing?
A modern day parable from the Baptist Times


My body is not a prayer request: My Body Is Not a Prayer Request: Disability Justice in the Church: Free Delivery at Eden.co.uk
Book by Amy Kenny on Disability Justice in the Church


Naomi Lawson Jacobs: http://naomilawsonjacobs.com/
Disability research, training and consultancy


Pam Webster webinar: Pams Complete Video Final - YouTube
Webinar on living with disability


Pam’s Perambulation: disability | Pam's Perambulation (pamsperambulation.com)
Blog by Pam Webster, covering disability and faith


Portholme Church: Inclusivity at the heart of Portholme Church (methodist.org.uk)

Blogpost on how one church is putting accessibility at the heart of what they do

Queen Elizabeth
s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF): https://qef.org.uk/
Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) is a national disability charity providing innovative services that support disabled people to increase their independence and live the life they choose


Radical Welcome course: Radical Welcome Course – Inclusive Church (inclusive-church.org)
A four session programme from Inclusive Church aimed at helping churches become a place where welcome is taken seriously


Scope: www.scope.org.uk
The disability equality charity in England and Wales. It provides practical information and emotional support, and campaigns to create a fairer society


Scope’s End the Awkward: Scope says H.I.D.E. - Scope's End the Awkward 2016 - YouTube
TV advert for Scope’s ‘End the Awkward’ campaign


Scope’s What not to do: What Not To Do... At The Hairdressers - Scope - YouTube
Video as part of Scope’s ‘End the Awkward’ campaign


Shut In, Shut Out, Shut Up: Shut In, Shut Out, Shut Up: 3.3 Ableism, Faith & Church - YouTube
Webinar from HeartEdge on ableism, faith and church


Something Worth Sharing: Something Worth Sharing WEB.pdf (inclusive-church.org)
Booklet on disability & church from St Martin-in-the-Fields and Inclusive Church


Spirit and the Politics of Disablement: Spirit and the Politics of Disablement by Sharon V. Betcher | Waterstones
Book by Sharon Betcher that analyses God’s presence in our world in the light of the insights afforded by living with disability


Talk: Talk DVD - YouTube
A video produced by the Disability Rights Commission, portraying a society in which non-disabled people are a pitied minority and disabled people live full and active lives


Testimony of a parent of a child with multiple disabilities:
Quotes from a parent of a child with severe autism and multiple disabilities


The Bible and Disability: The Bible and Disability: A Commentary (collegeofpreachers.co.uk)
A Bible commentary from a disability perspective


The Full Affirmation of Disability Justice: The Full Affirmation of Disability Justice | Sojourners
Commentary on disability justice


Those who wait: Those Who Wait : Tanya Marlow : 9781910786864 : Blackwell's (blackwells.co.uk)
Book by Tanya Marlow.  Finding God in Disappointment. Doubt and Delay


Through the Roof: Home - Through the Roof
Charity that seeks to transform lives through Jesus with disabled people.


What’s wrong with you?: “What’s wrong with you?” – Theology Everywhere
Theology everywhere article by Rachael Lowe


Why is language so important in disability and neurodiversity: https://prospect.org.uk/article/why-is-language-important-in-disability-and-neurodiversity/ 
Article on how language can reinforce or challenge stereotypes


Worship and Disability: A Kingdom for all: https://grovebooks.co.uk/products/w-235-worship-and-disability-a-kingdom-for-all
Booklet on how to make conscious plans to be inclusive to those with disabilities


YouBelong Disability Awareness Day: YouBelong Disability Awareness Day 2023 - YouTube

An online community for people living with disability and chronic illness share what the church could do to be more accessible.


Health & Disability: Suggested Reading

In the Beginning there was Darkness: In the Beginning There Was Darkness A Blind Person's Conversations with the Bible by John Hull, John M. Hull - Paperback - 9780334028215 (hymnsam.co.uk)
Book by John Hull.  A blind person’s conversations with the Bible


On the Spectrum: On the Spectrum by Daniel Jr. Bowman | Waterstones
Award-winning book on Autism, Faith and the Gifts of Neurodiversity


Radical Welcome: Free delivery worldwide on all books from Book Depository
Book by Stephanie Spellers on Embracing God, the Other, and the Spirit of Transformation


The Disabled God: The Disabled God : Nancy L. Eiesland : 9780687108015 : Blackwell's (blackwells.co.uk)
Book by Nancy Eisland on a Liberatory Theology of Disability


The Tactile Heart: The Tactile Heart by John M. Hull | Waterstones
Book by John Hull.  Blindness and Faith


The View from Rock Bottom: The View From Rock Bottom — Stephanie Tait (stephanietaitwrites.com)
Book by Stephanie Tait on discovering God’s embrace while living with chronic pain


Unmasked:The Ultimate Guide to ADHD, Autism and Neurodivergence: Middleton, Ellie: 9780241651988: Books
Book by Ellie Middleton to share understanding of ADHD, Autism and Neurodivergence.