Inclusive Church is excited to announce that the 8th annual conference on Disability and Church, a partnership between Inclusive Church and St Martin-in-the-Fields, will take place on Saturday the 12th October, with additional events also planned for Sunday the 13th.
This is the first time the conference has specifically focused on neurodivergence, which is the idea that there are natural variations in the way people think and process information. These include autism, ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia, and Tourette’s- each a particular combination of needs and gifts. We’ll be exploring our understanding of God and sharing experience of discovery, discrimination and discernment.
Speakers include Bingo Allison, Dan Barnes-Davies, Sue Hartley, Phillip Hickman, Naomi Jacobs, Ann Memmott, Rachel Noel, Krysia Waldock, WAVE and Sam Wells.
Through plenary talks, in workshops and in small groups, with a silent space and a marketplace, we gather to resource each other and the church. Organised by and for neurodivergent people, supporters and those with an interest in the issues and ideas.
We prioritise the voices of neurodivergent people at this conference as they are rarely heard in church contexts. This is in keeping with the conference tradition to focus on the lived experience of disabled people themselves. Parents, carers, supporters and others with an interest are also welcome.