While fifteen percent of the global population is disabled,
religious communities and spaces around the world are replete with
ableist barriers of all kinds, whether it’s a meditative pose that
excludes certain bodies, a synagogue’s bimah only accessible by
stairs or a Christian hymn that equates blindness with sin. Despite
these setbacks, disabled leaders and allies have been advancing
accessibility in their theology, worship practices and physical
spaces. For many, accessibility isn’t just a matter of morality —
it’s a spiritual duty.
Religion News Service reported on how disabled and neurodivergent
leaders across faith traditions are upending ableist assumptions and
changing the religious landscape to be more hospitable to all.