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Is Your Church Disability Friendly?

Charlie Chivers explains how churches can reach America’s overlooked disabled population

George P Wood on January 21, 2019


The Americans with Disability Act defines a disability as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.” How many Americans suffer from a disability? Estimates range from 13 percent of the U.S. populace to 20 percent. That’s between 40 and 60 million persons.

In Episode 165 of the Influence Podcast, Influence magazine’s executive editor, George P. Wood, talks to Charlie Chivers about how to make your church disability friendly.

Chivers is founder and CEO of Special Touch Ministry, a non-profit faith-based organization, committed to serving people with intellectual or physical disabilities, their families and caregivers. Special Touch is interdenominational in scope, but Chivers is an ordained Assemblies of God minister and a missionary with AG U.S. Missions.

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