UCP is no longer operating these programs,
but the resource information below is still useful.
Life in Focus
People with disabilities learned to use cameras to share their stories in words and pictures. They took pictures to represent issues and experiences in their daily lives. They discussed their photos and stories in a group. They used their stories to help policy makers and communities see life through the eyes of people with disabilities.
This project was completed in 2009. You can still use the resources to conduct your own Life in Focus project. Project results and training materials are available on the following websites:
Project Overview and Results: http://lifeinfocus-ucp.blogspot.com/
Life in Focus Training Materials: https://sites.google.com/site/lifeinfocusgroups/home/materials
Access to Faith Communities
People with disabilities want to be part of their communities. They want meaningful activities and social networks. They want to belong to community groups. But it isn’t always easy to get access to community life.
The Access to Faith Communities project helped people with disabilities connect to synagogues, churches and mosques, which are an important part of life for many people. Some reasons people attend are spiritual; for worship, faith and to find and purpose for their life. People with disabilities want to join a faith community for these same reasons. But there are barriers that can make it difficult.
The project held a series of workshops in 2011. Together, the group heard participants’ stories, struggles, and successes in inclusion and finding meaningful roles for people with disabilities in faith communities. They explored disability culture and the disability rights movement; learned about ableism and exclusion, and how those are often experienced in faith communities. They shared tools and practical ways to promote inclusion, access and participation. The group explored interpretations of disability in theology, sacred texts and congregation practices; and developed strategies for working together after the workshops to promote inclusion.
You can find information about the project and some of the resources materials at: