The mission of AAPD’s Interfaith Initiative is to bring the powerful and prophetic voice of the faith community to the 21st Century disability agenda. That work is done through the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC) which has 25 members from the Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Hindu traditions.
During October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month, IDAC is asking religious organizations (congregations, seminaries, denominations or faith groups) to commit to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and to sign on to the Statement of Solidarity by the Religious Community around Employment of People with Disabilities.
The Statement of Solidarity and the Sign On Form can be found at the link below. Names of religious organizations which are already signed on are listed by state.
This is a simple but significant action which any congregation or faith group can take. Americans of many faiths believe that work brings dignity, self respect and responsibility and that the lack of work is demoralizing, socially isolating and wasteful of a person’s abilities. Religious organizations listed on the Statement of Solidarity pledge to promote the full employment of people with disabilities.
Please read the Statement and return the Form during National Disability Employment Awareness Month – October 2011.
With great thanks.
Ginny Thornburgh, Director, AAPD Interfaith Initiative and IDAC Convener