Churches challenged over facilities for the disabled

Churches in Britain are organising celebrations and activities in the runup to the London Paralympic Games, which take place after the Olympics, but critics are also wondering whether churches will be inspired to improve their own facilities for the disabled, reports Ecumenical News International. The Paralympics — sports competitions for athletes with a range of disabilities — will take place from August 29 to September 9, two weeks following the Olympics. “There is a sharp contrast between the facilities provided for this … event and those available in most churches … We are told that there between 10 and 18 per cent of people are disabled  but we don’t see that number in our congregations,” said Tim Wood, CEO of Through the Roof, an ecumenical charity which campaigns for the inclusion of disabled people in faith communities.

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