Introduction to the Bishops' Advisor for Disability and Inclusion Issues
Posted by Revd Katie Tupling on 4th April 2017
Last August (2016) I was appointed as the Bishops' Advisor for Disability and Inclusion Issues. Much has happened (personally and within the Diocese) since then, and it is only now that I am able to start working on this role. So, a little about me, a little about the role, and a little about how we work together.
I am Revd Katie Tupling, Vicar of Dore and Priest-in-Charge of Totley. I was ordained in Derby Cathedral 2003, and came to Sheffield in 2013. My husband Chris is a Primary School Teacher (currently on a phased return to work whilst on dialysis for Renal failure) and we have a son at Dore Primary School. My background pre-ordination is in youth, families and children's work (in Birmingham).
I was born with Cerebral Palsy - diagnosed when I was 2 years old - and have walked with elbow crutches since 1992. I have served on General Synod (2005 - 2010), Archbishops' Council Committee for Ministry of and among Deaf and disabled people (2006 - 2010), Disability Task Group for the Church of England's National Disability Advisor (2014-2016) and am a founding member of 'Disability and Jesus' (began in 2014).
The Bishops' Advisor role can be summarised under 4 headings:
- To provide practical information, links and resources for clergy and laity in parishes on disability and inclusion in the Church
- To help formulate diocesan policies and procedures for parishes and churches on disability and inclusion issues
- To raise awareness and engagement on disability and inclusion
- To convene a Disability and Inclusion Issues Working Group
I would very much like to hear from Churches and Mission Partnerships who already have Disability Policies in place, and how well they might be working.
In order to convene a Working Group I am interested in talking to people who might want to be part of it.
It would help me to know what kind of resources you might want, and in what format - ie websites, printed information, video links, a personal visit etc...
I look forward to hearing from you - remember this is a voluntary post, and I need to get the right blend of Role and Parish responsibilities!
Revd Katie Tupling