Seminar 2018

Opening your Doors PoWR 2018 Pre-Event

Including People with Disabilities in Your Faith Community

“Opening your Doors” an official Pathways to Parliament of World Religions 2018 Pre-Parliament Event at OCAD University.

An accessible, multi-faith seminar for people with disabilities and their family members, clergy, self-advocates, and volunteers who are dedicated to creating inclusive faith communities.

Seminar Features:

Speakers from multiple faiths, Inclusion Training, Workshops, Exhibitors, Lunch and Refreshments, PoWR 2018 preview

Workshops and Panels:

  • Accessible Ministry Certification
  • Children with disabilities and their families
  • Accessibility Cloud
  • Accessible Places of Worship
  • Inclusion Initiatives
  • Understanding Accessibility & Inclusion
  • Building Relationships with People with Disabilities

This seminar will help all participants learn how to encourage and enable people with disabilities and their families to participate in all aspects of ministry and outreach. Faith communities are one of the most important social and religious connections in the lives of many people with disabilities. Our Doors Are Open invites you to build together communities of worship that are accessible for all.

Program Schedule:

  •   9:30 AM – 10:00 AM     Refreshments & Registration
  • 10:00 AM – 10:15  AM    Welcome and Introductions. Remarks: Alfred Spencer  Director | Accessibility Outreach, Education and Referral Branch 
  • 10:15 AM – 10:45  AM     Keynote Speaker: Thomas Reynolds. Emmanuel College. University of Toronto
  • 10:45 AM – 11:00 AM      Break
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM      Panel: Welcoming New People with Disabilities
  • 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM     Lunch
  • 13:00 PM – 14:00 PM     Breakout Sessions (Rooms at 100 McCaul TBA)
  • 14:00 PM – 14:15 PM      Refreshment Break
  • 14:15 PM – 15:15 PM      Plenary: Guide to Accessible Congregations Train the Trainer workshop
  • 15:15 PM – 15:45 PM      Plenary: Develop Accessible Communications in your Community Outreach
  • 15:45 PM – 16:15 PM      Keynote & closing remarks. Parliament of World Religions Delegate.

Panel: Welcome New People with Disabilities

  • Moderator: TBA
  • Panelist:
    • Jeffrey Jefford, Christian Horizons
    • Sukaina Dada, founder of Smile
    • Luke Anderson, Executive Director of StopGap
    • Dr. Sambhavi Chandrashekar, Advisory Committee Member, Our Doors Are Open

Breakout Sessions

  • Inclusive Thinking & Building Relationships with PWD: Teresa Lee (Our Doors are Open Advisory Committee) and Tamyka Bullen (Our Doors are Open Workshop Contributor)
  • Opportunities and learning with people with intellectual disabilities and their families: Keith Dow (Christian Horizons)
  • Making Buildings and Facilities Accessible: David Pereyra (IDRC)

Plenary Training

  • Our Doors Are Open Workshop & Train-the-Trainers: Train your own trainers to have experts in accessibility in your church
    • Our Doors Are Open Workshop: Fully involve members with disabilities in your community activities: Vera Roberts (IDRC)
    • Communications: Develop accessible communication in your community outreach: Lisa Liskovoi (IDRC)

This Free Event Includes:

  • Guide for Accessible Congregations
  • Flash drive with workshop presentation to share with your community
  • Inclusion on the Our Doors are Open web site as participating communities
  • Digital resources
  • Accessibility check list
  • Inclusion of your Congregation in Accessibility Cloud
  • Lunch and Refreshments

If you want more information about it send us an email to:

Logo: Christian HorizonsITANU: Toronto Jewish Inclusion InitiativeSMILE is an organization on a mission to provide support and develop awareness of the limitations faced by children living with disabilities in the Muslim Community.StopGap Foundation2018 Parliament of the World's Religions. Toronto. November 01-07Our Doors Are Open: Welcoming People with Disabilities in Places of Worship