Disability Awareness Sunday

HOPE Disability Awareness Sunday 20th June, 2021


We find hope when we belong to a church community that enables us to participate and fosters meaningful friendships.

Our congregation finds hope when everyone is fully participating in the work of Christ and their gifts are celebrated. 

Disability Awareness Sunday is coming up on 20 June 2021! This year’s theme is hope! 


In New Zealand, Disability Awareness Sunday (DAS) is observed on the third Sunday in June.

It is an opportunity to be intentional about disability awareness but it’s not just about raising awareness. It’s also about celebrating and encouraging people with disabilities in their gifts and ministries.

Often people haven’t had the opportunity to get to know a person living with a disability so it can be difficult to understand or be aware of what life with a disability can be like. We find that the best way to gain a better understanding is to hear from people with disabilities themselves! Is there someone in your church who has a disability that would be willing to speak in church? If not there are some amazing speakers we could recommend. Sometimes it’s not always practical to have a visiting speaker or you might live in an area where someone isn’t available. That’s why we are creating a collection of stories on film, so you can download and play these in your church, small group, youth group, kids programme, or wherever!

Below are some resources we are pleased to have freely available for you to use.

Jacqui is sitting and smiling with her guide dog in front of her houseOur Stories 

We have a collection of professionally filmed videos of people’s lives and lived experiences of disability. Many of these stories highlight the importance of hope. These are available for you to show and share.

Click here to view them


Outline of a person sitting in a wheelchair at a church pulpit with the words Disability Awareness Sunday underneath

Disability Awareness Service Ideas

Needing some ideas for how your church can observe Disability Awareness Sunday? 

We created this booklet with a variety of suggestions and examples of what you could do on Disability Awareness Sunday.

Click here to view it online or download it


DAS 2021 Images

We have created a variety of images and backgrounds for you to use to promote Disability Awareness Sunday.

Images coming soon! 


Links to other resources 

Joni and Friends TV Episodes Online

Irresistible Church

NZCN Note on Disability and the Church


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