Accessibility and inclusion


Access for people with disabilities
Chaplaincy Among Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
It’s our Duty and our Joy (The Disability Discrimination Act: some basic considerations)

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We serve the Deaf Community and people who are deaf but not part of the Deaf Community, as well as hard of hearing people.

Worship, Occasional Offices, Pastoral Care and Study

Services of worship in Sign Language (BSL) each month (except in August). Services are usually held on the third Sunday of each month at 3.15pm. The venue varies so please contact the Revd Steve Morris for details. We try to arrange transport to services where possible.

You may request that baptisms, weddings and funerals are conducted also in Sign Language. Pastoral care and advice is available to deaf and hard of hearing people. Bible Study sessions for deaf people are also provided by Steve.

Revd Steve MorrisChaplain among Deaf & Hard of Hearing People

Revd Steve Morris

Advice on access for Deaf & hard of hearing people

Advice on offer:

  • meeting on-site at your church to discuss access for people with hearing loss
  • demonstrating a basic sound system and loop system to show how everyone benefits, not only people with a hearing loss
  • basic testing of loop systems when people suspect that they may not be working as well as they should
  • providing a simple but effective DIY access audit and showing how a portfolio of identifiable access issues can be recorded.

Steve can also address congregations at Sunday services and give talks to PCCs, Chapter and Synod meetings as well as mid-week groups.

The aim is to encourage all churches to seek good access to enable their mission and care to all people.

Website and social media content

We aim to ensure that all of our digital resources are informative and entertaining to use as well as being accessible. Where we’ve missed a trick or could do a better job – please contact the diocesan office and let us know!

Accessibility depends on how a person’s disability affects the way they perceive information on a web page. To keep our sites up with developments in digital comms, we test regularly via the W3C-recommended Webaim tools, as well as participating in UX/UI workshops around the South West. Though not all content on this website is CC-licensed, we do share back and are actively involved in various development communities including Accessible Bristol, regional UX devs, the WordPress dev community & WCLDN, W3C networks and stack overflow.

We always work to improve ‘Alt tagging’ on imagery on our websites, and test systems to try and keep them as open as possible. When we create a video, we add subtitles wherever possible; please do request specific subtitling if it isn’t yet available.

Printed content

We often use PDF format as font sizes can be manipulated by the user to aid legibility. Where mailings are hardcopy printed, we offer large-print versions and digital copies to aid accessibility wherever possible. Please contact the diocesan office to request specific content.

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