Here’s an idea (or two!) from Myles and Cath Pilling in Melksham:
A simple idea but sometimes get forgotten. Use a roving mike in the following ways . For gaining participation in a large group meeting it’s a good idea to use a roving mike if you have one or a very long mike lead to get around your group and share news, prayers, etc . We have found this one of the most powerful, single tool in reaching out to people. When singing worship songs, spot the person who is singing ethusiastically and allow them to share the mike with you. With those who are non-verbal and/or wheelchair users you can also encourage engagement by letting them hear their own voice and sounds.
CD Loan Bank
Ever thought of asking your church family if they have any unwanted CDs of Christian music? Many people these days use mp3 and online streaming as well as subscriptions to Amazon, or they use an Amazon Echo. This means that there are loads of redundant CDs just waiting to be used.
Christian music is a way of sharing the gospel and worshipping God. While many people with learning disabilities have CD players this could be a useful way to encourage them in their faith. A loan bank of CDs, each labelled with their title and a sticker to identify you (the group or church) as the owner will enable people to borrow CDs on a regular basis, At the monthly Shine group in Melksham we have a table where CDs can be exchanged each time. It’s popular, free and easy to do. We have found members in our congregation only too happy to supply unwanted CD’s as they use other formats now.
Fonts & Symbols
We want to share with you ideas that will help you reach out to people with learning disabilities.
To begin with, having a simple font can help reading. Fonts with rounded letters for a, g etc, such as you would write and not type, can help. Take a look at Century Gothic or Tw Cen MT. Comic Sans fulfills that criteria but is viewed by many as childish. Count Everyone In likes ……
Point size 12 and larger is preferable and it helps to have lines well spaced apart.
When preparing Powerpoint or similar presentations to be projected don’t try to squeeze too many words onto a page/slide. Be sure to have a plain background as it helps those with limited reading skills or poor eyesight. Don’t be persuaded that it looks more attractive to have pictures in the background, especially moving ones! Some colour combinations work better for some people than others but generally yellow letters on a blue background or white on black are good but ask people what is best for them. That is always a good idea!
Count everyone in likes a font called Muli – which is a free download and can be added into your pc under the windows folder and system32 folder and then Fonts. You can download Muli from here
Our friends at Fenland Community Church in March, Cambridgeshire have provided simple instructions on uploading fonts so please take a look. It is good to have people who can explain simply what the rest of us find so complicated! Go to https://www.fcc.uk.net/resources/fonts
If you are a non-text user then you can use symbols of which WidgitOnline provides a way for you to write symbol resource. This is a subscription based software. For a free trial go to WidgitOnline
Watch out for future “ideas” that can help you help people with learning disabilities