Cristina Gangemi

Cristina Gangemi holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Theology and Lay ministry, with a special focus on Disability. She is Director of The Kairos Forum, which focuses on enabling communities to be places of belonging for people with a disability. She has had extensive experience in Special Education, the training of specialised Lay ministers and parent support and is currently working with Livability and other charities. Cristina has recently worked with the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Pontifical Council for New Evangelisation and Catechesis on issues regarding disability. During the 2012 Games she was a spokesperson for the Christian community and is a national adviser to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. At present Cristina works with Livability as the coordinator of the Livability Community Network and consultant. She is a published author of resources designed to enable belonging for people who have been disabled,  with her most recent publication, Because I Am, being amongst the first, faith based, resources for parents and parishes following a pre birth diagnosis of possible disability. Cristina is currently undertaking doctoral studies into disability, empathy and the wisdom of Edith Stein.