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Why Be Accessible?

Way to Make Your Parish Accessible

Accessibility Resources

Accessibility Survey

Awareness Poster

Who Are People with Disabilities?

Relating to People with Disabilities

Accessible Congregations

Worship Service Books

Ushers: Ministers of Hospitality


Information for Congregations

We strongly encourage you to check out the various listings in this Information for Congregations section. First is Why Your Congregation Needs to be Accessible to People with Disabilities. Also important is material on Ways to Make Your Parish Accessible, featuring Three Basic Ways to Become Accessible and More Than 50 Ways to Make your Parish Accessible With Little or No Cost, which describes dozens of easy steps to accessibility. Various accessibility resources are listed, including a review of all aspects of accessibility by the Religion and Disability Program of the National Organization on Disability. The accessibility survey and questionnaire can help you assess how accessible your congregation really is.

Disability Awareness would like to give your congregation a disability awareness poster, which is described further in Awareness Poster. This is followed by the sections on Who Are People With Disabilities? and Relating to People with Disabilities. Relating to People with Disabilities features a list of various books and pamphlets that provide helpful information, including The Ten Commandments of Communicating with People with Disabilities, Disability Thoughts and The Courtesy Rules of Blindness. Also included is a description of the Accessible Congregation Campaign of the Religion and Disability Program of the National Organization on Disability. How to acquire Large-Print worship books is also described. Because first impressions of a church are so important for the person with a disability, we have also included a section about Ushers: Ministers of Hospitality.

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