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Needs of People with Disabilities are Considered When Planning Parish Events
Whether your parish is planning a renovation or planning the next event, invite people with various types of disabilities or family members to participate.
Questions to consider:
- Ask people to share experiences that may be creating barriers for people with disabilities and for their families
- Make lists of accessibility issues encountered by someone with physical or sensory disabilities who is trying to enter the church or parish buildings including restrooms, meeting rooms, gathering spaces, etc.
- Consider policies and practices which could be viewed as discouraging to someone with a disability during Mass and other parish activities (are adults or children with a disability provided religious education and sacramental prep?)
- Divide and list barriers by type (physical accessibility, liturgical participation, access to the Sacraments)
- Ask if people want to work on a particular area to resolve the issue
- Are there simple accommodations that can be made without any cost?
- Does providing the accommodation require training (ex. catechists)
- Are there parishioners that are skilled in an area who would be willing to help?
- Strategize about fundraising
- Are there service groups that would be willing to sponsor a needed project or program?
- Would parishioners, who have access to materials needed, provide them at cost or no cost at all?
- Could your parish hold an event to raise funds for a specific accommodation?
- Could families contribute money in honor or in memory of a family member?
Parishes that consider the needs of people with disabilities when planning parish events:
- Christ the King
- St. Jude
- St. Therese, Little Flower