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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:
 
South Bend

  • Christ the King
  • St. Jude
  • St. Therese, Little Flower 


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