EqUUal Access at General Assembly

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Come by our booth in the Exhibit Hall to find out about the advocacy and education work of EqUUal Access, to learn about the Accessibility & Inclusion Ministry (AIM) Program, and to share your story.  We’ve got ribbons & buttons & good conversation.  Learn about hearing loops and get a demonstration (did you know all of Plenary Hall is looped this year thanks to EA member Warren Brown!)  Many thanks to all the volunteers from EqUUal Access and the AIM congregations who make our booth outreach possible!

EqUUal Access Celebration

Thursday 1:30-2:30pm  Room C113 in the Convention Center

We recognize our 2016 sermon contest winner, the first ever AIM certified congregation, and other leaders in the disability rights movement. This is a private event, so you won’t find it listed in your program book or the app schedule, but all are welcome.

AIM Workshop

Bringing Accessibility & Inclusion Ministry to Your Congregation

Friday 3:00-4:15pm   Room C223-225 in the Convention Center

Want to know what all the buzz is about concerning the AIM program? Join us Friday at GA to hear from AIM congregations and learn more about this vital Social Justice ministry.

Eli Clare Workshop

At the Intersection of Queerness & Disability

Saturday 4:45-6:00pm  Room E160 in the Convention Center

What are the connections among ableism, homophobia, and transphobia? How do issues around queer disability identities fit into a broader intersectional social justice framework.  Co-sponsored by EqUUal Access, TRUUsT, & UUA Multicultural Ministries.


#BoycottWendy’s GA rally Wednesday: Accessible Transportation

“UUSC & UUA endorse Wendy’s boycott led by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers”

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) has collected over 10,000 signatures urging Wendy’s to sign the Fair Food Pledge, which will be delivered to Wendy’s headquarters during General Assembly.  In support of that, there will be a rally on Wednesday, June 22 at 1pm.

The UUSC has chartered a wheelchair/scooter accessible bus for the rally!  Here’s the link to sign up.  (Please, note that form is similar to the one for the GA Public Witness event on Thursday evening).  Buses should be loading by 12:30pm.  A return trip in time for the Berry Street Lecture is anticipated.

The UUSC and the UUA have endorsed the Wendy’s Boycott led by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.  Wendy’s is the last fast food chain refusing to join the Fair Food Program, which brings human rights protections in the fields and an additional penny per pound to farm workers.  This rally is an opportunity for solidarity in this important work.

GA Public Witness Accessibility — Act Now

“State of Emergence: Faith Filled People Rally for Racial Justice”

Unlike recent years, there will not be a procession to the Public Witness Event at General Assembly this year.  Instead, everyone is being asked to make their way to the Ohio State Capitol, about a mile from the convention center, where the event will be held.

Speakers at this rally will include Rev. Dr. William Barber II, Alicia Garza, UUA President Peter Morales and more!

Click here for the event’s FAQs including extensive information about transportation options

All regular route public transit buses are wheelchair/scooter accessible. Each bus can accommodate 2 chairs or scooters.

Some alternatives to Regular route buses need to be arranged in advance:

*Paratransit: If you have a disability related reduced fare ID card for your local public transit, you can arrange to use it for this event, but you must do so in advance.  You can reserve transportation to the Public Witness event with COTA Mobility Services but you must make these arrangements by June 17!  Call 614-275-5833 to make these arrangements.

*Charter Buses:  There are a limited number of spaces on chartered buses for people using wheelchairs or scooters (with some seating for your friends as well).  Places are limited, so sign up as soon as you canClick here for a direct link to the charter bus signup form

For fuller descriptions of all the transportation options and more, see the State of Emergence FAQs.