Accessibility Guidelines Document for UU Congregations
EqUUal Access has created accessibility policy guidelines addressing the inclusion of all people (whatever their ability may be) in activities and physical accessibility to facilities of the Unitarian Universalist Association and its member congregations.
It is the goal of this document that our religious institutions, the UUA and every Unitarian Universalist congregation become not only fully accessible under the law, but take the next step to truly welcome people with disabilities, and integrate people with disabilities into every facet of UU religious life.
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Mental Health Reflection Paper
This is a paper written by EqUUal Access at the invitation of the office of Rev. Peter Morales. It is a summary of why religious communities are important for people with mental health difficulties and their families, and a set of recommendations on how to improve the situation in our UU movement.
Mental Health Reflection Paper
Resources that encompass a wide spectrum of information and concerns for disability communities include the American Association of People with Disabilities, (click here for American Association of People with Disabilities); and Disability Scoop, (click here for Disability Scoop ).
Other resources can include organizations specific to concerns for mobility, visibility, hearing, mental health, chemical and / or sensory challenges and learning and developmental disabilities.
UU Accessibility Resources
Accessibility Resources from the UUA Website
- Click here for Accessibility Information for Unitarian Universalist Churches by Charlotte Hawkins Shepard Ph.D. and Rev. Dr. Devorah Greenstein, 2010. (78 pages PDF file) This comprehensive accessibility resource for congregations, developed in partnership with the United Methodist Church, provides: introduction and information about specific disabilities and etiquette; an accessibility audit of a church’s building, grounds, etc. based on ADA guidelines; agencies organizations, manufacturers, and print / online resources regarding accessibility; and a glossary.
- UUA Accessibility Resources a resource compilation of 'Top Picks for Disability and Accessibility', including an introduction called Disability 101.
- Worship Resources for Accessibility including links to orders of service, poems, readings, responsive readings, sermons, and stories.
- Accessibility Protocols for the UUA Boston Campus prepared by EqUUal Access, to facilitate access to the UUA Boston Campus facility and participation in programs offered there, to ensure individuals with disabilities can navigate the campus and participate in meetings and program offerings.
UU Mental Health Ministry
This is a ministry focusing on mental health issues run by UU Community Minister The Rev. Barbara F. Meyers.
Click here for UU Mental Health Ministry.
- The Caring Congregation Program is a congregational program of seven workshops focused on welcoming and supporting people with mental disorders and their families into our congregations. An eighth workshop trains leaders to be teachers of the curriculum. The Caring Congregation Handbook and Training Manual, Barbara Meyers, Will To Print Press, 2005. Click here for the Caring Congregation Curriculum
- Mental Health Information for Ministers a document written for ministers to help in their interactions with parishioners with mental health challenges..
Hearing Loss Resources
Click here for Hearing Loss Resources assembled by the EqUUal Access Hearing Loss Caucus.
Visual Impairment Resources
An audio recording of the UU World magazine is available on the UUA Website at:
Audio UU World .
National and Community Accessibility Resources
Disabled Community.org a clearinghouse of disability resources and information designed to help improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, their friends, caregivers, and social service agencies.
Click here for DisabledCommunity.Org.
Government Disability Information gives on-line access to comprehensive information about disability programs, services, laws and benefits provided by the government. Click here for www.disability.gov/.
Independent Living Centers are typically non-residential, private, non-profit, consumer-controlled, community-based organizations providing services and advocacy by and for persons with all types of disabilities. Their goal is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential within their families and communities. Many states and localities have their own Independent Living Centers. Usually these nonprofit, locally based organizations provide onsite evaluations including accessibility audits and educational/awareness workshops free of charge. A national web site has a database that can help you locate local centers.
Click here Independent Living Centers.
National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is a Washington D.C.-based non-profit advocacy and legislation organization that advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. NCIL’s focus is national in scope, and cross-disability by policy.
Click here for NCIL.
National Organization on Disability (NOD) The mission of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) is to expand the participation and contribution of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.
Click here to open a new window for National Organization on Disability.
Congregational Accessibility Network (CAN) CAN has an international interfaith mission to encourage congregations of all faiths to include persons with disabilities. CAN provides congregations with practical tools and guidance for becoming a place known for its welcome and hospitality. It's on-line tools can be used by a congregation of any faith group.
Click here to open a new window for Congregational Accessibility Network>.
Disability Consumer Guides
Major Organizations for Disabilities
Chemical and other Environmental Challenges
The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) - Indoor Environment Quality Project examined building design and construction issues that affect the indoor environment, and developed an action plan that can be used to reduce the level of chemicals and electromagnetic fields in the built environment, to improve indoor environmental quality for people with chemical and environmental sensitivity.
Click here for Indoor Environmental Quality Report
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Click here for the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
Click here for The Arc.
The Autism Society seeks to improve the lives of all affected by autism by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy.
Click here for the Autism Society.
The National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS) works to ensure that all persons with Down syndrome have the opportunity to achieve their potential in all aspects of community life. We offer information, support, and advocacy.
Click here for the National Association for Down Syndrome.
The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) seeks to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities.
Click here for National Down Syndrome Society
United Cerebral Palsy educates, advocates, and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities.
Click here for United Cerebral Palsy.
The Epilepsy Foundation of America works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; to improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted, and valued in society; and to promote research for a cure.
Click here for the Epilepsy Foundation of America.
The Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) is the leading consumer organization representing people who become Deaf, generally in their teens or older.
Click here to open a new window for Deaf Linx.
Hearing Loss Association of America, the leading consumer organization representing people with hearing loss.
Click here to open a new window for Hearing Loss Association of America.
The National Association of the Deaf, is the leading consumer organization representing people who are Deaf
Click here for the National Association of the Deaf.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness .
(NAMI) is the major mental health advocacy organization in the United States. NAMI's In Our Own Voice program is a speaker's bureau with speakers who have mental health difficulties.
Click here for www.nami.org.
Mental Health Matters These are public access TV shows produced by The Rev. Barbara F. Meyers. They can be downloaded and watched from the MPUUC.org website.
Click here for Mental Health Matters.
American Heart Association has a mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Click here for the American Heart Associaion
Mobility International, USA, Empowering people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and development.
Click here to open a new window for Mobility International, USA.
Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency working to defeat muscular dystrophy and related diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.
Click here for the Muscular Dystrophy Association
Multiple Sclerosis Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.
Click here for the Multiple Schlerosis Society
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a wide variety of health care services to veterans who have served on active duty in the US armed forces and their dependents.
Click here for information about Health Care within the Department of Veterans Affairs
The major national level consumer organizations of the blind are listed below:
American Council of the Blind
Click here for American Council of the Blind .
The American Foundation for the Blind.
Click here for the American Foundation for the Blind.
National Federation for the Blind
Click here for National Federation for the Blind.