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This Sunday, you’ll hear members Stephanie Ballard, Jenny Zappala, and Maria Zuccarello talk about Spoon Theory and how it describes the daily struggles of people living with disabilities- that’s one in four Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control. 

Being a congregation that is welcoming and accessible to those with disabilities is a priority for Neighborhood Church and a direct application of the First Principle: the belief in the inherent worth and dignity of each person. Accessibility takes many forms at Neighborhood, including large print hymnals and audio versions of sermons online, but we are working to do much more and fortunately have a great resource in the Unitarian Universalist Association to guide us! 

The UUA’s Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry (AIM) is a certification program that works with congregations to meet the needs of those with disabilities. It offers an alternative to disabled people who have traditionally shouldered the heavy burden of self-advocacy and educates the able-bodied in empathy and activism.

We’re hoping to start the certification process by putting together an AIM Committee to identify and assess the accessibility successes and needs of the congregation. If you’re interested in being a part of the process, please reach out to Membership and Community Coordinator, ZaNyaa Lee.

You can also join Neighborhood Church’s AIM Facebook page by clicking here and learn about issues of accessibility and inclusion in our own beloved community.

You’ll hear much more on Sunday about AIM and what you can do to be an ally for those dealing with disabilities. In the meantime, please check out these online resources! Click on the bold links to check out the websites.

 

Community Resources for Disability Education and Engagement

 


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