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
- Asian & Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California: Giving a voice and face to Asian and Pacific Islanders with disabilities
- The Body Is Not an Apology: organization for radical self-love and body empowerment. Also a book by Sonya Renee Taylor
- Crip the Vote: nonpartisan online movement for policies and practices important to the disability community
- Disability Incarcerated: essays on how racialized and disabled bodies are policed, with a disproportionate number confined in institutions or prisons
- Disability Pride Parade, Sunday, October 6, 2019, East Los Angeles Civic Center
- Disability Visibility Project: an online community for disability media and culture
- Earthquake Country Alliance, Resources for People with Disabilities
- Fiesta Educativa: empowering Latino families on how to obtain services for disabilities
- The HEAR Center: A non-profit hearing and speech clinic
- In2Vision: Helps individuals with developmental disabilities obtain employment, work experience through volunteerism or start their own business
- Inclusion Films: teaches filmmaking to children and adults with developmental disabilities
- Los Angeles Spoonie Collective: a group of disabled, neuro-divergent, and chronically ill LGBTQIA people in the LA area
- Nap Ministry: Rest as Resistance
- Service Center for Independent Life: empowering people to live an independent life
- Sins Invalid: disability justice based performance project
- Spoon Theory: Christine Miserandino’s analogy of how it is to live with sickness or disability
- Tierra Del Sol Foundation: empowering people with developmental disabilities through workforce development, college to career and career in the arts. Also, bilingual Spanish/English services