Is your parish user-friendly for parishioners with disabilities?
This hope is that all of us become more aware of the special needs our of our parishioners with disabilities, to ensure they feel and experience welcome and inclusion when the parish comes together to celebrate the redeeming love of Christ in our midst. For this we need to pay attention to: accessibility, inclusion and participation, communication/language and catechesis.
Accessibility will require, where this is not already the case, changes in access to the church and other buildings for those parishioners with mobility aids, such as walking aids and wheel-chairs.
Some suggestions for improved accessibility are:
- A ramp or level access for people with wheelchairs;
- Doors that are easy to open;
- Aisles that are wide enough for movement, particularly for a wheelchair;
- Accessibility to the sanctuary area when they minister or participate in an activity there;
- Suitable toilet facilities
- Assigned car-parking spaces