Forum 5.1 - Modifications and Accommodations
Modifications and Accommodations
1. Our ramp enters in the fellowship hall, and the path to the sanctuary is short.
2. A member who uses a cane recently requested that we purchase adhesive strips for the ramp. We have done so.
3. In the sanctuary, there are plenty of open areas for people who sit in wheelchairs.
4. We have large print hymnals available, which several attendees use.
5. The church is well-lighted.
6. The pews are comfortably cushioned.
7. We try to make sure the sound system is loud enough for everyone to hear speech and music.
8. We try to be responsive to requests.
Improvements possibly needed:
1. A pew is naturally confining, especially for those sitting in the middle, and I can see how a person who needed to get up during a service might feel a difficulty. There are several chairs in the back of the church, and I've noticed they've been used by people who would need to leave mid-service. Maybe we could add more.
2. We worship from hymnals and from the bulletin and haven't yet provided visual aid at the front of the church. I do post the readings in the weekly newsletter, and we have large print bibles at the pews, but it might help to have these largely printed at the front.
3. We do not provide braille or raised lettering.
4. We haven't offered devices that assist hearing.
5. I haven't made the sermon available yet before I delivered it. I wouldn't be averse, but hadn't considered the need.
I like that someone felt comfortable enough to make a request concerning the ramp adhesive. Since all congregations have some degree of budget restraints, the ability to have open communication is so important when making decisions concerning needs of the congregations. If people are too scared to come forward, or feel that it wouldn't make a difference anyway, then that's an area for improvement in itself, even before anything physical is done.
Looking at the ramp our church, has made me realize that we should consider putting non-skid strips on it. We don't have large print hymnals, we don't use electronic anything. (That's they way "the church" wants it. ) All of suggestions that screen, and video usage has been met with great resistance. Microphones have not been used because the church sanctuary is so small and has not been needed.