Forum 6.1 - Church Accessibility
1. The kitchen is small with a large central island, and the stove and counters would not be accessible to a person sitting.
2. We do not have a paved parking lot, but rather parking happens on a lawn. Though we have reserved parking, the visitors have to cross grass.
3. Most of the sanctuary seating is in pews.
4. Besides sound amplification through a system, we don't have great accommodations for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
5. We don't offer braille or raised lettering.
6. The water fountain might be high for certain people sitting.
7. The doors have to be opened by hand.
Easiest issues to address
1. We will soon add stripping to the ramp.
2. We could set up more chairs in the sanctuary.
1. Survey the congregation's needs.
2. Add stripping to the ramp. (action item)
3. Designate an usher to specialize in accessibility.
I just thought of something when you mentioned the water fountain might be too high. Some of the materials we read for this section mentioned providing a paper cup dispenser next to the water fountains, but now that I think about it, I have never seen a cup dispenser next to any water fountain. Not that it's a bad idea, but I've just never seen it!
Your comment about the doors made me think about ours - we can prop the doors open, but they are not always stable for someone to lean on as they enter. The main doors most people enter are right at a small staircase with no solid handrails. We need to address the entire entrance!