Forum 6.1 - Church Accessibility
In a long view, the largest obstacle is attitude! Our upstairs rooms are NOT accessible and we have moved the church office up there because the peanut secretary is 95 years old and cannot make the stairs any more. So my Ad Assistant and the youth must climb the stairs since "young people" should be able to get up there. But what about youth who may need a physical adjustment to ease accessibility? Even after only a short time here, I know the people could easily be led to respond well and do what needed to be done, but they are not very proactive. They would rather deal with it when they need to.
Easy moves: large print hymnals and someone to check the sound system each week.
I think the first large task could be to put a roof over our exterior ramp! The conversation should begin with Buddy - who uses it the most with his walker and can spread from there to the Peanut Crew. We have a great builder in the church who can help design it.
Even people without disabilities might appreciate a roof, so that could make it easier to implement too!
True and a roof-over isn't that difficult.
It also plays out here that some of the more active members of the church are those with mobility issues. I also see what you're saying about the congregation wanting to make changes "as needed." Having thought over these issues the last two weeks, I would now argue that an "as needed" approach may benefit a person who has already committed to attending and needs an adjustment; but it would deter or exclude those who are looking for a congregation and would see the lack of accessibility as unwelcoming.