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Physical Accessibility Issues for Churches

There are many ways in which churches can be inaccessible to people with disabilities, the elderly and injured. A primary one is physical accessibility. Being physically accessible is an expression of the love and care that a congregation shows to its members and visitors. After all, if a church cannot welcome a person into the building, how will it welcome a person into the hearts of church members?

There are several accessibility considerations: accessible parking, ramps into the building, wide doorways, means of moving up and down building floors and restrooms that can accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, crutches or persons walking alongside. Physical accessibility not only considers the needs of those with mobility challenges but also the needs of people with hearing and visual impairments.

How does a congregation determine its accessibility considerations and find solutions? Within the pages of Accessible Faith: A Technical Guide for Accessibility in Houses of Worship, you will find thorough and helpful explanations of these complex issues of accessibility. You will also find help in thinking through accessibility solutions in the areas of physical, auditory, and visual barriers.

Take a look – this tool is invaluable for helping you make your church and the gospel accessible to everyone.  

Accessible Faith: A Technical Guide for Accessibility in Houses of Worship is a publication of Inspired Partnerships of Chicago and Restoric, LLC, funded by The Retirement Research Foundation.


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