Breaking Ground: The Newsletter of the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities

Archives available here. Note specifically the January 2009 issue entitled “Spirituality: A view of the world”

This brings to mind the National Organization on Disability Accessible Congregation campaign from the earlier part of this decade. An excellent start, but 2000 of 335,000 U. S. congregations (I believe the theological term is) sucks.

Here’s are practical tests:

1) does your pulpit area have a wheel chair accessible ramp PROMINENTLY VIEWABLE FROM THE AUDIENCE SIDE (symbolism is a big part of religious houses of worship message-wise, no?

2) When is the last time a blind or a deaf person lead prayer? How about someone with a speech disability using either a human or technological interpreter?

3) Do you have ANY Braille bulletins or collateral materials. Videos with captions? American Sign Language Bibles? Deafmissions.com can help with some of these things.

4) How many folks with visible disabilities of your leadership team (board, elders, presbyters, synod, national denominational board, etc.?

5) When’s the last time you’ve asked questions (as an organization) remotely like the four above?