In March 2005, Ministry with Persons with disAbilities sent a 2-page survey to all 95 parishes in the Diocese of Lansing. We were delighted that within 100 days of sending this survey we had a 100% reply rate from all parishes. For a pdf of the above information, click here.
Our survey included accessibility of churches, parish halls, schools, religious education centers, and parish offices. Below you will find expanded explanations of the questions asked and answered plus website for further information.
Parking Lot with 200 spaces should have 6 accessible parking spaces close to entrance of the building.
Ramp Entrance should be close to accessible parking places. Useful website: http://www.ucc.org/ucnews/oct01/inmy.htm
Ramp Door should be easy to open or have an automatic door opener. http://www.tripil.com/tripil/patriots/ada-guidelines.html
Greeter or Usher could be stationed by door if door is too heavy to open.
Lift or Elevator is an option if building is more than one story. Useful website: http://www.mobilityelevator.com/
Pew for Wheelchair should be located throughout the church 23” apart.
Lighting parishes should have a section with brighter lighting for persons with low vision.
Large Print Missalettes should be available for persons with low vision. Useful website: http://liturgyny.catholic.org/focus2.htm#LARGER%20PRINT%20MISSALETTES
Interpreted Mass could be available in your parish for persons who are deaf by contacting Rose Smith firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 517-342-2532. Rose is Director of Catholic Deaf Ministry.
ALD or Assistive Listening Devices for person who are hard of hearing. Devices should be checked regularly. Signs should be posted and a bulletin announcement that ALD is available and where it is located. Useful website: http://www.audiolinks.com/ADAcompliant.shtml
Altar should be accessible to all by ramping and/or railing. Ambo should be adjustable for all. Useful website: http://www.olacathedral.org/cathedral/art/ambo1.html
Taping of Bulletins for persons who are blind/sight impaired or unable to read or hold the printed word.
This would be a great project for your Youth Group.
Mental Illness Outreach can be started in your parish or region. Christians Concerned about Mental Illness (CCMI) meets monthly in the Lansing area. Contact our office for more information. Useful website: http://www.pathways2promise.org/
Accessible Restrooms should be at least 5’ x 6’ and door should be 36”. See ADA standards website: http://www.access-board.gov/adaag/html/adaag.htm
More detailed accessibility information can be found in “Accessibility Audit for Churches,” a 72 page book that may be purchased from: http://www.congregationalresources.org/ShowOne.asp?RID=6391&TC=71