Ten Easy Ways to Make Your Church or Synagogue or Mosque More Inclusive
- Include children, youth and adults with disabilities in Liturgy as an altar server, Eucharistic minister, lector, cantor, usher, musician, etc.
- Form a well-rounded committee on inclusion to increase meaningful participation for persons with disabilities.*
- Hold focus groups or conduct a church survey to personalize church needs and to prioritize improvements.*
- Train ushers and lay leaders as role models to include and welcome persons with disabilities and their families.*
- Make prayers and petitions more inclusive of persons with disabilities.*
- Place an 'inclusion box' in the church with paper and pencils for church members to easily express suggestions for better inclusion.
- Use large print prayer books, missals and bulletins (such as 14-point type.)
- Provide a sign-language interpreter at a regular Liturgy time.
- Audio tape or print large-print homilies and promote them in the bulletin.
- Include a person who uses a wheelchair, walker or crutches or a family member on the committee for planning renovations or additions to the church.
*Contact Pathways Awareness Foundation for helpful information.
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Last Updated: 3-2-2006