General Synod Special Needs Information

When you visit the General Synod web page at, on the left hand side of the page is a category, Special Needs. It is there that your questions can be answered and you may rent scooters

Matt Laney is the person to contact. He is available at 269-343-1549 between 8:30a – 4:30p (EST), Monday through Thursday or at Matt will provide the details regarding rentals for persons needing mobility assistance (wheelchairs and scooters), visual and hearing assistance or other special needs during General Synod.

Persons needing a wheelchair accessible room should indicate this at the time hotel reservations are made.

At GS – Look for the Special Needs desk at the convention center ready to assist as needed.. Please share this information with others.

There have been questions about airport to hotel transportation. On the General Synod web page at is transportation information.

All the buses have lifts so are equipped to handle wheelchairs, scooters, and any other assistive devices. (See below)

Although you may not be aware of others who need assistive devices, there is someone who just before Synod breaks or sprains a leg. Or, should I say inevitably, someone has surgery, temporarily needs a wheelchair, and is not aware of their availability.
United Church of Christ airport shuttle service
Airport transfers are available through Gail Andrus Travel for the following hotels:

UCC airport transfers are $20.00 per person, round-trip.
(Taxi service is available for approximately $32.00 one way.)

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Days Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott
Aquinas College Housing

The Crowne Plaza and the Hilton Airport hotels have their own shuttle vans for guest airport transfers. Please contact these two hotels upon arrival using the courtesy phones located within the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

In order to ensure a smooth operation of transfer routings, please pay for all transfer reservations by May 15, 2009. All transfers must be prepaid for a valid reservation and all payments are nonrefundable. All transfers are round trip with arrivals on June 24, 25 or 26 and departures on July 1, 2009. If for any reason you need a change in these arrangements, please call Gail Andrus Travel directly at 1-616-363-9835.

Gay H. McCormick, UCC DM Synod Planning Committee