Is Your Congregation Ready to Explore Accessible to All (A2A)?

The UCCDM encourages all setting of the United Church of Christ to be Accessible to All (A2A)!

New tools are NOW ready to help local congregations determine how accessible their programs and buildings are. (Accessibility is more than a ramp!) This tool is called the Church Building And Program Accessibility Audit. This church accessibility audit can be completed online (Church Building and Program Audit ONLINE). It is also available to be printed as a PDF (UCCDM Church Building and Program Audit 12 pt PDF), LARGE PRINT PDF (UCCDM Church Building and Program Audit 16 pt PDF), Word Document (UCCDM Church Building and Program Audit 12 pt WORD), and LARGE PRINT Word Document (UCCDM Church Building and Program Audit 16 pt WORD).

Once a congregation completes a building and program audit and has identified how to become more (or continue being) inclusive of people with disabilities or/and mental health concerns, the congregation may be ready to become Accessible to All (A2A). To become A2A a congregation completes an A2A Checklist. The checklist was revised in 2016 is available to be completed online (UCCDM A2A Checklist ONLINE)or printed as a PDF (UCCDM A2A Checklist PDF) or in LARGE PRINT (UCCDM A2A Checklist LARGE PRINT PDF).

Congregations that complete the A2A Checklist are added to the A2A Listing!

2 thoughts on “Is Your Congregation Ready to Explore Accessible to All (A2A)?

  1. I am sorry, I thought that being ONA meant EVERYONE, regardless of who they are, where they come from, what color, race, sexual orientation, mental health status, activity level……… EVERYONE is welcome.

    So now I am reading about A2A – please….explain to me the difference. To me this is casting just another “title”, “acronym” or identifying another group of people who are DIFFERENT . This is so ridiculous!

    ONA is NOT just about the LGBTQ…. Population, it means we welcome EVERYBODY. I have to say, as a lesbian, this is getting to by over kill. In an effort to ensure we get every type of disability, sexual orientation, color of skin, whether your short or tall, fat or skinny…. We isolate and put certain like people into separate categories … This is like the “ole days”. Just welcome, love everyone, just like Jesus did and stop all this identifiable difference and just accept & love.

    • Dear Lee,

      In the UCC, ONA specifically refers to the GLBTQI community according to the ONA Coalition. Some individual congregations expand their ONA to all people including persons with disability and mental health concerns.

      Just as the ONA movement began as a way for GLBTQI individuals to find congregations prepared to welcome them. The A2A movement is a way for persons with disabilities and their families to find congregations that may be physically accessible to them and willing to include them in all aspects of congregational life. WISE is a new UCC designation used to identify congregations who have done work specific to preparing to welcome persons with mental health conditions; WISE was approved by General Synod 2015.

      I understand that many people want ONA to include all persons. As a disability activist inside and outside the church one of the things I have learned is that while the effort to include GLBTQI persons and persons with disability is similar the theological reflection and community work to do this is not the same. There are specific things like physical accessibility that have to be addressed to welcome people with disabilities and that is not a part of the ONA program or work. ONA congregations are welcomed and encouraged to also become A2A and WISE! Congregations who have chosen not to, or who have not yet, become ONA are also welcome to become A2A. Inclusion has to start somewhere and it does not start with the same group in all settings.

      Rev. Kelli Parrish Lucas, UCCDM Chair

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