The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 defines a disability as a "...physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities." Nearly 50 million people (1 in 5 of the US population) in the United States are either born with or acquire a disability in their lifetime - including people of all ages, races, sexual orientations, cultures, economic and social backgrounds, and religions. Some disabilities are more obvious and many are completely invisible.
At UUCDC, we strive to create an environment in which we all can live, learn, play, sing, work, meditate, reflect, and pray, so that everyone will be able to grow and thrive together. We recognize that each person, whether they live with a recognizable disability or not, is unique. And it is important to us that everyone be welcome here.
Please let us know if there is something we can do to make your worship or religious education experience a better one.
Is UUCDC accessible to people who are not ambulatory?
Our church entrance is wheelchair accessible, but the door does not open automatically. Assistance may be needed to open the door. Our greeter is always close, and will assist you as needed. Our sanctuary is on the upper level and there is an elevator that will accommodate a person in a wheelchair or anyone else who has difficulty with the stairs. The elevator can be operated by one person. Push and hold the button to call the elevator. If needed, ask for help with the somewhat heavy door, which also needs to be fully closed once inside. Select level I, II or III for the desired floor. If you have any difficulty, ask the greeter to help you with the operation of the elevator.
After the service, our fellowship hour is in the Fellowship Hall. There is a ramp into Fellowship Hall down the hall to the right.
One of our accessible bathrooms is down the opposite hall, to the left of the Fellowship Hall. This one is gender neutral. There are also single gender wheelchair accessible bathrooms located on the lower level.
What about people with hearing impairments?
Assisted hearing devices are available from the ushers before the service and may be used anywhere in the Sanctuary. Ask an usher how to use the device and note that only microphone sound is amplified. Sermon audio and video versions are posted on our website. We do not have a sign language interpreter at this time, but arrangements could be made given sufficient notice and need.
Do you have large print hymnals and programs?
Copies of hymns from the large print Version of Singing the Living Tradition are available from the ushers. The Sunday bulletin is already printed in a relatively large print format, but if you need further assistance, please let us know.
The Unitarian Universalist Association's publication World Magazine is also available in audio format for any members of UU churches who may find that format best for them. Please contact the church administrator to arrange.
My child has learning differences. May my child participate in the church school or youth group?
Our religious education programming is open and available to everyone. Children with learning disabilities are welcome at our church. Please speak with our Director of Lifespan Religious Education to discuss how we might best accommodate your child's needs and create a welcoming and inclusive environment for them.