If you have a specific request with regards to accessibility or questions concerning Disability-focused issues, please contact Topher Endress at firstname.lastname@example.org
Accessibility is not a question of ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Accessibility is a moving target, and cannot be made as simple as checking off a list of a few accessible items. People are all different, whether they have a disability or not, and with the incredible city of ours growing daily, we as a church recognize that we may not be a place that physically welcomes every person. That is a failure on our part, yes, but we are a church – that means we are a collection of people who have recognized that we make mistakes and failures. And we want to do better. Are we accessible? Somewhat. We have ramps and barrier free pathways in and out. We have an accessible restroom (which is large enough for attendants and motorized chairs). We have an elevator. We have adjustable lighting. We have gluten-free communion. But we aren’t there yet. Our building is old, and frankly, it’s not the most conducive to accessibility. It wasn’t designed with the Deaf community in mind with ramps instead of stairs, large mirrors, and opaque walls to classrooms like Gallaudet University is. It wasn’t designed with those on the Autism spectrum in mind, with diffused lighting and a sensory room ready to go. It wasn’t designed for wheelchair access, for people who are blind, or for people with neuromotor issues, or for people who find it hard to sit still on wooden pews.