A congregational assessment survey is being offered by the Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADN), based in Elkhart, Ind., to help congregations assess their levels of accessibility to persons with various disabilities, including mental illness. The online survey automatically registers and keeps track of results, so that the network may use the survey to generate an ADN accessibility seal for use on congregational websites. The seal, pictured below, has five emblems for each area of accessibility. Congregations can apply for emblems in as many of the five categories as desired:
- Mobility: Congregations meet the criteria outlined for parking, entrance, interior, restrooms and worship area.
- Hearing: Assistive listening devices and other aids are provided for persons who are hard of hearing.
- Sign language: Adequate sign-language interpretation is provided.
- Vision: Aids are provided for persons who have difficulty seeing. These aids can be in the form of large print, digital materials for personal devices or projection.
- Support: The congregation supports inclusion of persons with disabilities and mental illness.
This emblem will be awarded by meeting the criteria in any of the following areas. All are recommended. To take the survey or learn more about it, visit anabaptistdisabilitiesnetwork.org/Resources/Pages/Survey.aspx.
—Anabaptist Disabilities Network