What is Liturgical Access, you may ask? In these 8 modules, we will explore the many aspects of Liturgical Access - pastoral, practical, theological, and even financial. Tapping into a variety of perspectives - from those in lay ministry (both with and without a disability), from priests, and from loved ones of persons with disabilities - we will learn what needs to be considered when aiming to make a parish's/diocese's liturgical life fully accessible to persons with disabilities and their families. In this course, we will answer questions like:
What is the difference between inclusion and belonging?
Why is it important to make a parish/diocese accessible from a theological perspective?
What are the practical accommodations that need to be made for those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing?
What physical changes need to be made to a church building to make it more accessible? What is universally accessible design, and who benefits from it (hint: more people than you might expect!)?
And so much more!
Overview of Liturgical Access: What It Means and Why It Matters
Physical Access, Physical Barriers
Sacramental Access (Emphasis on Eucharistic Celebration)
Liturgical Access for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Leveraging Resources for Accessibility
Avoiding Barriers to Service