All Are Welcome: Accessibility at YOUTH 2019
January 31, 2018 • 6 Comments
Growing up in a small rural area of New York in the early 80’s, the mentality of including people of all abilities in society was not something widely held by my community. My parents fought for my rights in school and many other areas of my life. Thankfully, my church seemed to have a progressive thought process and always tried hard to include me.
First United Methodist Church in Greene, NY took Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 12 to heart, always including me in all Ministry areas. When a physical barrier presented itself, the congregation “lowered me through the roof” like the man with paralysis whose friends brought him to see Jesus in Luke 5:17-26. I was deemed worthy of Christ’s love by my church community. Like the Samaritan woman in John’s Gospel, I was known by God and I encountered Christ face-to-face. All these years later, I thank God for the heart of that little town church.
Your Design Team for Youth 2019 also hold firm to this truth. We believe that we are incomplete without all people, including our friends who have disabilities or other special needs! For that reason, we need your help! When registration opens for the event, it is critcal that we have as much information as we can regarding the accommodations you need to participate fully. All registrants will be required to indicate on the registration if they need any special accommodations. This will help me, as Accessibility Ambassador, and the entire Design Team to prepare the site to best fit your needs.
We will have a accessible housing options, elevators and signage indicating their direction, wheelchair accessible seating, ASL interpreters, a space for people with special sensory needs, and other accommodations as we are able to indicate a need. I must stress the importance of providing information ahead of the event so that we can best help to make Youth 2019 a successful event for everyone who joins us. I pray that you will join us in Kansas City, guiding each of us to more fully realize the fullness of the Body of Christ.
Phil Rogers, Accessibility Ambassador