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Greeters/ Ushers: Ministers of Hospitality to Persons with Disabilities

Greeters/Ushers:  Ministers of Hospitality to Persons with Disabilities

The purpose of this toolkit is to encourage greeters and ushers to become more sensitive to and aware of the needs of persons with disabilities as they engage in Church activities.  The toolkit provides simple suggestions of how to “welcome and include” persons with disabilities in all Church events.

Approach to Implementation:

The office of persons with disabilities will provide greeters and ushers with basic “hospitality tips” and “People First Language” phrases which affirm and empowers persons with disabilities.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The pastor and members of the parish staff are expected to support the ministry of hospitality by “welcoming and including” all Baptized Catholics into the life of the Church.  Communication about the importance of hospitality, positive language and a “welcoming and inclusive community” can be communicated to all members of the parish though website, signage, pulpit, example and Church Bulletin announcements.

Training:

The office of Persons with Disabilities will provide information sheets that model “People First Language” which welcomes and includes as well as empowers and affirms persons with disabilities in the life of the Church.

Expected Resources:

The office of Persons with Disabilities will provide sensitivity training sessions for ushers and greeters so that they can “welcome and include” all Baptized persons into the life of the Church.

Ministers of Hospitality
People First Language

Parish Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

Parish Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

The purpose of this toolkit is to assist the parish efforts in “Welcoming and Including” parishioners with disabilities into the life of the Church.  The toolkit provides a sample job description for a Parish Advocate for Persons with Disabilities, a description of both advocacy and self advocacy as well as tips for identifying parishioners with disabilities and ideas for planning a parish visitation process for persons with disabilities.

Approach to Implementation:

The office of persons with disabilities will work with various parish staff to identify a person or persons who would volunteer as a Parish Advocate for persons with disabilities.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The pastor and members of the parish staff will be expected to support the parish advocate in indentifying and meeting the social and spiritual needs of persons with disabilities.  Communication to all members of the parish can be shared through website, pulpit and Church Bulletin announcements.

Training:

Once parishioners with disabilities are identified, their stories can be shared and the Church Community will implement plans to “welcome and include” these marginalized and gifted persons into the life of the Church.

Expected Resources:

The office of Persons with Disabilities will provide support and training for the parish advocate.

Please download these tools for this toolkit:

Sample Job Description for Parish Advocate
Advocacy: What is it?
Self-Advocacy: What is it?
Planning a Parish Visitation Process
Tips for Identifying Parishioners and Families with Disabilities
Interview Form

Parish Accessibility “Welcome & Inclusion” Survey Toolkit

“Welcome & Inclusion” Survey Toolkit

The purpose of this toolkit is to evaluate the parish efforts in “Welcoming and Including” parishioners with disabilities into the life of the Church.  The toolkit provides a simple survey concerning the inclusion needs of persons with disabilities.  The answers to these questions will encourage the parish to develop concrete ways to “welcome and include” persons with disabilities into the life of the Church.

Approach to Implementation:

A walking tour of parish buildings inside and out will result in answers to many questions about the physical barriers of the parish campus.  Knowledge of parishioners and various ministries within the parish will help to identify how often persons with disabilities are “welcomed and included” in the life of the Church.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Pastor, Pastoral Council, parish staff and members of the parish will be asked to participate in this survey to identify persons with disabilities as well as report the physical barriers that the parish buildings may present to persons with disabilities.  Communication to all members of the parish can be shared through website, pulpit and Church bulletin announcements.

Training:

No training involved…just answer questions to survey.  Once the results are realized, the pastor, parish staff and members of the parish would be introduced to the Parish Advocacy Program which will help them create a method of identifying persons with disabilities.
Expected Resources:

The office of Persons with Disabilities will provide the survey for each participant.  If the results of the survey reveal physical barriers, the finance office may need to be consulted before any renovations to the parish buildings would be possible.

“Welcome and Inclusion” Parish Accessibility Survey