New for 2019: Accessibility Liaison

We are creating a new staff position to help our participants navigate the accessibility options at SUUSI and WCU. This is an evolving position, so duties are not finalized, but we see the Accessibility Liaison working with Dining Services to accommodate food allergies; becoming deeply knowledgeable about accessible rooms, routes, and services and communicating that information to participants; and identifying and researching solutions to accessibility needs which are currently unmet. This person will not provide direct services to participants with disabilities or other special needs, but will work closely with participants, SUUSI staff, and WCU staff to facilitate accessibility at SUUSI.

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2 thoughts on “New for 2019: Accessibility Liaison”

  1. This seems like an excellent idea, and I suggest adding a dimension to the evolving definition of disabilities needing reasonable accommodations to be able to participate at SUUSI (and all other UU activities). That is the invisible illness spectrum ranging from asthma to chronic fatigue syndrome to multiple chemical sensitivity, electromagnetic sensitivity and Lyme disease. all environmentally driven. Millions worldwide , a majority of them women, suffer from these conditions with little public awareness unless there is a personal connection to someone who’s ill, and the illnesses are spreading with increased chemical use and toxic pollution. and by the growing spread of wireless radiation-producing technology. Many people in this cohort are seriously affected and harmed by contact with toxic personal or cleaning products containing unregulated chemical “fragrances,” which are ubiquitous in our society. The effect is to isolate the environmentally sensitive population and often to harm those who try to use public facilities or attend public gatherings, including church activities.
    I know quite a bit about this, having suffered from evolving environmental illness for the past forty years, and can no longer attend my church because of it. I cannot take a position doing accessibility liaison work, but I could certainly share a lot of information with that person or team, and could offer advice on basic educational work that would make SUUSI a safer place, for all and help attendees take it back to their home congregations. More than lip service (“please be fragrance-free”) is needed — it’s a values-driven choice, like starting to recycle and reduce waste, and information and positive reinforcement are needed to make it take hold. This is an area in which the UUA should be playing a stronger and leading role, in my opinion. (I’ve signed up for a class on how to lead a SUUSI workshop, and may be able to assemble a good one for next year. I intend to post a “birds of a feather” call to other environmentally ill attendees this year.)

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  2. Has you found an Accesability Laison?
    I will have some accesability issues to work out.

    Thanks So Much,

    Jeanne

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