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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Accessibility

    Accessibility Concerns Committee Mission Statement

    We believe that all people are created in the image of God and have sacred worth. We also believe that it is vital to the body of Christ to celebrate the spiritual gifts of people with all abilities so that we can best witness the beauty and diversity that God has created in our communities.  

    We are here to support, train and assist local churches of the Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to best serve those with accessibility concerns. 

    Our goal is to make the community of Christ accessible to all people. 


    2018 Accessibility Petition
    Accessibility Grant
    Accessibility Team
    Resources


    2018 Accessibility Petition

    Click here to read the petition passed and adopted at the 2018 Annual Conference about Disability Awareness Weekend.

    Accessibility Grant

    Click here to download the Accessibility Grant form. The deadline to submit your request is April 15, 2021.

    Accessibility Team

    Rev. Melissa McCarthy
    (518) 231-0693
    mmkmccarthy@gmail.com

     

     

    Sabine Ingerson
    (315) 342-7853
    sabineingerson@gmail.com

     

     

    Cher McCotter
    (518) 260-6748
    chercropper@hotmail.com

     

     

    Clara Lantz
    (315) 824-0965 (home)
    (315) 527-0183 (mobile)
    clara.lantz@gmail.com


    Resources

    UMC Websites

    1. Disability Ministries: https://www.umdisability.org/
    2. Resources for clergy with disabilities:
      1. umdisabledministers.org
      2. mentalhealthministries.net
      3. umdeaf.org
      4. www.umc.org/what-we-believe/church-and-people-with-intellectual-physical-psychological-disabilities
    3. Information about Disability Awareness Sunday: www.umc.org/how-we-serve/special-sundays

    Government

    1. New York Department of Health: health.ny.gov
    2. Ideas and resources for community projects that are inclusive:
      1. health.ny.gov/community/disability/
      2. People First Brochure and others: health.ny.gov/publications/0951.pdf
      3. Information and Referral for Long-term Care: nyconnects.ny.gov

    Not for Profit

    1. Independent Living Resources, Information about ADA: ilru.org

    Mental Health Ministries

    1. Mental Health ministries for the congregation to help elimante the stigma of mental health: http://mentalhealthministries.net/spotlights/html_spotlights/2020/covid2020.html?fbclid=IwAR1siEJPHxcAaW2aaOSfW69KMQdEUDseUK_CL2QJgYW33uR_511F-jU0MFU

    Resources

    1. Free text-to-speach software: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-free-speech-text-software/

    Kids

    1. Five Things Every Kid Should Know About Disability - Raising Anti-Ableist Kids: https://booksforlittles.com/disability-empowerment/?fbclid=IwAR3UDYENfCbQzPJHWn8Zdryeas2nL6iMv9IFofyoR7yVKFvdNmKDnqEs7iI

    Books

    1. Dementia Friendly Worship: https://www.amazon.com/Dementia-Friendly-Worship-Multifaith-Chaplains-Communities-ebook/dp/B07P5J29GB?fbclid=IwAR2PTFmV5L6Qg7F0JDyKbW1_rjwZ9JTajj5wWuuFfj5Pehm4_SQtgZAFXPo

    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."