WE'RE STILL HERE! 2011 Focus:
ACCESSIBILIITY IN PLACES OF WORSHIP
October 9-15 is WE'RE STILL HERE! week. This year’s focus is to encourage places of worship to make their buildings and programs more accessible. As the late effects of polio bring on new weakness and as we age, it becomes more and more difficult to do the things we used to do, ie, maneuver the stairs, read printed material and hear speakers. Many times it is easier to just stay home, an act that isolates us. Post-polio health includes the body, mind and spirit, and PHI encourages you to think about all three aspects of your health.
What we can do as individuals: Think about the barriers that we face when we visit our places of worship. Talk with those who appear to have similar struggles. Ask them to help us in solving the problems.
The solution may be as simple as requesting
- Signs to show the accessible entrance.
- Seats with arms.
- Larger type in the printed material.
- A portable ramp.
- A covered entrance to protect from ice and snow.
Or we could ask the church, synagogue or mosque leader to
- Request that an accessibility audit be done. (See Introduction and Checklist or seek advice from your local Independent Living Center.)
- Contact their national and international organizations for information. Links to Faith Groups Disability/Accessibility Information
Or we could say “WE’RE STILL HERE!” and offer to
- Head a committee to explore the problems and solutions.
- Organize a “Disability Awareness” program that includes all disabilities.
You get the idea. Be an instigator and a doer. Polio survivors are still here, and we can make a difference for ourselves and others.
- Polio Australia Awareness Flyer
- Polio Canada Flyer
- Members’ Survey – The UK-based Polio Survivors Network released the results of a survey. Click here to view the Survey Questions.