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Our church in New York is in the process of renovation. Last evening there was a meeting for all who wished to see the latest plans. Everyone was thoughtful of persons in wheelchairs but they expressed their concern by including in the plan a ramp off to the side that would make the altar area accessible. I instead advocated for universal design. Most people did not know what that was. Many people think that if we are making someplace accessible we are inclusive. But accommodating and wholeheartedly welcoming are two different things. There is no reason why persons with disabilities should have a separate access to the altar when one access could be used by all. The goal is not to marginalize certain individuals but to make sure that everyone is included. The following web site has tips on how to make liturgical spaces more inclusive. It’s important that we all think about this.

http://www1.georgetown.edu/centers/liturgy/envisionchurch/architecture/howtos/60891.html

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“SONG FOR PEOPLE IN WHEELCHAIRS”
Lyrics: Michelle Martone
Music: Pam Carlton & Michelle Martone

When you walk down the street
and you pass me by
I sit here in my wheelchair
and would love it if you just said “Hi!”

Don’t just keep on walking
Don’t just pass me by
Don’t avert your eyes when you see me
I would love it if you just said, “Hi!”

Chorus:
I am so much more than what you may see
There is so much more inside of me:
A sense of humor…Gratitude for life
Could you stop a moment and say, “Hi?”

You may think I’m less of a person
Only because you see I can’t walk
But if you took the time you would see I could talk
Could you stop a moment and say, “Hi?”

(Repeat Chorus)

You may think I’m less of a person
Only because you see I can’t walk
But if you took the time you would see I could talk
Could you stop a moment and say, “Hi?”
Could you stop a moment and say, “Hi?”
Could you stop a moment and say, “Hi?”

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