2018 Charge Conference Form - Accessibility Mini-Audit for Churches_SOUTH EAST KENTUCKY

This Accessibility Mini-Audit is designed to help congregations analyze their church facilities, their methods of communication and their attitudes. It may be used to aid churches in identifying barriers that can cause persons with disabilities to be excluded from full participation in worship and other congregational activities. We realize that achieving the goal of full accessibility is a continuing process, but this audit can be a starting point. It is recommended that a committee of the church, including at least seven persons, be formed to do this audit. To be most effective, the committee should include the chair of trustees, pastor, lay leader, persons with disabilities and others interested in disability concerns. As the audit is made, it is important to consider what can be accomplished in a short period of time and which goals must be long-range.

NOTE:  In order to submit the form, ALL questions marked with an asterisk (*) must be answered.

If a required question does not pertain to you, or you do not have that information at the time you are filling out this form, please input "N/A" in the blank field. 

When you complete with the form, make sure to click 'Save Form'.  The form will not be submitted and be saved if you have left any required questions (those marked with an asterick) blank.  You may return at any time to make changes.

 

Name of person submitting this form.

*First Name
*Last Name
*Email
*Your Role in this Church
*Name of Church
*District
*Pastor of this Church
Parking
*Have you provided accessible parking?
Yes
No
*Does each accessible parking space have a vertical sign showing the International Symbol of Accessibility?
Yes
No
*Does each accessible parking space have an overall ratio of 1 accessible space to 25 total spaces in the lot?
Yes
No
*Does each accessible parking space measure at least 96 inches wide?
Yes
No
*Does each accessible parking space have a clearly marked adjacent access aisle at least 60 inches wide by 20 feet long (96 inches wide for vans)?
Yes
No
*Does each accessible parking space have an accessible route connecting accessible spaces to accessible buildings on the same site?
Yes
No
*Does each accessible parking space have an accessible parking located between the entrance drive and the building so that the accessible route is short and does not cross streets, drives, or the parking lot?
Yes
No
Passenger Loading Zones
*Have you provided a passenger loading zone?
Yes
No
* Is its access aisle a minimum of 60 inches wide and 20 feet long?
Yes
No
* Is the loading zone’s surface level and even?
Yes
No
*Can passengers get in and out of vehicles sheltered from weather?
Yes
No
Curb Ramps
*Is there a curb ramp wherever an accessible route (connecting accessible facilities, accessible buildings, accessible elements & accessible spaces) crosses a curb?
Yes
No
* Is the ramp’s width, not including the flared sides, a minimum of 36 inches?
Yes
No
*Is its slope no steeper than 1:20 (one foot rise in 20 feet)?
Yes
No
Ramps
*Where there are steps or a change in grade level, and platform lifts or elevators are not appropriate, has a ramp been provided?
Yes
No
Entrances
*Is there at least one accessible door at each accessible entrance to the building, and to the worship, fellowship, education, and pastoral care areas?
Yes
No
*Measure 36 inches wide?
Yes
No
* Have levers, U-shaped handles, push plates, door pulls, panic bars, or other door hardware than can be operated with one hand, and does not require twisting, tight grasping, tight pinching, or finger strength to operate?
Yes
No
* Have a threshold no higher than 3/4 inch for exterior doors, and 1/2 inch for other doors?
Yes
No
Corridors (or interior accessible routes)
*Is each corridor at least 36 inches wide (with passing space at least 60 inches wide and 60 inches long, or intersecting corridors allowing passing at reasonable intervals not exceeding 200 feet)?
Yes
No
*Is each corridor equipped with handrails on at least one wall?
Yes
No
Restrooms
*Is there at least one wheel chair accessible restroom (can be unisex) 72 x 96 inches?
Yes
No
* Is at least one toilet stall equipped with grab bars and able to accommodate wheelchair turning space?
Yes
No
*Do faucets have lever handles to ensure easy operation?
Yes
No
* Is there a 27-inch clear knee space under the sink to accommodate wheelchair users?
Yes
No
*Is there an unobstructed wheelchair turning space (60-inch diameter circle or T shaped space) in the restroom?
Yes
No
Communications
* Are dog guides permitted within the congregation and in the sanctuary space?
Yes
No
* Is the worship bulletin available in large print?
Yes
No
*Are hymnals, Bibles and church school materials all readily available in large print?
Yes
No
*Are church school and worship materials available on tape or written in Braille?
Yes
No
*Are interpreters available for deaf persons upon request?
Yes
No
*Are video or audio recordings made of worship services?
Yes
No
*Are greeters available to welcome persons and assist them to their seats if needed?
Yes
No
* Are assistive listening devices (e.g., audio loop, FM system) provided for persons who are hard of hearing?
Yes
No
*Are microphones (portable and stationary) used during all parts of the worship service?
Yes
No
Assembly Seating
*Are all aisles, including side aisles, at least 36 inches wide?
Yes
No
*Have special seating arrangements or paired wheel chair spaces totaling 66 inches in width been provided?

(by means of pew cuts, the shortening of selected pews, or by the removal of several chairs) that accommodate wheelchair users within the body of the congregation and still provide lines of sight (one such location in area seating up to 25 persons; two in an area seating up to 50; four in an area up to 300)

Yes
No
* Is the chancel platform accessible via ramp?
Yes
No
Are people who are physically challenged encouraged to be liturgical leaders in the worship service?
Yes
No
No answer
* Is the choir loft accessible to wheelchair users in all vocal sections?
Yes
No
Telephones
*Have you provided accessible telephones?
Yes
No
* Is at least one phone at a maximum height of 48 inches to accommodate wheelchair users?
Yes
No
*Is at least one phone equipped with a volume control for persons who are hard-of-hearing?
Yes
No
* Is a telephone communications device -- Text Telephone Yoke (TTY) -- available to accommodate persons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing?
Yes
No
Attitudinal Access
* Is Access Sunday observed each year?
Yes
No
*Do you hold training sessions and sensitivity workshops for greeters, ushers, church school leaders, church staff and others interested in developing and maintaining ministries with persons with mentally and physically challenging conditions?
Yes
No
*Do you conduct sign language classes to help members of the congregation learn to communicate with persons who are deaf?
Yes
No
*Have teachers and children discussed their own attitudes toward persons with disabilities?
Yes
No
Signs and Symbols
*Is the international sign and symbols of accessibility posted at the building entrance doors?
Yes
No
*Is the international sign and symbols of accessibility posted at the accessible parking spaces?
Yes
No
*Is the international sign and symbols of accessibility posted at the passenger loading zones?
Yes
No
*Is the international sign and symbols of accessibility posted at the restrooms?
Yes
No
Parsonages
* Is there a garage or covered area for loading and unloading passengers?
Yes
No
*Is the parsonage accessible to persons with mobility difficulties?
Yes
No
*Are the bathrooms accessible to all persons?
Yes
No
*Is there one bedroom on the first floor that can be used to accommodate a person with a disability?
Yes
No
* In case of an emergency, are there at least two exits that a person with a disability could use?
Yes
No

A resource of the Health and Welfare Ministries Program Department of the General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church, 458 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, 404-460-7575; Fax 404-942-4350.

Priority Items Based Upon Audit Results

If you answered NO to the first questions in sections about Parking, Passenger Loading Zone, Curb Ramps, Ramps, Entrances or Telephones or you have more than two (2) NO answers in any category, you are not considered accessible in this area of your facility. In order to ensure greater access, we suggest that you complete the planning worksheet below.

Short Range Goals:
Long Range Goals:
List all deficiencies that will require a large financial layout (+$5,000.00).
Acknowledgment
Acknowledgment

By checking this box and entering my name below, I acknowledge that the above information is accurate.  I will sign the Check List and Authorization Form at Charge Conference.

*Enter Name
*Date Audit Completed:

Please fill in the date as MM/DD/YYYY - example 07/01/2017

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When you complete this form, make sure to click 'Save Form'. You may return at any time to make changes.

 

Revised July 2018

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