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Inclusion and Universal Design for Worship

Corporate, intergenerational worship can be designed from the start to include people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities, gifts and limitations.

Examples of “universal design” approaches in worship services might include any of the following:

  • gluten free bread at the celebration of the Lord’s Supper
  • use of the phrase “please rise, in body or in spirit”
  • use of large-size font and/or availability of printed orders of service for use on devices
  • availability of sign language upon request
  • use of printed orders of service which supports those who worship best with a predictable schedule to follow
  • monitoring of the overall volume of projected sound to support those who process sounds differently or who may be using sound amplification devices
  • flexible seating and ramps to worship spaces
  • loop system for those with hearing devices
  • planned multisensory options to best engage each participants, such as availability of hand tools for those who listen best when their hands are active
  • and more

Once these kinds of universal design elements are in place, many more people can find a home in worship, and the benefits often extend to people who may not identify a need for assistance.