Accessibility of Our Building and Programs
We welcome and affirm people of all abilities. We are currently engaged in an accessibility assessment as part of our commitment to the Accessibility and Inclusion Ministries certification process. This includes awareness of invisible disabilities.
Our sanctuary and main floor of the building are fully accessible to those using wheelchairs or having limited mobility, including the main floor washroom. Our basement level and upper level are currently not accessible. We are currently doing a capital campaign to fund the installation of an elevator in the building.
Currently, all the religious exploration (RE) classes are held in the basement. We know this creates a barrier of access for children and guardians with mobility issues. Until the installation of the elevator, the main floor cannot accommodate the size of our religious education program, which serves nearly 100 children and youth each year. That said, while we are in transition, it is our commitment that should an RE class need to be moved to the main floor to be accessible to a child or their guardians, it will be done.
Large-print hymnals and Orders of Service are always available; please ask an usher when you arrive Sunday mornings.
We have hearing assist headphones available at the sound booth for worship services. During all church events, anyone wishing to speak is required to use a microphone so those who are hard of hearing are not excluded. Our Music Director uses the hearing assist headphone system during choir rehearsal.
We use odorless candles. We currently do not have a scent-free seating area during worship.
If you want your child to participate in our religious education program and feel that they may require special accommodation due to learning disabilities or behavioural issues, please contact the Director of Lifespan Faith Development in advance so the best possible arrangements can be made.
We provide pastoral care to all members regardless of ability. To build the beloved community, the volunteers on the care team receive special training to assist those who may feel unwelcome, patronized or marginalized because of their disability. They may not be able to fully remedy every situation, but they can provide a compassionate ear and a willingness to enlist the help of others. If you have a hidden disability that you think it’s important for someone to know, please contact a member of the pastoral care team or contact the minister to share your information in confidence.
We have grassy areas where service animals may relieve themselves.
If you have any questions not answered or concerns not addressed, please contact the church office to seek further information.
The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg aims for the highest level of conformance with the accessibility standards set out in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1), which is used as an international standard (including the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA)) for accessibility for electronic documents, websites, and communications. More information about the accessibility of our website can be found on this page.