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Accessible Faith Grant Program Accessible Faith Program Resource Links

The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) published a national guide that helps congregations plan and implement accessibility projects:

Accessible Faith: A Technical Guide for Accessibility in Houses of Worship.

Note: Referenced accessibility standards are those that were in effect at the time, the 1991 Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG).   ADAAG was superseded by the 2010 Standards, which went into effect on March 15, 2012.  A brief comment about this was added to the electronic version of the national guide to alert readers to consult the new standards.

RRF published tips to show congregations how to increase awareness of their accessibility improvements to encourage people who need  them to use them:

Maximizing Your Accessibility Improvements

Sample of the Accessible Faith Grant Application Form

The American Institute of Architects has guidance on selecting and working with an architect, project budgets, and contracts: www.aia.org

Inclusion in Worship has extensive information on accessibility and inclusion for all denominations: https://pathways.org/tools-resources/inclusion-worship/

ADA Technical Assistance Centers provide free information and technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Questions can be submitted online and by phone, anonymously if desired.  The list of Centers for each federal region and contact information is at: http://adata.org/

Local Better Business Bureaus provide a way for applicants to check on architects, contractors, vendors, and suppliers before making commitments:  http://www.bbb.org/

Partners for Sacred Places helps congregations and their communities sustain and use older historic sacred places: http://www.sacredplaces.org/