Convention planners approached ADN to assist with expanded accessibility at Convention when, after attending the MCUSA convention in Kansas City, the mother of a teenager with developmental disability reached out to ask,
Elizabeth Vendley of Lebanon County "How can Orlando be a place of faith
PA, served as Accessibility formation and relationship development for my
Coordinator for MCUSA Convention. daughter? For everyone?”
As Accessibility Coordinator, Elizabeth and the Accessibility Services team helped to provide a concrete response to this question. Elizabeth coordinated efforts to organize accommodations and support for those with physical and intellectual disabilities.
ADN is grateful that the following Services were available:
- Wheelchairs, motorized scooters, assistive listening devices
- Accessibility Hosts to assist as needed
- American Sign language interpretation
- Large Print documents and maps
- Quiet Zone for youth or adults needing a break from too much noise and activity
- Quiet room for Infants & their Caregivers
- Adapted materials to simplify presentations
- Printed Songs for Worship services
Elizabeth brought to this role a depth of experience working and living with those with physical and developmental disabilities. Currently, Elizabeth works as house manager of Race Street House, a private residence for people with disabilities in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. Race Street House emerged through prayerful exploration of how to better meet the needs of church members with disabilities.
“Working with people with disabilities is an opportunity to serve and to receive Jesus daily. My experiences have been a blessing, affording me special relationships and new perspectives,” says Elizabeth.
The experience, wisdom, and worldviews of those with disabilities is so valuable to the greater church. ADN is thrilled that Elizabeth joined our efforts to make Convention a place where all can participate and contribute.
ADN is grateful for the opportunity to work with MCUSA Convention Orlando 2017 in making greater strides to become more inclusive and accessible.
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