mid-life blind man in plaid shirt in conversation at a table in church hall coffee hour

We welcome and affirm people of all abilities. We have taken the following steps to assure that no one is excluded from full participation in the life of our church.

Sight. Any usher can help you obtain one of our large print hymnals or Orders of Service. We also have a braille hymnal available. To arrange a tour during the week, please email us or call 518-463-7135.

Mobility. Our Community Hall, where Sunday services are held, the Sanctuary used for meditation services and other gatherings, Channing Hall, religious education classrooms, and one of our restrooms are accessible to those using wheelchairs or having limited mobility.

Special Needs Children. If you want your child to participate in the religious education program and feel that they may require special accommodation due to learning disabilities or behavioral issues, please contact the Director of Learning Programs for Children & Youth in advance so the best possible arrangements can be made.

Hearing. We have wire loop technology connected to our PA system. During all church meeting and workshops, anyone wishing to speak from the audience is strongly encouraged to use the portable microphones so those who are hard of hearing are not excluded.

Chemical Sensitivity. We use odorless candles, and we have a well ventilated fragrance-free zone where those with sensitivities are invited to sit and those who are adorned with perfume or tobacco smoke are encouraged to avoid. This is announced every Sunday during our welcome.

Service Animals. We have grassy areas where service animals may relieve themselves.

Online Accessibility. Albany UU aims for the highest level of conformance on https://albanyuu.org with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which explain how to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities. Our web team assesses the accessibility of our home page and other representative pages, with special attention to site-wide features such as navigation, headers, and footers. Other staff and volunteers are responsible for the content of individual pages, documents, and media.

Pastoral Care. 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 the Pastoral Care Team or the minister to share your information in confidence.

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Feedback is not only welcome but encouraged! Please contact us with suggestions for improvement or to alert us to a particular problem area or if you have any questions not answered or concerns not addressed here.