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Disabilities Ministries
Headed by Sister Katherine Wilson

Sister Katherine Wilson believes that Jesus made the Word of God accessible to everyone. She knows that we should do our very best to emulate the actions of our Lord.  The church has added a ramp, handicap accessible restrooms, large print Sabbath School lessons, recordings for the visually impaired and much more under the leadership of Sister Wilson and her team. 

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
(ADA) is a law that was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1990. It was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George W. Bush, and later amended with changes effective January 1, 2009.

The ADA is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability. It affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal. Disability is defined by the ADA as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity." The determination of whether any particular condition is considered a disability is made on a case by case basis. Certain specific conditions are excluded as disabilities, such as current substance abuse and visual impairment which is correctable by prescription lenses.
On September 25, 2008, President George W. Bush signed into law the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). This was intended to give broader protections for disabled workers and "turn back the clock" on court rulings which Congress deemed too restrictive. The ADAAA includes a list of "major life activities".
Titles of the ADA
1.1 Title I - Employment
1.2 Title II - Public Entities (and public transportation)
1.3 Title III - Public Accommodations (and Commercial Facilities)
1.4 Title IV - Telecommunications
1.5 Title V - Miscellaneous Provisions
 
MISSION/PURPOSE
 
The mission of Disability Ministry is to make the gospel and our church accessible to people with disabilities. The purpose is to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of church life and strive to educate the membership in disability-related areas such as: architectural accessibility, accommodations, sensitivity awareness, and evangelism.






 

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