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The Bishops' Survey on Accessibility in the Parishes of the Diocese of New York
The three page survey with specific questions on accessibility was described by people who completed it as an important start in raising the issues of accessibility. It was originally sent to parish priests or lay leaders for completion and is included as a general resource for wider dissemination and discussion. Information about parishes on this website comes from the Survey questionnaires and architect's accessibility evaluation visits.

Accessibility Evaluations
The Diocesan Accessibility Committee has architects who will evaluate your church for accessibility. Not every parish can afford to make extensive renovations to become completely accessible for people in wheelchairs but the architect will be able to offer suggestions on how to become more accessible. You can make an appointment for a parish visit. Contact Us

Ten Commandments of Communicating with People with Disabilities
Video with a light-hearted approach that looks at and dispels some of the common myths and misconceptions about disability that are prevalent in our society. Running approximately 12 minutes, it is short enough to fit into the sermon time, at parish meetings or as a basis for discussion in study groups. Produced by Program Development Associates, a leader in disability training programs for corporations and other organizations. It is available for parishes to borrow. Contact us.

The Litany for People with Disabilities
The Litany was written by the Rev. Kate Chipps revised by Ginny Thornburgh, conference keynoter, for the That All May Worship Conferences, sponsored by the National Organization on Disability (N.O.D.). The litany was adapted for use in the Diocese of New York by the Diocesan Committee on Accessibility for People with Disabilities.

Ways to Make Your Parish More Accessible - With Little or No Cost Involved
This list is from an Episcopal Disability Network Bulletin and was adapted for use in the Diocese of New York by the Diocesan Accessibility Committee.



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United Spinal Association (USA), formerly EPVA
75-20 Astoria Boulevard
Jackson Heights, NY 11370
Phone: (718) 803-3782
Fax: (718) 802-0414
www.unitedspinal.org
info@UnitedSpinal.org
United Spinal Association (USA), formerly Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of spinal cord injured/diseased veterans residing primarily in New York, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Since its founding in 1946 as a branch of EPVA United Spinal Association has been operating valuable programs designed to enable its members, as well as other persons with disabilities, to live full and productive lives.

Federal Access Board
Churches are exempt from the requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) but information on the guidelines can be found at www.access-board.gov/indexes/accessindex.htm

Independent Living Centers
Click to go to a list of centers in the Diocese.


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Deaf Deaf

Advice and Information
The Rev. Mary Grambsch, Vicar of St. Ann's for the Deaf.
(212) 349-9090 x226
marygrambsch@earthlink.net

Sign Language Interpreters

Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Interpreting Services, Inc.
442 Rtes 202-206 North,
Bedminster, NJ 07921-0753
(908) 719-4344
Fax (908) 470-0804

Westchester County Office for Disabilities
Richard Manly, Director
148 Martine Avenue, Room 102
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 995-2955
www.westchestergov.com/disabled

Lexington School for the Deaf
30th Avenue and 75th Street
Jackson Heights, NY 11370
(718) 899 - 8800
TTY: (718) 899-3030
Fax: (718) 899-9846
www.lexny.org

New York School for the Deaf
555 Knollwood Road
White Plains NY 10603
(914) 949-7310 V/TTY
Fanwood@nysd.k12.ny.us
www.nysd.k12.ny.us

Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington DC 20002
(202) 651-5000 TTY/V
www.gallaudet.edu

New York Society for the Deaf
161 William Street, 11th Fl.
New York NY 10038
(646) 278-8171 (TTY)
(646) 278-8132 (Voice)
(212) 777-5740 (Fax)
www.nysd.org

Joshua Finkle & Irma Azrelyant
47-43 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, NY 11101
718-433-1092 (Voice)
718-392-3372 (TTY)
718-392-3576 (FAX)
www.dhisnyc.com
(Requests for interpreters can be made online)

Other Resources and Web Sites for Deaf


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Technical advice and information

One Voice: A Guide to Assistive Listening Systems
One Voice is the work of two members of the Rochester Chapter of SHHH www.shhh-rochester-ny.org it came out of a cooperative effort by churches and synagogues in Rochester and is available from the Rochester Chapter of SHHH, funded in part by St. Paul's Episcopal Church Rochester NY.

SHHH Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc
7910 Woodmont Ave, Suite 1200
Bethesda MD 20814 (301) 657-2248
www.hearingloss.org
Self Help for Hard of Hearing People is the nationís largest organization for people with hearing loss. Through information, support groups, and advocacy, SHHH works to make a difference in the lives of all people affected by hearing loss. It works through a national network of 13 state organizations and 250 local chapters in 45 states, anchored by a Washington, D.C. area office.

League for the Hard of Hearing
50 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York NY 10004
(917) 305-7700
www.lhh.org
The League for the Hard of Hearing is the world's oldest not-for- profit rehabilitation and human services agency. They provide hearing rehabilitation and human services for people who are hard of hearing or deaf, and their families, regardless of age, ability to pay, or mode of communication, and by striving to empower consumers to achieve their potential. .

The Federal Access Board Technical Bulletins on Assistive Listening Systems
www.access-board.gov
The Access Board also provides a toll-free technical assistance number at (800) 872-2253 (V) or (800) 993-2822 (TTY).
Bulletin 9A for Consumers
Bulletin 9B for Installers
Bulletin 9C for Providers

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC)
Lexington School for The Deaf
30th Avenue and 75th Street
Jackson Heights, NY 11370
Voice: (718) .899-8800
TDD: (718) .899.3030
Fax: (718) .899-9846
www.hearingresearch.org
The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on hearing enhancement is supported by a grant from the United States Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). RERC provides information to users on amplification and assistive technology.

Individual Consultants

Joshua Gendel, Director of Technical Services
The League for the Hard of Hearing
50 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York NY 10004
(917) 305-7700
Jgendel@lhh.org

Nancy Kingsley consults with churches and synagogues on assistive listening systems. She lives in Bergen County and is involved in state and county councils and organizations for people with hearing loss. You can reach her by email kingsnan@aol.com

George DeVilbiss, retired electronics engineer volunteering with SHHH, has been involved in the installation of assistive listening devices in churches for over 12 years. He can be reached by email. geodv1@erols.com

Committee members are available to answer any questions parishes may have on accessibility for people who are hard of hearing, Contact Us for more information.

Court Reporters for CART (Computer Assisted Realtime Translation)

Donald R. DePew, RPR, CRR
c2 (Caption Coalition) Inc.
4-74 48th Avenue, #15-J
Long Island City NY 11109-5613
(917) 733-3515
ddepew@c2net.org
www.c2net.org

Colleen Anne Platt, Garden State Captioning
49 Marlboro Road
Clifton NJ 07012
(973) 777-8403
C.platt@worldnet.att.net

Parishes in Which Assistive Listening Systems (ALSs) are in use.

Grace Church, Lower Manhattan
802 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-2000

More to come as details are received from parishes. Contact Us for more information

Manufacturers of Equipment and Resources for Installation
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Advice and Information

Committee members are available to answer any questions parishes may have on accessibility for people who are blind or visually disabled, Contact Us for more information.

American Federation for the Blind (AFB)
AFB Headquarters
11 Penn Plaza
New York NY 10001
(212) 502-7600
Fax: (212) 502-7777
AFB Information Center (800) 232-5463
Email: afbinfo@afb.net

Lighthouse National Center
111 E. 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
1-800-334-5497
(212) 821-9200
E-mail: info@lighthouse.org
Website: www.lighthouse.org

Large Print Materials & Books in Braille

Forward Movement Publications
412 Sycamore Street
Cincinnati OH 45202-4195
(513) 721-6659 or (800) 543-1813
Fax: (513) 421-0315

Forward Day by Day in large print

Other large print materials - Call Forward Publications for information.
(513) 721-6659 or (800) 543-1813
Fax: (513) 421-0315

Book of Common Prayer in Braille - 13 volumes
Forward Day by Day in Braille

Bibles for the Blind and Visually Handicapped
3408 Rosehill Road
Terre Haute IN 47805

Braille Hymnals
T. Luke's Braillist
Christ Episcopal Church
410 Grand Avenue
Waukegan IL 60085

Forward Day by Day on cassette tape is also available at no charge but contributions help keep this ministry in operation.
Contact:
Tape Ministry
Christ Church
44-50 South Broadway
Red Hook NY 12571


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Church School and Confirmation Materials

Parishes with Programs or Experiences They Will Share

Links to other sources


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