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How to Become More Inclusive at No Cost

How to Become More Inclusive at No Cost

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  • Provide volunteer “greeters” who will arrange to meet individuals with disabilities and families at the entrance to your synagogue and sit with them at services.
  • If sign language interpreters are going to sign the service or event, train greeters or ushers to reserve seating so Deaf congregants and visitors will have access to them.
  • Post signs that direct people to the accessible restrooms.
  • Make sure that your mezuzahs are placed at the bottom of the upper third of the doorway. Not only will more people be able to reach it, but you will be fulfilling this mitzvah in the most ideal way.
  • Have a box of kippahs at the entrance to your sanctuary that is accessible to those who use wheelchairs.
  • Place signs in prominent locations to let your congregants and guests know that you have: large print and Braille siddurim and chumashim, seating for people use wheelchairs, a sign language interpreter and/or assistive listening devices. Also post this information on your website and all printed materials.
  • Provide a quiet room and post a sign with the location for people who may need a sensory break.
  • Include the universal symbol for accessibility in all of your written material, marketing and publicity.
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