UUAA Accessibility & Inclusion Ministry (AIM)
Social Justice Action- March 2017
UUAA AIM recently began a campaign to lobby Congress to OPPOSE proposed changes in the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”). We believe the proposed changes will HARM PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.
We ask everyone who agrees to contact their members of Congress – Democrats or Republicans as the case may be – and express their concerns.
Rationale: AIM endorses the issue analysis prepared by the Society of Friends (Quakers) legislative lobbying office in Washing DC – please download it here. This analysis demonstrates that the proposed changes to ACA will harm people with disabilities.
Contacts: Please download contact information for reaching your members of Congress. Postal mail is slowest because all mailed items must be inspected for security reasons. We suggest calling the Washington DC offices of members of Congress who represent you.
THANK YOU for working with us to oppose these harmful changes in the ACA health insurance law.
Including, accepting, and celebrating the gifts of everyone and the diversity of humankind is…. A response that represents the best of religious traditions and beliefs and illustrates the heart of key theological issues, --Mark I. Pinsky
In 2016 our congregation became the first UU congregation to complete our Accessibility & Inclusion Ministry certification. Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry (AIM) is a joint program of the Unitarian Universalist Association and EqUUal Access. It focuses on welcoming, embracing, integrating, and supporting people with disabilities and their families in our congregations.
The UUAA Accessibility Team was established in Autumn 2013 after UUAA was officially recognized as a pilot site for the program. The AIM certificate program helps guide congregations in their efforts to be more welcoming to people with disabilities and to strengthen the accessibility and inclusiveness of their facilities, policies, activities, and attitudes, in keeping with the UU First Principle that we affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
By partnering with several other UUAA programs, the Accessibility & Inclusion Ministry at UUAA has:
- offered educational workshops / forums,
- collaborated with the UUAA Worship Team on accessibility- and inclusion-focused worship services,
- completed numerous accessibility and inclusion projects, and
- completed several social justice actions.
The UUAA AIM Team continues to maintain and enhance a comprehensive and sustainable program that provides guidance, resources, education and other events that address this congregation's needs in all matters related to disability. We are also available to mentor other UU congregations interested in UUA AIM Certification.
The resources page for EqUUal Access gives additional links and much more information