The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry (AIM) Credentialing program is a congregational program focused on welcoming, embracing, integrating and supporting people with visible and invisible disabilities and their families in our congregations.
In June 2021, after a comprehensive, multi-year process, DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church (DuPage UU) became the seventh UU church in the country to become an AIM Certified Congregation.
In collaboration with several church committees, program teams, and congregants, the AIM Certification process included:
- Approval from DuPage UU’s Board of Trustees to begin working toward AIM Certification
- An accessibility and inclusion evaluation of the church building, grounds, and church programs
- Projects to improve accessibility and inclusion such as installing an accessible patio, installing a hearing loop in the sanctuary, improved lighting, inclusive signage, and website improvements
- AIM themed Sunday Services on topics such as the Disability Justice Movement and Accessibility During the Pandemic
- Forums on Ableism and on Affordable and Accessible Housing
- A social justice project to increase affordable and accessible housing in the community
- A congregational survey to assess the impact of the AIM’s work on awareness and understanding of accessibility, inclusion, and disability issues at church and in the wider community
- A vote by church members to overwhelmingly support our commitment to become and remain an AIM Certified Congregation
The DuPage UU AIM Team continues to work to improve accessibility and inclusion for all people in our congregation.
If you have questions about AIM at DuPage UU, have accessibility or inclusion questions, suggestions, or concerns at church, and/or would like to join the DuPage UU AIM Team, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about accommodations provided at DuPage UU can be found on the ADA Accessibility Statement page.
More information about AIM and accessibility resources can be found on the Disability and Accessibility page of the UUA website.
UU programs and resources for people with disabilities can be found on the EqUUal Access website.