We know that fall can be a particularly demanding season. We're asking you to set aside about fifteen minutes to help us, the UUMA's Ableism Task Force, conduct an ableism survey within our UUMA.
Your confidential answers will allow us to identify what changes are necessary at UUMA programs and in chapter life so that our welcome to and inclusion of colleagues with disabilities can flourish.
As a team, we share a conviction that it matters who's in the room, and what they need at our UUMA events and programs - and it matters who's not able to enter the room in the first place. We understand ableism as practices and behaviors that make disability a defect, rather than a dimension of human diversity.
In our work, we're choosing not to define disability along medical lines. To some of you, "disability" might mean difficulty hearing or seeing; to others, it means compromised movement. Some of our members consider their mental illness a disability, while others might use that term to describe chemical allergies.
Thank you for answering our questions as candidly and thoughtfully as possible.
Barbara Meyers, co-convener
Josh Pawelek, co-convener
Please respond by October 17, 2017