Annual Accessibility Audit form for United Methodist Churches

November 01, 2021

Provided by the Disability Ministries Committee of The United Methodist Church

Per Paragraph 2533.6 of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016, “The board of trustees shall conduct or cause to be conducted an annual accessibility audit of their buildings, grounds, and facilities to discover and identify what physical, architectural, and communication barriers exist that impede the full participation of persons with disabilities and shall make plans and determine priorities of the elimination of all such barriers. It is highly encouraged that members of the congregation or from the community who have disabilities, who are family members of persons with disabilities, and who are builders or architects or rehabilitation professionals be involved in conducting the audit. The Accessibility Audit for churches shall be used in filling out the annual church and/or charge conference reports.”

What an audit entails

An accessibility audit is a list of items your congregation can use for self-assessment. Conducting an audit does not guarantee compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, building codes, or other legal requirements, but it can be used to alert you to potential problems and possible solutions. The 59 questions guide you through the process and help you complete the report for Charge Conference preparation. The audit covers physical layout and facilities as well as communication, welcoming, and worship practices. Your congregation can prioritize modifications needed and set goals to work towards over time.

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