Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry (AIM)

USH has created a 20-member AIM task force, many of whom identify as having a disability, charged with the following mission:

To welcome, integrate, and support people with physical or psychological disabilities and their families in our congregation.

To support this mission, the task force has completed several workshops, developed projects, and made connections. The task force offered a workshop on the AIM work at the UU state conference, Cluster Connections. It also led a Sunday service focused on accessibility and inclusion entitled “Sharing Our Stories”, hosted the “Free At Last Players” workshop focused on reducing mental illness stigma, conducted a workshop on using the new hearing loop in the Sanctuary and a webinar on mental health offered by the UUA New England Region. A hearing loop has been installed in the Sanctuary. Mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships have been made with groups inside and outside of the church—on the outside, with Unified Theater, the University of Hartford, and Hartford Stage. The task force also identified physical problems that would hinder a rapid evacuation of the Meeting House in the case of an emergency and fixed many of them. We also conducted a survey of the congregation to better understand what changes people wanted to improve their experiences at the Meeting House.

AIM task force meeting minutes are posted in the Member section of this website.

There are six task force sub groups:

  • Mobility
  • Perception
  • Mental Health
  • Food and Chemical Sensitivities
  • Learning and Intellectual Disabilities
  • Chronic Pain and Illness