Assess Parish Accessibility

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus is consistently works to create an inclusive community for all God's children. The church continues the mission of Christ by helping people with disabilities who overcome physical barriers to full participation in the Body of Christ. We offer these ways to assist in this journey. Parishes can Open Doors through greater accessibility and use of universal design in physical spaces. Let us begin the journey together with these tools.


Goal: Identify and publicize parish facilitates that are currently physically accessible to all people. Using a building access-ment, we ask parish advocates in conjunction with parish staff, building manager and/or maintenance staff to complete assessments of all parish buildings. Willing parishes can be published information on this website.  We would like to see one parish that is completely accessible in each vicariate.  We encourage parishes to host activities at these locations whenever possible.  View the report from S.S. Peter and Paul, Williamsville.

Parish accessibility is more than just getting into a church.  Consider the rest rooms.  What if there is a funeral breakfast? Can someone with a wheelchair access the hall, rest rooms or school to partake in an activity?  Can everyone approach the altar?  Are there barriers to serving in a liturgical function at Mass?

Here is a list of parish accessibility by city and county. 

City of Buffalo

Cattaraugus County

Chautauqua County

            Erie County (outside Buffalo)

Genesee/Wyoming County

Niagara/Orleans County

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