The National Organization on Disability's Accessible Congregations Campaign (ACC) was a national effort in the United States to increase congregational inclusion of people with disabilities. This study's intention was to determine the specific impact of this campaign on the inclusion of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, to gather information about congregation members' perspectives on these efforts, and to identify barriers. A random sample of participating congregations was surveyed. Responses indicated that although most congregations had joined the ACC to increase physical accessibility, most benefits of the program and to congregation members were reported in the arenas of increased acceptance, knowledge, and relationship/emotional ties.
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This project was funded in part by a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (Grant No. H133B080005). Portions of this article are taken from a longer report by the same authors: Impact of Two National Congregational Programs on the Social Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (available at: http:/rtc.umn.edu/docs/CongregationalInclusion.pdf) Address correspondence to Angela Novak Amado, Research Associate, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, 204 Pattee Hall, Minneapolis, MN 55116. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Accessible Congregations Campaign
- congregation members' attitudes
- social inclusion