AIM Certification Program
Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry (AIM) focuses on welcoming, embracing, integrating, and supporting people with disabilities and their families in our congregations. Its sacred challenge for congregations is recognizing the humanity and gifts of all people. This program extends the efforts described in the document “Accessibility Guidelines for Unitarian Universalist Congregations (PDF)” by creating a certification program whereby congregations can be formally recognized for their commitment and progress.
AIM is a joint program of the Unitarian Universalist Association and EqUUal Access, a Unitarian Universalist organization working to enable the full engagement of people with disabilities and their families in our congregations. We gratefully acknowledge the influence of two Unitarian Universalist Association programs that were models: the Welcoming Congregation Program, which focuses on making congregations more intentionally inclusive toward bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender persons, and the Green Sanctuary Program, which provides a framework for congregations and congregants to proclaim and live out their commitment to the Earth.
There are three phases to be certified as an AIM Congregation.
- Getting Started on the AIM Program
- Conducting Assessments and Creating Your AIM Plan
- Implementing Your AIM Plan
You will need to submit the paperwork packet for each phase to the AIM Administrator for approval before moving to the next phase.
To learn more about the AIM program, visit the following AIM web pages. Note: There are additional UUA web resources (not part of AIM) that can assist you in achieving AIM certification. Some of them are identified in the left margin.
- AIM Principles and Purpose
- AIM Requirements
- AIM Certification Process
- AIM Information
- AIM Workshops
With the exception of our Program Administrator, the AIM Program is staffed by volunteers. To keep the program manageable with this limited staffing, we have created standardized forms for use by local AIM Teams from congregations seeking AIM Certification. We have also included handouts for some of the workshops, general information documents, and links to pages with useful information.
AIM Information Pages
- AIM Certification Program for Congregations Brochure (PDF)
- Accessibility Info on your Website
- AIM FAQ
- AIM Glossary
- AIM History
- Creating Peer Group for People with Disabilities
- AIM Worship Resources
- AIM Project Resources
AIM Application Documents
- AIM Phase I Packet (Word) (PDF)
- AIM Phase II Packet (Word) (PDF)
- AIM Phase III Packet (Word) (PDF)
- Recommended Short Assessments (Word) (PDF)
- Required Accessibility Assessment (Word) (PDF)
- Required Inclusion Assessment (Word) (PDF)
AIM Workshop Handouts
- Guidelines for Conducting Workshops
- Introduction to Disability Work in the Congregation
- For Directors of Religious Education (DREs) and Religious Education (RE) teachers
- Examples of Ableist Privilege
- Areas of Social Justice Work
- Making a Congregation a Welcoming Place
- Examples of Unitarian Universalist Foundations for Justice Work
- Tips and Techniques to Provide a Welcoming Environment for People with Disabilities
Many more handout resources are included with the individual AIM Workshops.
Adult Education Ideas
- Telling Stories
- Discussion of Films, Videos, and/or Books on Disability (PDF)
- Outside Speaker or Panel (PDF)
- Sally Patton’s “Involve Training Materials and Activities: A Guide for Teacher Training (PDF)”
- Famous Artists, Writers and Composers Who Lived with a Disability (PDF)
- Accessibility Guidelines for UU Congregations: Creating Welcoming Congregations for People of all Abilities (PDF)
- Universal Design
- Background on the Americans with Disabilities Act (PDF)
- Annotated list of Accessibility and Inclusion Resources (PDF)
- Examples of Ways for Categorizing Disabilities (PDF)
- Disability awareness in Tapestry of Faith (PDF) curricula
- Additional General Resources (PDF)