Gretchen Maune

Full name: Gretchen Marie Maune (She/They)

Image of Gretchen Maune: A white non-binary person with dark brown straight hair and blush lipstick, weard a black short sleeve shirt and holding a white cane with a black handle.

As Accessibility Resources Coordinator, Gretchen will provide virtual resources for Unitarian Universalist congregational and organizational leaders to create spaces, events, programs and communities which are accessible and inclusive to disabled participants.

Gretchen is a white, queer, autistic, blind, disabled UU living in Columbia, Missouri. She serves the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia (UUCC) as a Worship Associate, and has previously served on its Board of Trustees, and as a multi-time delegate to GA.

In 2017, Gretchen co-founded UUCC’s Disability Justice and Inclusion Team (DJIT), and has chaired it for over five years. UUCC’s DJIT seeks to foster an inclusively designed environment, with a congregational commitment to combating ablism, where all individuals feel radically welcome and are able to participate in every aspect of the church and community. She has consulted on accessibility for nonprofits, companies, and government entities across the country. She is excited to apply her experience and knowledge to help the UUA and its congregations do their work with a lens to disability justice and accessibility lens.

Gretchen holds a Master’s of Public Affairs from the University of Missouri’s Truman School of Public Affairs, and a Bachelor’s in English, also from MU. She’s worked as a Community Organizer in the fields of both economic and reproductive justice for GRO—Grass Roots Organizing, and for NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri. She’s also worked as a public education lobbyist for the Missouri National Education Association, the largest union in Missouri. Gretchen has been appointed to the Columbia Disabilities Commission, and the city’s Public Transit Advisory Commission. In addition, she has served as a board member with multiple nonprofits, and volunteers her time with Missouri Faith Voices, bringing a disabled perspective to their work.

In her free-time, Gretchen enjoys reading, playing D&D, and hanging out with her Seeing-Eye Dog, Royal.

From Gretchen Maune

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is now in its 13th year, I’m excited about the programs hosted by advocates around the world to raise awareness around digital accessibility.

By Gretchen Maune | May 17, 2024 | From Uplift Access
Tagged as: Disability & Accessibility

In their 2021 article, the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network explained that the month’s purpose is “to change the conversation around autism, shifting it away from stigmatizing “autism awareness” language that presents autism as a threat to be countered with vigilance.

By Gretchen Maune | May 17, 2024 | From Uplift Access
Tagged as: Disability & Accessibility

The practice of self-descriptions creates a more accessible and inclusive space for participants who are blind or who have low-vision.

By Gretchen Maune | March 15, 2024 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Disability & Accessibility

March 1st was the annual Disability Day of Mourning, and my feed was full of vigil videos and sorrow. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network and other organizations began using this date twelve years ago to memorialize the disabled beloveds we lose each year to filicide, the murder by a family member or

By Gretchen Maune | March 11, 2024 | For Multigenerational | From Uplift Access
Tagged as: Disability & Accessibility

As UUs, our eighth principle calls us to fight for systemic change against oppression. While we don’t all have the platform of Rev. Dr. William Barber, we can all advocate in our own way. May your new year be full of opportunities to affect change and excellent movie experiences!

By Gretchen Maune | February 1, 2024 | From Uplift Access
Tagged as: Disability & Accessibility

Despite the bright, twinkling lights and the chiming bells, some of us are full of grief, fear, and pain. We believe there should be a time to honor these feelings as well.

By Gretchen Maune | December 12, 2023 | For Families, Multigenerational | From Uplift Access
Tagged as: #DisabilityJustice, 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), Anti-Oppression, Disability, Health, Spirituality, Unitarian Universalism, Wholeness, Disability & Accessibility

The more I fill my life with people who love me for who I am, the more I’m able to unmask my autism, be open about my blindness and my depression, and freely share my gender and sexuality.

By Gretchen Maune | October 31, 2023 | For Multigenerational | From Uplift Access
Tagged as: Disability & Accessibility

Even though my blindness and anxiety disorder make them an extra-chaotic experience at times, I’ve kept going because of that renewed sense of strength and purpose that fills my veins when I connect with fellow activists who, like me, know we can change the world.

By Gretchen Maune | October 31, 2023 | For Multigenerational | From Uplift
Tagged as: LGBTQ Welcome & Equality

In honor Deaf Awareness Month may you consider all the many blessings and gifts that we receive from the deaf community and be mindful of deaf inclusion in your congregation and all spaces every day of the year.

By Gretchen Maune | September 20, 2023 | From Uplift Access
Tagged as: Disability & Accessibility

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