Any congregation planning to build or renovate its facilities will want to use this resource by Marcela Rhoads, registered architect and specialist in understanding and fulfilling the American with Disabilities and the Architectural Barriers acts. Rhoads shares her expertise as she explains the requirements and shows readers how to make facilities accessible for those with disabilities. Some of her teaching addresses the more difficult requirements, which she enhances with photographs. Among other areas, kitchens and bathrooms, entrances and exits, drinking fountains, and playgrounds are addressed. Some of the information in this well-organized and accessible secular resource will not apply to religious institutions (boating facilities, fishing piers, golf clubs, etc.); however, a deep understanding of the reasoning and application of the guidelines can increase a congregation’s sensitivity to those with disabilities and the challenges they face when attempting to access and use churches, synagogues, mosques, and other religious buildings.
Reviewed by Janet Hoover