Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

On Persons with Disabilities

Adopted by the CCAR at the 94th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Los Angeles, March 13-16, 1983

WHEREAS we look with favor on the increased awareness of the needs of the physically disabled in our society; and

WHEREAS we believe that providing the disabled with access to public buildings and assuring them of equal opportunities in employment and education are positive and progressive acts; and

WHEREAS we note especially the efforts being undertaken by the National Association of Temple Administrators to assure the physically disabled maximal access to our synagogues so that they can fully participate in our many activities,

THEREFORE we call upon each rabbi to exert leadership within his/her congregation or institution to provide for the needs of the disabled. Specifically, we recommend, where appropriate, the creation of unhindered access to the synagogue and its facilities and grounds, including the Bima and adequate parking. We recommend further the creation of a group within the synagogue to provide advocacy for persons with disabilities with regard to architectural and attitudinal issues.