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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 16, 1991 Speakers, urge more accessibility for disabled By CAROL MCLEOD Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Catholic Church has a hmg way to go to make its fa- (:tittles more accessil)le to persons with disabilities, speakers said at a national conference in Washington held to address issues con- fronting the disabled. Although religious institu- tions, unlike public facilities, are not legally required to be accessible, that doesn't mean the church shouldn't comply, said Mary Jane Owen, the keynote speaker. "We don't want our theaters to be more welcoming than our churches." More than 300 people at- tended the conference Aug. 6- 10 at The Catholic University of America It was jointly sponsored by the National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities and the Na- tional Apostolate with Men- tally Retarded Persons. "What we're doing is shar- ing the challenge with each other and looking for solu- tions together," said Ms. Owen, executive director of the National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities. In her address, Ms. Owen, who is partially deaf and blind and uses a wheelchair, discussed the implications of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law by President Bush in July 1990 and scheduled to take effect in July 1992. Home health care services begin in Jasper Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper has established a home health care services program. It is called, "Home Care Services of Memorial Hospital," and is under the direction of Janet Chattin, R.N.. The program is designed for patients who require an alternative to nursing home or lengthy hospital stays. Pro- fessional staff will provide skilled nursing services for patients in their homes. Among the services made available through the program are the following: home health procedures for bathing, personal care and mobility assurance; physical, occupational and speech therapy, social services; intra- venous therapy, diabetic teaching and ostomy care. Services will be covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance, according to the announcement issued by the hospita!. Chattin is a native of Knox County. She earned her nursing degree from Vin- cennes University. Chattin joined Daviess County Hospital in Washing- ton as a home care visiting nurse in 1989 and assumed the directorship of its home care services in 1990. The regulations are aimed at guaranteeing job opportu-! nities for the disabled as well as easier access to the work- place. It would require em- ployers to make "reasonable" accommodations for them, in- cluding modifications of equipment and work sched- ules. Owen suggested that partic- ipants become familiar with the specifics outlined in the legislation and use the docu- I IIIII merit in approaching their bist?0p, , ad pas,t9rf .ab9t more accessibility in churches. "We must strive to make the ideal of full in(:lusion a reality," she said. Dorothy Coughlin, director of the Office of Special Pas- toral Services in Oregon, also emplmsized the need to i.m- plement this do(:ument in the church. "This is a rich oppor- tunity for the church to lead," she said. She suggested tile (ihurch take its leadership role based on the example of Ghan(li and the Rev. Martin Lutlier King Jr. "Any liberation of oppressed peol)le (:an only go to make a difference and to make peol)le feel wel(:ome." In her own state only " per- II I I III I cent of the churches are ac" cessible. "We still get too ex" cited whmi i(church becomes a(:cessible instead of saying, "It's al)out time,'" she said. Charles Gol(hnan, who has written a guidebook on dis" come about through a change atnhty rights, challenged par "  " , ,'..eral of heart," she said. tic:ipants to make tin, .;(, She told participants thal "law work in h)(:al comnlurfi" "the church has a long way to ties."We're ill a period where it's critical lo work togethe -- we're at the beginning tbe journey," he said. I I I Family Fun For veryone St. Benedict Summer Social Thursday - Friday - Saturday August 22, 23, 24, 1991 St. Benedict Parish Grounds 1312 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville RAFFLE! $5,000 L TO BE GIVEN AWAY / T 1st Prize $2,500 / , 4' ,nd Prize =1,ooo , @ t" 3rd, 4th and i ]'  , 5th Prize $500 each "" . jr Draw!ng Aug. 26 I ,1' Hamburgers Fish Sandwiches Corn Dogs Drinks Baked Goods Pizza Bingo Adblt Rides Putt Putt Kiddie Rides Darts White Elephant Booth Games Crafts ' CHICKEN and ROAST BEEF DINNERS "' '" Served 4:30 to 7:30 p,m. Served cafeteria style in air-conditioned cafeteria. 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