The large parlor rug is being temporarily removed, to increase accessibility in the parlor for First Parish and other users. In its current installation, the rug poses challenges for assistive technologies such as walkers or wheelchairs, because it can catch, bunch up, and impede mobility. As part of our core values, First Parish affirms our ethical and legal responsibilities to make our spaces as accessible as possible for all. The Parish and Property Committees are researching solutions that are accessible, aesthetic, and promote good acoustics, including reinstalling the rug in a way that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. For questions or suggestions please contact ParishExec@firstparish.info.