We’ve looked at the accessibility options for the dioceses of Cleveland and Columbus, so I figured I might as well finish the dioceses left in the Ohio: Cincinnati, Toledo, and Steubenville. We’ll look at Steubenville tomorrow.

Next up: Cincinnati.

Now, Cincinnati is the worst–thus far. First off, the search function isn’t prominently displayed, so you get to play “click on random links and see what you find.” Eventually, I found “resources for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired” after I found the search function and put in “deaf”.

Here’s what’s on that page: (successive screen shots)

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These are “resources”? Not for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. They’re resources for people who work with them.

That is not what we need.

 

But then, if you search again, you finally find this page, which is useful!

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However, notice something?

PHONE NUMBERS.

Phone.

Numbers.

We’ve covered this. 

Sigh.

 

That’s Cincinnati. Here’s Toledo.

Toledo wins the prize thus far, people!

First off, search function right at the top of the website. Win!

And then, this page! 

Notice all the GREAT THINGS about it:

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We have an easy layout.

We have an email link that works!

We have multiple ways of contact. 

And then, we have other things! Look at what Toledo provides:

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I mean, look at this! 

Now, I’m not in the Diocese of Toledo, so I can’t say how well or not well they do these things. But look at those resources!

On the next, clearly labeled tab, we have Deaf Ministries, which has Masses that are translated:

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This is great, guys. (Although–most Sundays? What does that mean, most Sundays? I guess that’s when you’d email the office to find out….)

So, Diocese of Toledo, you are winning.

And look at this! Adaptive catechesis!  Picture missals! Limited language resources! Autism resources! Under Deaf Ministry, there is ASL and CC’d sacrament prep!

If you are in the Diocese of Toledo, you have struck a gold mine.

Mad props, Diocese of Toledo!

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