Special Needs Priority for Annual Conference Session


By Laura Lea Williams, Mississippi Conference Staff     

Photo right: As a member of the Mississippi Annual Conference session planning committee, Dr. Scott Crawford serves to make sure there is equal opportunity for those with disabilities to take part in the session.   
The sessions of annual conference is a time for worship, fellowship, and the business of the Mississippi United Methodist Church. The Mississippi Annual Conference desires are for your time at the conference to be as enjoyable and easy to access as possible.

The Jackson Convention Complex provides many features that make the facility friendly to guests with disabilities. These features include accessible parking, automatic entrance doors, wheelchair/motorized scooter accessible elevators, accessible restrooms, and phone and fire alarms for the hearing impaired.
People with a Mississippi disabled parking tag or place card will have access to a designated parking lot at the corner of Court Street and Roach Street.  The Jackson Convention Complex also allows guests to bring their assistive animals. 

For the hearing impaired, there will be listening devices available for worship and plenary sessions as well as American Sign Language offered at the front right of the exhibit hall.

For the third year, sign language interpretation will be provided by Jackson Lifesigns. Jackson Lifesigns was co-founded by Alois Wolverton, Vicki Tiller, and Cindy Long to provide a service that they did not see available in the Jackson metro area. "We all knew one or two deaf people in our lives," said Wolverton. "We ended up starting Jackson Lifesigns so that no one would feel left out."  Wolverton is thrilled that the Mississippi Annual Conference is providing for the deaf community.

There will be a hospitality team at the help desk in the convention center that will be able to provide assistance with any questions.