Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends


The Access Resources team is eager to hear from Friends about specific needs which must be met to enable their attendance and full participation in the Gathering. We will do all that we can to meet these needs. For example, golf cart shuttles are available for Friends with mobility limitations. When registering, please check all “Accessibility Needs” that apply, adding appropriate details. You may also contact the Gathering Office with questions, or the Access Needs Coordinators, Peg Bernstein & Rebecca Sullivan.

Accessibility at Grinnell College for the 2019 Gathering

The compact Grinnell College campus is flat with mild slopes and buildings are connected with sidewalks. The classroom buildings, Student Center and Rec center are accessible.

View a map of the Grinnell campus with accessible entrances, pathways, and bathrooms marked.

Dorm and Living Accommodations: There are a mixture of dorms with and without AC and with and without elevators. Some have 3–4 steps onto the 1st floor or down to the basement. There are very few refrigerators on campus. Please email or call the Gathering office in advance if you require refrigerator access for medical needs.

Other forms of accessibility

  • Financial Accessibility - FGC wants Friends of all financial means to attend the Gathering.
  • Groups- Many groups at the Gathering offer a unique opportunity for Friends with similar interests to have their own program in the afternoons or late evenings. Find out how you can schedule an event.
  • Fragrance Sensitivities  - The Gathering includes people with asthma and chemical sensitivities which are triggered by fragrances. Help these Friends stay healthy by doing your best to bring fragrance-free toiletries (or buy them at the Gathering Store). If you have fragrance senstivities or allergies, read about steps taken to limit air-borne allergens and fragrances at the Gathering.
  • Airport Transportation - including transportation for motorized scooters and anyone who needs a ramp or lift to get into a vehicle.