From Christianity Today:
Welcome the Exceptional
Churches that embrace people with disabilities do more than they imagine.
Summary by Ginny Thornburgh, Director of AAPD's Interfaith Initiative (1/7/10):
The concept of hospitality is central to all religious traditions. This January 2010 Christianity Today “Where We Stand” editorial reminds congregations of the abilities which children and adults with disabilities can contribute to the work, witness and leadership of their church.
Often children with Down syndrome and other disabilities are not valued or thought to be a positive addition to families, congregations or communities. Poorly informed thinking and unexamined attitudes is the cause of tremendous hurt and injustice. The article concludes with the assertion that extending “the sacred gift of friendship” is the most important accommodation that congregations can make to people with disabilities and their families.
How has your faith community responded to your disability? What barriers have you encountered? What supports have you found?