A disabled bursts into tears

Picture 057After one week of discussion on the subject of people with disabilities, here is the concluding post. I wish to thank all those who participated in the debate. Read the very pertinent and edifying comments here.

At a Church gathering shortly before I published this post, I was at the closing of the week of prayer for Christian unity. Among the Christians was someone with a disability. The Christians spontaneously made a huge collection to assist him.The gentleman was so moved he could not contain his tears.

What is your attitude towards people with disabilities?
A lot of people in society pity people with disabilities. Some people feel superior to them.
There is no reason, whatsoever, to pity or feel superior to anyone with disability. This is not what such people need. What they need is love, understanding, and opportunities to exploit their potentials like any other person.photos from scholarship[ (1)
Many of them have unbelievable potentials. There is at least one thing in which they can excel.
One time U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was disabled on his leg.
Your disability can actually contribute to your rise to eminence.
Yet, there are some people with disabilities who sit around; do nothing; only expecting pity, sympathy and charity. This, of course, is like many so-called able-bodied persons.
We need to develop a positive attitude towards people with disabilities; open our hearts and extend a hand to them just as we can do to anyone, with love and respect, not condescendingly.
DSCN0486We must never lose sight of the fact that people with disabilities are humans like any other person. They have dreams, aspirations, needs, likes and dislikes.
Anyone can become disabled. There are many people who think they are not disabled when, indeed, they are; perhaps not physically but psychologically. This is worse than physical disability.
Disability does not ring a bell when it comes. It can take one unawares through blindness, an accident, a stroke, etc.
Wisdom thus demands that we treat people with disabilities as we would like to be treated if we happen to become disabled ourselves.

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  2. I’m a psychological disabled person and its difficult for me to get and hold down a job. When I don’t work people accuse me of being lazy, taking advantage of government money, and taking medications I really don’t need. When I do get a job people gripe because I’m slow and need more time to complete a task and I end up getting fired. So I looked at what my talents and desires are and decided I need to start my own business. I like the advantage of being able to work at a slower pace if I need to do that and there is no one pressuring me to work faster. I am content and happy with my situation and like the flexibility that comes with being self employed. And its nice to know that I can contribute something to society, and God accepts that. Why should I worry what people think?

  3. What a wonderful article! Wonderful thoughts about treating people with love and respect! I also appreciate the thoughts about people can also have psychological disabilites. God bless you!

  4. Blessed are the hands which aided this brother with a disability. I pray the good will intentions of the givers outweighed the effects of his disability.

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