After 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.
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.
We 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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