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5 Reasons You Should Be Talking About Disabilities

Is all this talk about disabilities a passing fad? Why do I feel like I'm hearing so much about people with disabilities? Do you think we are over diagnosing everyone with ADHD?


All these questions have become more and more a regular part of our conversations. So how can we contribute more effectively to this conversation? Here is some rationale for why you need to be the one leading the conversation instead of feeling confused or unconnected.


1. Disabilities are increasingly prevalent

In just 1 year alone, students with a recognized and supported disability within public schools jumped from 6.4 million to 6.7 million. We know so much more about disabilities nowadays, but keep in mind that anyone with a disability was institutionalized or aborted up until very recently, even into the 1990s. Mothers who have been told they have conceived a child with Down Syndrome are still encouraged to abort to this day, roughly 67% of those confirmed with prenatal diagnosis. Can you imagine your life without the joy of that amazing smile and spunk?!

boy with down syndrome playing blocks and smiling


2. It's about human dignity

People with disabilities-and the parents and caretakers that advocate for them-have to work tirelessly to get the same experiences and access as those without disabilities. When we acknowledge that everyone with a disability deserves to have the same quality of life as everyone else, we are honoring their dignity as persons and children of God.


3. It is our duty as believers

Jesus encourages us to love our neighbor and we should listen to Him. In 1 Corinthians 12:26, it says, "If one is honored, everyone rejoices" God knew that the second most important thing in the universe was to love each other. When we focus on loving each other effectively and well, we are better Christians.

a book with a floral cross on the front that says "you are loved"

4. You are a better human and friend

When you understand the ways that certain disabilities impact those who have them, you are a more compassionate, empathetic person. It is so easy to make assumptions about people with disabilities if you don't take the time to understand what they may be going through. You avoid condescension and disconnect when you are able to interact authentically.


5. People with disabilities are just like us

Do you yearn to be loved, have community, and grow into the best version of yourself? Yeah, me too! And people with disabilities want the same quality of life we all deserve. Some of us have some great skills and then also some things that are difficult for us. It's most important to celebrate strengths and learn to grow into who we were created to be while leading a meaningful life.


 

References:

  • https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator_cgg.asp

  • https://www.healthline.com/health-news/the-debate-over-terminating-down-syndrome-pregnancies#5

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