A 2014 survey by Scope revealed that 67% of us admit to feeling uncomfortable speaking with a disabled person.
It is one reason why the disabled are often pushed to the margins. God invites us to set aside our discomfort in obedience to his invitation, something Jesus was happy to do throughout his ministry. One key reason for marginalisation is difficulty in accessing necessary resources.
Fifteen per cent of the world’s population and 19% of Britons are disabled, half with an impairment to mobility.
Disabled people are three times more likely to be without qualifications, are four times more likely to be out of work and to be a victim of crime than non-disabled people. With disability increasing with age, only 5% of housing stock is fully accessible.
Our challenge isn’t simply to make life accessible to all, but also to welcome and offer the chance to belong. The Church has the opportunity to demonstrate a diverse, fully integrated, loving and serving community, the kingdom of God.
Are disabled people welcome in your church?
How does your church assist people who are disabled?
Being disabled myself I have a very personal interest in this subject!
With many peaceful blessings