Special Needs Blog

Visible Disabilities

Picture someone you know with a disability. Often we think of visible disabilities - those easily identifiable when meeting the person. This could include Down's Syndrome, blindness, or disabilities requiring a person to use a wheelchair. Stereotypes, intentional or not, often frustrate these individuals. When encountering this person, you may have thoughts like, “People with disabilities are different from most of us,” or, “The burden of disability is heavy and other people stand under obligation to help them,” or, “A disability is a sickness, something to be fixed or cured.” While these pictures of disability are not intentionally misaligned, they can limit the humanity of those who are affected by them and devalue the person. It is highly probable that the person with a disability is quite capable of ministering the Gospel to you in powerful ways.