When you’re at the point of “thinking about design” – in launching a new outreach or planting a church – think about what’s important to know and perceive, and about how that can be clear to EVERYONE.
There is no “handicapped access” to the Kingdom… People with disabilities “enter by the same door” as everyone else.
This is where “ableism” originates: “we” establish “ourselves” as “normal” – and having done so, what works (for “us”) works. Period. “Others” are not in view, because they are, by definition, “exceptions.”
The fabric of transformation is woven from threads of human relationships… which require, as much as anything, time.
“Sharing life with a person with a disability can teach important lessons about how people who are dealing with struggles, challenges, and situations that we couldn’t imagine ourselves to be in, can deal with them, and not only remain human but be victorious.”