Places of worship need to truly value people with special needs, said Ginny Thornburgh, director of the interfaith initiative of the Washington-based American Association of People with Disabilities.
According to a longtime advocate for people with disabilities, the greatest barriers to including special-needs individuals in churches are not architectural or language, but rather barriers of attitude.
It’s a ministry for a population of children many will tell you is typically overlooked or forgotten.
Among the most humbling moments being confined to an electric wheelchair came when Shawana Bulloch realized it could prevent her from attending services at her Savannah church.
This Christmas pageant isn’t just a show, it’s a statement. It says that Mary can have a disability and Joseph can wear an oxygen tank and the Nativity story will be just as sacred, if not more so. “Many people think that our participants always need to be on the receiving end of blessings,” said the Rev. Don Anderson, pastor of Christ for People with Developmental Disabilities. “This proves that they can be a blessing on others, too.”