This year during Annual Conference, the Susquehanna Conference passed a motion to celebrate Disability Awareness Sunday on the second Sunday of October! We hope that you will join the Disability Ministries Task Force of the Susquehanna Conference as we celebrate this special Sunday. Although this article was originally written for use within the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church, it includes ideas and resources you can use in your own congregation! There are lots of ways you can be involved!
Cheri writes, “I AM PROUD AND DISABLED! Plain and simple. I am many things. I am a mom and a grandma. I am a friend and a sister. I am a person with a disability. I have a great life!”
I am really excited about my self-made business OARCID Services which stands for Organizing Accessible Resources & Connections on Inclusion & Disability. I really enjoy spreading awareness and advocating about disabilities. I want people to know that they are not alone in their journey, and that people are fighting for accessibility and rights. I hope that I can reach my overall goal of having a community centre where I can employ people with disabilities and really reach others. But for now small baby steps in helping businesses/organizations become more accessible and inclusive.
Tristan wants the world to know that you can be both disabled AND happy. She speaks candidly about the impact of COVID-19 on the disability community, and shares her candid thoughts on prayer.
Jessica says, "I make YouTube videos. I saw a severe lack of blind college students when I was about to start college, so I decided to make my channel so that I could share my voice and story. Just sitting in front of a camera, and talking about issues that I’m really passionate about is really cathartic for me. It is just really nice to have my own little space on the internet."
In our third installment of More than Meets the Eye: Interview with the Disability Community, we hear from Letitia Bouwer, a young woman from Namibia who has been blind since birth. she also loves to sing and play the piano.
"I really wish people understood that blindness isn’t something to be afraid of. It changes a few logistics about how life works, but it doesn’t in itself make people physically needy, mentally slow, or overly unhappy. People who are blind pursue meaningful careers, raise children, engage in hobbies, and live full lives at all ages." -J.E. Pinto
"They see that I am independent and strong but they don’t see that I am loyal and a hard worker." -Carolyn McGhee