Words can sustain negative stigma and myths or they can communicate respect and sensitivity.
When you meet a person with a disability, choose words that say what you mean--that you see them
first as a person with many abilities. Talk to the person directly,
instead of their companion or interpreter.
“The road home from war is longer, steeper and often more challenging than the road to war for most soldiers and their families. …Yellow ribbons are nice and much appreciated. Love, support and a ‘cup of cold water’, however, is the incarnational gift of Christ, through His Church, to the combat veteran and family.” These words were written by Major John Morris who served as a military chaplain in Iraq and started the program, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. John believes churches can be a helpful partner in the readjustment process. Here are some ways to support the veterans and their families in your parish.
Many people with disabilities are remembered especially during the season of Advent as needy recipients of charity. Families, parishioners, and coworkers look for opportunities to buy gifts for those less fortunate, less healthy, and less wealthy. The able-bodied become the designated "givers" and the disabled become the designated "receivers".
20.6 million American adults are blind or living with vision loss that is not corrected by wearing glasses or contact lenses (National Health Interview Survey 2012). The following are some tips to facilitation interaction among people with and without 20/20 vision.