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People With Disabilities Are PEOPLE Too!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/out-of-a-pure-heart-ministries-evangelist-theresa-scott/2013/09/16/people-with-disabilities-are-people-too

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The challenges people with disabilities face are not limited to the church building. Have you ever seen a deaf person trying to get help at the gas company? If they can’t read lips, they’re usually out of luck. There are no interpreters for them, and sometimes their problems are so detailed that trying to write out what they need is nearly impossible.

On this past Friday, a woman whom I didn’t know, walked up to me and invited me to her church this Sunday. Because my husband is in a wheelchair, I can never answer “YES” without considering if the place is wheelchair accessible for him. When I asked her was her church wheelchair accessible, she looked at me as if she was startled and said “No. We are not. Nobody has ever asked me that question”. It’s 2013 and some facilities can’t “afford” to upgrade their buildings to make them accessible for those in wheelchairs or for those like myself who have problems walking or climbing stairs. We want to make a change so that ALL MAY WORSHIP at the church building of their choice, instead of always having to go to Bedside Baptist Church of the Apostolic, A.M.E. Pentecostal Holiness Church of GOD in Christ television church.

It’s 2013 and it’s time for change. People with disabilities or CHALLENGES want equality inside and outside of the church. GOD is an equal-opportunity GOD. HE wants people to be free to worship HIM despite their challenges and people should be able to worship wherever they choose.

I think it’s sad that people who have not had to face any physical, mental, or developmental challenge are so non-compassionate towards people who have to face these challenges every day. Some people’s attitudes change so much that you would think a disabled person is nothing but a major problem to them. Disabled people are people too and should be treated as such, not looked down upon as a group of people who are in the way.

I know this part of the blog will face criticism, but just as equally as people are fighting for equal rights for same-sex couples, I feel as compassionate about this cause for people with disabilities or CHALLENGES. It’s time for the prejudice, ALL PREJUDICE to die.

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Blogtalkradio With Bishop Scott ~ The Church and The Disabled

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UNFORTUNATELY, MANY CHURCH FOLK HAVE NOT ACCEPTED THIS FACT.
See this man pictured below? He has a compelling story of how people treat him, a Bishop, because he has bipolar disorder.

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Why can’t he serve GOD? Just because he has Bipolar disorder, people treat him like he shouldn’t teach, preach or do the word of GOD………..HE IS NOT FROM ANOTHER PLANET! He just has a mental disorder which is under control through prayer and yes, dare I say it, medication. How many people are not being ministered to because of prejudices against him? SMH    We need more men like him who are willing to go into his own pocket and help the homeless and hungry. The homeless and hungry don’t care if he has bipolar disorder or not. They just want to be fed and can you believe that church folk won’t even help him fund the work of feeding the homeless and hungry? SMH again.

Some seem to think that a disabled person is incapable of serving the LORD. Unfortunately, many don’t even take the time to SEE WHAT A DISABLED PERSON MAY LIKE TO DO WITHIN THE CHURCH. How many churches have you seen with wheelchair accessible choir stands for those who may desire to sing in the choir? How about for those who even have to use a walker for assistance? How many churches do you see with disabled pastors, elders, apostles, evangelists, deacons, ushers, prophets, trustees, Sunday school teachers?

Now here’s another Bishop. This one is in a wheelchair. He has one hip. The other hip was fused together when he was 18 years old. There is a metal rod in that hip. That same fused hip was broken in 2008 when he fell down 13 steps. He can’t get operated on because of the years of scar tissue. He also has Cerebral Palsy. His right hand is withered and spasms. His legs and feet cramp all the time. There is never a day that he is without pain. Read some of his accomplishment, below:

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This man is in a wheelchair. He’s my husband. He’s a bishop. Many people treat him as if he has a mental challenge because he is sitting in a wheelchair. He has a loud voice. He has a sound mind. He speaks very well. He went to Temple University and he also taught high school History, economics and some other subjects. But many churches overlook the fact that he’s done all of that and then some. In fact, he pastored in the A.M.E. church for almost 20 years. He is 61 years old, but there is nothing wrong with his brain. Unfortunately, people look at his physical appearance and think he is mentally challenged or “retarded”. He currently hosts a blogtalkradio program every Monday entitled, Disabled People are People Too. Get to know him and you will see differently. Here is a link from this evening’s broadcast:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/out-of-a-pure-heart-ministries-evangelist-theresa-scott/2013/08/26/the-church-and-the-disabled

So, you see, people with disabilities should not all be lumped into the same pot. There are high functioning “disabled” people. My husband calls them Physically, mentally, or developmentally challenged because the truth of the matter is this: We ALL have some type of challenge. It may not be as noticeable or severe as the two men highlighted in this article, but we all have some type of challenge. I encourage you to look at people with challenges as PEOPLE too.