Awareness begins right where we are, with the people in our lives. Make lists of the following groups, either in your mind or on a sheet of paper. For this activity, don’t get hung up on the definition of disability, but rather think of people with visible or hidden disabilities who may need accommodations in order to participate or who have difficulty managing daily activities in typical ways and need technology or assistance for some tasks.
- List persons with disabilities in your family.
- List persons with disabilities among your friends and acquaintances.
- List persons with disabilities in your workplace or other community organizations that you participate in.
- List persons with disabilities in your congregation.
Looking at your lists, consider these questions:
Which list has the most people in it? Do they overlap at all?
Identify who is not at the table in your congregation. Who is missing and who is present but not fully involved in the life of the church?