No Stumbling Blocks: Disability, Autism and the Church (Leviticus 19:14)

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation at church with a member who has a son with rare but severe disabilities; eventually it will take his life prematurely. Often, she and her husband cannot attend church because their son requires 24/7 medical care. She was passionate about how the church universal needs to be more mindful of those in the church family who have disabilities, whether that person attends the service or not, and those who are their caregivers (should they require one). Here’s a great post calling for churches to be more aware of the members’ needs, and actively work to integrate those members who may be marginalized for their “disability.” Everyone is valuable and everyone has gifts that can build the church. Integration may make some uncomfortable, may require creative thinking, and may be difficult for those who like things “their” way. But it’s worth the effort!

The Left Hand of Ehud: Matt's Bible Blog

World-autism-awareness-day“Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the LORD”

Leviticus 19:14 is one of those verses that you’d hope was unnecessary. The idea that someone would deliberately trip a blind person, or exploit someone’s deafness, is reprehensible and offends our sensibilities. Don’t put stumbling blocks in the way of the blind or wheelchair users or those with autism or…

Parenting autistic children is a whirlwind of emotions – love, compassion, joy, frustration, anger, exhaustion, happiness, doubt, occasionally all within five minutes. It’s the invisible stuff that most defines autistic life – always knowing where the exits are, always building extra time into itineraries to make room for the epic putting on of shoes, always having to be one step ahead of your child’s individual quirks and traits and obsessions. People don’t see these things, the battles…

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