When people think of disability they think broken, not working properly, and not able to do something.
So here is the thing. I have a son with many disabilities and I have never thought of him as disabled. Last year someone sent me a link on Face Book about Disability Awareness Month. I read it and I turned around and asked my husband, “Does Aaron have a Disability ?” My husband just looked wide eyed at me and responded with a yes. He was shocked that I even asked.
I never really thought of my son as having disabilities. I know that sounds naïve. He is nonverbal and there is lots of things he can not do. When I start listing the things that he can do, most people don’t think it is a lot. Some people might say that his accomplishments are small. Oh but I don’t listen to most people. I think He is pretty amazing. His smile and his laughter is contagious. He lights up my day when he comes and snuggles with me. He has taught me so much about love. He has taught me how to communicate better. He loves life and even though his life has many challenges he is almost always happy. His life is simple and I love that about him. What if we all had the ability to live a simple, happy life and love life?!
So don’t feel sorry for my son or other people with disabilities. Just pray. Pray for grace, acceptance, and love for all children and adults with disabilities. Pray for their families and pray for the challenges they may face. Look at them through a different lens, see them for who they are and not their disability.