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Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
(Exodus 4:11) ESV

You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.
(Leviticus 19:14) ESV

And the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.”
(2 Samuel 9:3) ESV

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
(Isaiah 35:5) ESV

And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.
(Matthew 11:4-5) ESV

So that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel.
(Matthew 15:31) ESV

And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” ...
(Mark 2:1-12) ESV

And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. ... 
(Mark 7:32-37) ESV

And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” And he looked up and said, “I see men, but they look like trees, walking.” Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. And he sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.” ...
(Mark 8:22-35) ESV

He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
(Luke 14:12,13) ESV

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” ...
(John 5:1-47) ESV

And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud ...
(John 9:2-7) ESV

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
(Romans 5:3-5) ESV

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
(2 Corinthians 12:9) ESV1

Inspirational Quotes from Famous People

Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone.
--Martina Navratilova – American Athlete Born 1956

I was slightly brain damaged at birth, and I want people like me to see that they shouldn't let a disability get in the way. I want to raise awareness - I want to turn my disability into ability.
--Susan Boyle – British Musician

It is a lonely existence to be a child with a disability which no-one can see or understand, you exasperate your teachers, you disappoint your parents, and worst of all you know that you are not just stupid.
--Susan Hampshire – English Actress Born 1937

It was ability that mattered, not disability, which is a word I'm not crazy about using.
--Marlee Matlin – American Actress Born 1965

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
--Scott Hamilton – American Athlete Born 19584

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Disabilities and the Bible

It is difficult to agree on what the Bible says about disability. People with disabilities don't want sympathy or pity, they want to be able to have the same opportunities that other people have, and do not want to be singled out or treated differently. The biggest barriers seem to be the way that people treat you or see you.

In Biblical times, people with disabilities were rarely fully-functioning members of society. Jesus' response to disability was often to be 'filled with pity', and then he healed them:

Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. "I am willing," he said. "Be healed!" Mark 1:41

This seems to support what is often called the 'medical' model of disability, where someone with a disability 'has something wrong with them' and 'needs help'.

The Old Testament appears to discriminate against those with disabilities, saying that they cannot join the priesthood: For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God. No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed; no man with a crippled foot or hand, or who is a hunchback or a dwarf, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles. Leviticus 21:17-20

However, there are other ways of interpreting the Biblical message:

Inclusion is right at the heart of the Christian Gospel, for the good news of Jesus is open to all of humanity. This is at no other point clearer in the New Testament than on the day of Pentecost described in Acts 2:1-11. On that day, Jews from all over the known world had gathered in Jerusalem and many of them spoke different languages. Through the Holy Spirit, despite the differences of those gathered, each one was able to learn about ‘God’s deeds of power’ (v.11) in the language they used. The good news was not for an elite few, but was freely accessible to everyone using a medium they were capable of understanding.

Christian people believe today that the Holy Spirit continues to be alongside humanity as the presence of God with us, our advocate and guide. Because of the presence and activity of the Holy Spirit in the world today, the good news of Jesus Christ continues to be accessible to all. Not everyone will understand even a part of the good news presented to them because they have limited abilities, but none of us understand it all for all of us are limited human beings. People with severe learning difficulties or severe communication impairments may not understand anything at all, but we should not underestimate the Spirit's ability to engage with every human being – as they are – and to make known to them the love of Christ for love is something to be experienced and not understood. Some more able-bodied people may be used as instruments by which that love is conveyed, but that can also be true the other way around.

Disabled people together with all other human beings reflect the image of their Creator God. They do not distort that image any more than anyone else simply because their bodies or minds do not conform to what society has defined as ‘normal’. Acknowledging this reality can serve as a reminder that disabled people should be treated as full and not lesser human beings. Each person, in their uniqueness, deserves the respect and love that would be shown to anyone or anything that bears the mark of the Creator.

The words of Jesus seem to sum up a positive view on disability: I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:102


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Definition of Disabilities

1. a. The condition of being disabled; incapacity.

b. The period of such a condition: never received a penny during her disability.

2. A disadvantage or deficiency, especially a physical or mental impairment that interferes with or prevents normal achievement in a particular area.

3. Something that hinders or incapacitates.

4. Law A legal incapacity or disqualification.3     




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