Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Faith and disability

"VALENTE (to Ms. Betenbaugh): For a person of faith with a serious disability, what's the most painful thing for them?

MS. BETENBAUGH: The fact that other people assume that it's related to lack of faith. If you only had enough faith you'd walk again, or you'd be healed if you could just believe enough or trust enough. "
via pbs.org

This PBS feature from 2001 contains interviews with patients at a rehab hospital who talk about their faith as it relates to acceptance of their disabilities. Although each person's response is different, the article does a good job of conveying the broad range of responses an individual can have after acquiring a disability.

It is important to point out, however, that making broad generalizations about how any person will respond can be counterproductive.

1 comment:

goldchair said...

This is very true. When I think about my friends who have disabilities each one had a different reaction.