Pastoral Care Blog

CELEBRATE PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES

By Ron Fisher
Associate Director of Pastoral Care

Did you know that in the month of December there is an International Day of Persons with Disabilities?

In 1992, the United Nations honed its focus on promoting the well-being and welfare of people living with disabilities, and called for an international day of celebration for people living with disabilities to be held on December 3 each year. Since then, they have used that date to:

  • Celebrate: to recognize and value the diversity of our global community, and to cherish the role we all play, regardless of our abilities.
  • Educate people within the community around barriers to inclusion.
  • Provide opportunities for supported education/training/volunteerism and employment for people with disability.

Every seventh person alive today—more than 1 billion people in total—lives with some form of disability. Despite being so numerous, persons with disabilities are still overwhelmingly overlooked in times of emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the video below for five (5) things you need to know about living with a disability during COVID-19.

Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)—19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

For additional information on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, please visit:
https://www.un.org/en/observances/day-of-persons-with-disabilities
https://idpwd.org/

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Ron Fisher
Associate Director of Pastoral Care

Ron D. Fisher is the Associate Director of Pastoral Care and has over 17 years of experience on staff at Christ Church. He’s passionate about people and also serves others as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, where he employs his holistic approach of caring for the mind, body and soul.