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Ignorance is not bliss!

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This is even apparent in many churches as well as the wider society. Children are deemed as being naughty because their behaviour is not understood. My son is typical of this, he will have a meltdown over something trivial like a helium balloon being tethered down because in his head a helium balloon is supposed to float. Similarly, if something is not done in a certain way he will get worked up and become destructive. It can be a struggle to cope with, especially when other people chip in and try and tell him off.

It is upsetting that we live with this kind of ignorance towards someone with a disability. There is no need for it and there is no excuse. Jesus calls us to love one another, to be kind to each other.

I realise a lot of this is a lack of understanding, but I do think it is time we all got educated on the matter. We need to get clued up so we can be supportive and encouraging to one another. Jesus was all inclusive in his ministry, we need to be an all-inclusive church and society in general.

I was saddened to read earlier that a blind man attached a camera to his guide dog because people were treating him badly and not being helpful. The filmed showed people barging past him on escalators and moving the dog with umbrellas and bags. It also showed people putting bags on seats on the train so he couldn’t sit down. It is upsetting that we live with this kind of ignorance towards someone with a disability. There is no need for it and there is no excuse. Jesus calls us to love one another, to be kind to each other.

Families who have children with additional needs, myself included, need support and encouragement from people. Parenting is a hard-enough job as it is. It is made harder when extra needs are added into the equation and even harder still if people judge and scorn rather than help and support.

It costs nothing to be kind but can make the world of difference to a person’s day. Even an encouraging smile when you see a mum struggling with their child can make a massive difference.

 

Rebecca Orpin

I am a mum of two young children, married to a church leader. We live in a lovely Devon village, winging our way through this parenting thing and trusting God every step of he way.

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