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Beatitudes for Friends and Family of People with Disabilities

Blessed are you who take time to listen to difficult
speech, for you help us persevere until we are
understood.

Blessed are you who walk with us in public places
and ignore the stares of strangers, for we find havens
of relaxation in your companionship.

Blessed are you who never bid us to “hurry up,”
and more blessed are you who do not snatch our
tasks from our hands to do them for us,
for often we need time – rather than help.

Blessed are you who stand beside us as we enter new
and untried ventures, for the delight we feel when we
surprise you outweighs all the frustrating failures.

Blessed are you who ask for our help, for our greatest
need is to be needed.

Blessed are you who, with a smile, encourage me to
try once more.

Blessed are you who never remind me that today I
asked the same question twice.

Blessed are you who respect me and love me –
just as I am.

~Author Unknown


Erie, Pennsylvania
The Erie VMs have been active in their continued pursuit of unity in spirit and service. We enjoyed wonderful speakers before we celebrate our year-end Christmas Party. We continue to lift all our chapter members in prayer! May you all feel the PEACE, LOVE & LIGHT of our LORD and Savior!! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!


HOW CAN I MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

There are many things that I, as an individual, can do to help people with disabilities feel welcome in my parish community.

I will treat ALL people as PEOPLE FIRST as I would like to be treated.

I will SPEAK DIRECTLY to the person with a disability, not only to the nearby family members, companion, interpreter or the canine companion.

I will offer to SHAKE HANDS when introduced to a person with a disability. (Persons with limited hand use or who wear an artificial limb may shake hands.
Shaking with the left hand is okay, too.)

I will place myself at EYE LEVEL, in front, for easy conversation with a person in a wheelchair, with crutches or with a walking frame.

I will OFFER ASSISTANCE AND WAIT until the offer is accepted. I will wait and then ask for instructions.

I will be PATIENT AND WAIT for the person with difficulty speaking, rather than speaking for the person. I may help by asking short questions that require short answers, a nod or a shake of the head.

I will see the WHOLENESS OF SPIRIT beneath the surface of someone with a disability and overcome the tendency to turn away or ignore the person.

I will TREAT ADULTS with developmental disabilities AS ADULTS, not as children. I will use first names only when using the same familiarity for all persons.

I will get the attention of someone who is hearing impaired by LIGHTLY TAPPING their elbow or shoulder, or by WAVING MY HAND. I will look
directly at the person and speak clearly, slowly and expressively to establish if the person can read my lips.

I will guide a person with visual impairments by GIVING VERBAL CLUES to steps, curbs, escalators or doors.

~Taken from https://www.buffalodiocese.org/disabilityopen- minds-through-awareness

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