"Religious organizations should be leading in the effort to create communities that include people with diverse impairments and abilities. Who are we excluding from community? We often do this passively by simply not providing the supports they need for access – whether those are physical, social, emotional, or relational. It is good for us to examine our own communities and ask ourselves who isn’t there and why they might not be present. Have we unwittingly created barriers that prevent them from full participation. Access and inclusion are not enough. What people with disabilities need is a place where they belong."
- ADN executive director, Jeanne Davies, in an article for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month written for the Center for Faith and Community Transformation.
You can read the whole article here.