The same Jesus who heard the cry for recognition from the people with disabilities of Judea and Samaria 2,000 years ago calls us, His followers, to embrace our responsibility to our own disabled brothers and sisters in the United States.Pastoral Statement of U.S. Bishops on Persons with Disabilities
“My greatest suffering is not in my disability but in the attitudes of others” young blind mother
54.4 million Americans (18.7%) have a disability ; 35 million (12%) have a severe disability
Less than 14% of the disabled population claims to be Christian, and more than one-half of all families experiencing disability are outside of any organized religion.
Less than 30% of Families with a disabled member … Found supportwithin theirchurch
84-91% of pregnancies end in abortion when the prenatal diagnosis is Down Syndrome.
64% Of disabled children are likely to be abused
70 to 90% of people with intellectual disabilities in the United States are estimated to be unemployed. Unemployment
60% of Americans do not believe that children with intellectual disabilities should be educated in their child’s school.
AUTISM Prevalence is estimated at 1 in 91 to 1 in 100 births 1 to 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder Fastest growing developmental disability with 1,148% growth rate
“People with disabilities are not looking for pity. They seek to serve the community and to enjoy their full baptismal rights as members of the church.” Pastoral Statement of U.S. Bishops on Persons with Disabilities
“There can be no separate church for persons with disabilities. We are one flock that serves a single shepherd.” Pastoral Statement of U.S. Bishops on Persons with Disabilities
Statistical information gathered from the following web sites: • www.ncpd.org • www.cdc.gov • http://codi.buffalo.edu • www.uscensus.gov/population • www.autism-society.org • www.physiciansforlife.org
Contact Information Office for Disabilities Ministry Archdiocese of Baltimore Bill Fleming 320 Cathedral St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-547-5410 firstname.lastname@example.org