CCA encourages leadership, participation of persons with disabilities in Asian churches on IDPD–2021

Posted on 2 December 2021

CHIANG MAI: In a statement released on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)–2021, the General Secretary of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), Dr Mathews George Chunakara, encouraged member councils and churches to be mindful of and concerned about the special needs of people with disabilities: “It is the responsibility of churches and members of each congregation to uphold the dignity and rights of persons with disabilities and recognise them as children of God as well as to work for the implementation of rights-based approaches in services for them.”

Elaborating on the theme of the year, “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities towards an inclusive, accessible, and sustainable post-COVID-19 world”, the CCA General Secretary stated, “In a world where the challenges for persons with disabilities continues to increase, we must acknowledge harsh realities such as the limitations related to restrictions of movement, interaction, and physical support…The COVID-19 pandemic has put the spotlight on the various challenges in access to treatment, care, and support services for persons with disabilities. They continue to face barriers in their participation as equal members of society.”

“With the leadership and participation of persons with disabilities in our congregations and communities, Asian churches are called to mobilise, sensitise, be engaged with, listen to, and learn from the experiences of persons with disabilities as well as from their creativity, which should be used to advocate for their rights, to create more inclusive environments, and thus to ensure the full participation of people with disabilities in the journey towards an inclusive, accessible, and sustainable post-COVID-19 world,” concludes the statement.

The full text of the CCA’s Statement on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)–2021 can be found below:

 

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