Disability When Viewed as Impaired and Unchosen Relationships
This article attempts to understand disability in the context of relationships. Persons with disabilities may be perceived by others as having impaired social abilities leading to impaired or unchosen relationships. We list societal responses to the perception of one’s having impaired relational ability and offer a biblical pattern of relationship with broad application. Finally, human services programs are critiqued in terms of both (a) the manner in which they contribute to the perception that relationships with persons with disabilities are uniformly impaired and (b) the resulting medical model-based interventions which lead to relationships with persons with disabilities being unchosen by nondisabled members of society.