Christian Social Constructions of Disability
Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Adults with intellectual disabilities who attend a Christian church were interviewed. The 56 respondents answered questions related to social constructions of disability and church participation. Social constructions (being an angel, being a hero or having something special to do) were reflected in their responses. Additionally, they do not condone abortion of babies with disabilities. Nearly all were Christians and felt they were a part of their church. About half indicated their disability made them sad and most had prayed to be healed of their disability although only a third felt that people with disabilities had a poor quality of life.