One of the basic precepts of the Judaic, Christian and Islamic traditions from earliest times is charity. Charity is normally considered to be a good thing and in some ways it is, but the attitudes that charity has bred in the past have led to some enduring legacies that disabled people find offensive. The idea that giving charity was a way of achieving God’s grace led to pitying or patronising attitudes towards disabled people, and the founding of institutions to care for the less fortunate away from society gave rise to unwanted segregation. Today, disabled people, although some still rely on charity, demand ‘Rights not Charity’. Many of the large charities run by non-disabled people persist in using patronising promotional material.

Published in: on February 3, 2007 at 3:18 am  Comments Off on Charity  
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