I've discovered a new website and journal: A Ragged Edge. It is a disability rights organization that has information about employment, education, transportation, the law, and, perhaps most importantly, essays and poetry on the disability experience from the inside.
The disability rights movement is important, not just for those with physical disabilities, but so that all in our society will feel included and valued. Awareness of what individuals with physical and mental disabilities face every day is important for enhanced compassion and understanding among all of humanity.
To assume that everyone can walk, see, hear, drive, or work in a fast-paced and highly pressured environment is to alienate a good portion of our population to the "ragged edge" of society and to lose their valuable skills and talents.
As human beings, as Christians and as Catholics, we need to recognize the humanity of everyone and champion that humanity no matter what the cost.
Note: I also have a new category on my lower sidebar: Disability Awareness.