Disability: A Blessing in Disguise?

People with Asperger's Syndrome are often preo...

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by Eric Pudalov, Community Events Coordinator

While Georgia Community Support and Solutions is not a religiously-affiliated organization, and I don’t want to present it as such, I thought it relevant to share a gift that was given to me by someone who visited our office today.

This woman gave me a Bible verse which I found inspirational: Romans 8:18 – For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Now, of course, depending on your faith, and your relationship with God (or if you believe in a God at all), this verse can have many different meanings.

In my case, I take it to mean that no suffering or torment that we experience in our day-to-day life can overpower the joy and peace that comes from within.

For people with disabilities, whether they be something like autism, Down’s Syndrome, Asperger’s Syndrome, or a perceived physical “limitation,” this is especially powerful.  While the “disability” may be a source of challenge and difficulty in one sense, it also can help provide perspective on life, and help us to realize that no matter what stands in our path, there is some kind of solution provided.

As I said above, I realize that not everyone believes in a God or gods; nonetheless, I feel that regardless of outside circumstances, everyone has that “glory which shall be revealed” inside.

This is a difficult thing to explain in words; I think it’s best realized through experience, and that experience comes at different times for everyone.

So once again, I must reiterate: this isn’t an endorsement of a particular religion, or prayer practice.  It’s simply an observation, and meant to inspire you in your daily life.

Have a wonderful day.

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About gcsscommunity

My name is Eric Pudalov, and I work as Community Events Coordinator with Georgia Community Support and Solutions, whose mission is to provide creative, life-enriching solutions to people with developmental disabilities and their families. I became interested in this field, however, due to having a disability myself; namely, I had brain surgery in 1996 at age 14, to remove a benign tumor. Following this, I had many difficulties with short-term memory, loss of strength, confusion, and emotional control. Fortunately, at present, I've recovered much of what I'd lost. Despite some setbacks, I graduated high school with honors, and received an academic scholarship to Adelphi Univ., where I earned a BA in Communications. Since then, I've held a number of different jobs and internships, among them a TA position at Sylvan Learning Center, and work as a "Service Leader" with Hands on Atlanta. Since living in GA, I've also been involved with two programs (including GCSS) that serve people with disabilities. My experience has included sharing apartments with adults with autism and other disorders. Though my so-called "limitations" may differ from those of others in the program, these experiences have helped me to realize that people, overall, are capable of much more than we may at first perceive. Search Engine Submission - AddMe
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