Disability and Inclusive Communities
- Included in: Calvin Shorts
- Publication date: December 15, 2018 (forthcoming)
- Publisher: Calvin College Press
- ISBN: 978-1-937555-32-0
- eBook ISBN: 978-1-937555-33-7
We're all worse off when we exclude people with disabilities from our communities.
Disability and Inclusive Communities intends to help readers learn how to build communities that fully include people with disabilities. Often our social practices unintentionally exclude those with disabilities by making it difficult for them to fully participate in the community. These practices hurt those whom we exclude. But they are also bad for our communities as a whole. Our communities—from our churches to our schools to our workplaces—are worse off when we exclude those with disabilities. We miss out on the opportunity to learn from complex, complete human beings who experience life in different ways. We miss out on becoming the Body of Christ in all its fullness. But our communities become better places for everyone when we pursue policies and practices of inclusion. Good intentions aren’t enough. We need good social practices to make our communities more inclusive. For when we do that, all of us are better off.
About the Author
Kevin Timpe currently holds the William H. Jellema Chair in Christian Philosophy at Calvin College. He has been a visiting faculty or scholar at Calvin Theological Seminary, Innsbruck University, Oxford University, and Peking University. He's written and edited ten books and published nearly 50 articles. Most of his scholarly writing focuses on issues of free will, virtue ethics, philosophical theology, and the philosophy of disability. He’s also the founder and president of 22 Advocacy, which engages in educational advocacy for students with disabilities in public schools. Kevin has spoken on disability to both academic and lay audiences around the world.