The Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights law for people with disabilities, was signed in 1990 by President George Bush, (and amended with changes in January, 2009). It defines disability as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.”
In 2006 the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities reported that 10% of the world’s population (650 million men, women and children) live with a disability. Eighty percent live in developing countries, and 20% live in the U.S. (54+ million). This figure is increasing through population growth, medical advantages, and the aging process.
At the SDA General Conference World Session held in Utrecht, The Netherlands in 1995, the world church voted to establish programs to support and witness to people with disabilities through all levels of the organization: administrative offices, unions, conferences, and the local church.
The Southern Union Conference has been involved with Disabilities Ministries since 1991, first beginning with a program at the Florida Hospital sponsored by the FL Conference Women’s Ministry and then launched at the Port Charlotte SDA Church, Port Charlotte, FL. The ministry continues today to support, encourage, empower, and gather resources for people with disabilities for worship, study, leadership and evangelism.
This site addresses 3 important areas in the lives of people with disabilities:
Executive Secretary: Jim Davidson
Assistant: Lessie Scurry
Phone: (404) 299-1832, ext. 417
Jim Davidson's Bio