Having a disabled child can be difficult for any parent. There are often countless doctor’s appointments, sleepless nights and stressful moments.
There is no one else I’d rather walk this road with. Through the twists and turns of diagnosis’s, hospital stays, surgeries, and so many other surprises, you have been steadfast. You have pointed me to Jesus and been a constant example of strength. You are the funniest person I know and I truly believe that laughter is the best medicine. You make everything better. You are always here for us, always putting our needs before your own. Eli adores you and so do I. Love, Michelle #elienhancesmylife #ericenhancesmylifetoo
But they are still a blessing to any family. Children with disabilities can have the kindest hearts, the sweetest smiles and be the best of friends.
Unfortunately, some people have a hard time being patient with people who have disabilities. People may stare or make comments, which can be very hurtful and frustrating for the person and their family.
One father had this experience before, which affected the way he would go out to eat with his disabled son.
When he went to The Barrel Chapeltown, he asked the employees if he was allowed to bring his son inside. He explained that he’d received comments in the past when his son would make loud noises and wave his hands around.
The employees were heartbroken to hear this request for permission. They told the man that of course, he was welcome to bring his son in, and they didn’t stop there.
The owner, Steph Tate, decided to make a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. She wanted to make sure that everyone knew that disabled people are always welcome to dine.
“My intention is not to embarrass the parent who I spoke to yesterday, it has played on my mind all night about how this man must have felt asking me if his child would be accepted in here,” the post read. “It then got me thinking about how many other people must be in the same position.”
Tate went on to say that everyone was welcome at her restaurant and that her staff will do anything to help accommodate disabled guests.
“If you’re sat at home with a disabled child, partner or friend and feel on edge about taking them anywhere due to fear of someone making comments please feel free to bring them here,” she wrote.
“If I find anyone making comments or being disrespectful they will be asked to leave not you.”
It is encouraging to see someone acknowledge the importance of loving everyone.
We can challenge ourselves to be kind to those with disabilities and be patient with them. They are human beings like the rest of us, and like Tate, we should stand up for those who are getting complaints.
Let us love our neighbors and be encouraging to one another, like Tate and her restaurant did for this man and his son.
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