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Muslim and Disabled (differently abled)

Posted on: 19 March 2016

Muslim and Disabled is a six-part workshop series that aims to educate and raise awareness of disabilities within the Muslim community. The overarching goals of the series are to create tangible adjustments in mosques and to establish a disabilities committee where people who are disabled and their families can unite in their struggles and empower and love each other.                     

The workshops, which began in January 2016, have been and will be led by people who are disabled, their caretakers, or certified disability teachers. Thus far, they have covered physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, deafness and hearing loss, and blindness and vision loss. Upcoming workshops focus on Autism and implementation.

As a result of these workshops, the Bayonne Muslim community was able to network with other Muslim communities in New Jersey and New York and work with them to help introduce Muslim and Disabled into other mosques. Bayonne Muslims was also the first community to collectively organize and donate to Islam By Touch, a non-profit organization dedicated to producing and distributing braille copies of the Saheeh International translations of the Holy Qur’an and other Islamic literature free of charge. To access the online fundraising campaign, visit: https://www.launchgood.com/project/islam_by_touch

In the future, the community hopes to build a more inclusive society and to engage more readily with people who are disabled and their families.

    --by Dina Bint Abu Ahmed