By Rebecca Holland
My name is Rebecca L. (Torres) Holland. I am a visually impaired writer and pastor currently living in Altoona, Pennsylvania. I know that not everyone is religious, but I passionately believe that people with disabilities should be welcome anywhere we choose to go, including places of worship. In my career as a member of the clergy, I am often overlooked and underestimated due to my visual impairment. One of my least favorite compliments is, “You preach so well, for someone who can’t see.”
I know that I am not the only person to encounter ableism in the world and in the workplace. For that reason, I wanted to share news about my latest book, The United Methodist Church & Disability: Essays and Practical Tips for People with Disabilities. I’m excited to announce that my book was published this month in large print paperback and on Kindle through Amazon. It was a passion project of mine and it is my sincere hope that it will help others, especially other people who are visually impaired and churches who would like to be more accessible.