Just as we all have our limits, our disabilities, we all have our strengths. As St. Paul shows in his first letter to the Corinthians, even the “weaker” brother’s gift is indispensible (12:22) (“Weaker,” like “the least of these,” is really from the human point of view; whatever gifts we have, natural or spiritual, are from God, and we are equally human in His eyes.)
The theory of Multiple Intelligences illustrates this. Nine intelligences have been identified: verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, musical-rhythmic, visual-spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, naturalist, intrapersonal, interpersonal, and existential. And there are probably more. A person with disabilities has abilities. One or more of these intelligences are his natural gifts. And God gives spiritual gifts which may or may not align with the natural ones.
He who has eyes to see, let him see; he who has ears to hear, let him hear- each person’s possibilities. In the RESOURCES:
7 Kinds of Smart: Identifying and Developing Your Multiple Intelligences; Revised and updated with information on 2 NEW Kinds Of SMART, by Thomas Armstrong, PH.D.