Saturday, August 06, 2005

Advantage out of Disadvantage

My involvement with Urban Escape finished with a trip to the theme park at Thorpe Park. A mini bus load of us hit the rides for the day.

Adam came for the first time this year. This year he is old enough. Adam suffers from Asperger Syndrome somewhat similar I think to autism. But because Adam is registered disabled he gets a special band on his arm, as do up to six people that are with him. That illuminous orange band gets you on the rides without waiting 3/4 hour. You walk to the front of the queue show your wrist and you are on.

So yesterday Adam's disadvantage was turned into advantage. Walking along watching Craig with his new mate Adam left me touched, and moved that Adam was brought in from the margins and placed centre stage. Thorpe Park made Adam worth knowing and Adam revelled in his new found status.

Well done Thorpe Park - The church could learn much.

9 comments:

Tim said...

Great story and great tie in for the church.

Btw, this is the most grossly named order of them all as it's pronounced assburgers in the States. Seriously!

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Captain Andrew Clark said...

I presume you know that the people in the picture are naked Gordon?!?

Sister said...

Just having a closer look at the pic. Gosh I never knew Salvation Army outings were so...... but then I have only been enrolled six weeks, so I clearly have a lot to learn about what happens on a typical trip!

Gordon said...

that's funny I had no idea - thanks for being so sharp eyed - read some extra Brengle to purify yourself!!

You will notice I have changed the offending picture to a fully clothed one!! :o)

Sister said...

No I think I will head for Thorpe Park...

Sister said...

Fully clothed of course....

Captain Andrew Clark said...

Hallelujah brother...I was about to rebuke you for leading so many into sin. ;o)