God our Creator, you give breath to each person you made. You treasure the gifts of each unique person. But when life becomes a burden rather than a gift, God of life, hold us.
Ann Ballard has found healing after experiencing abuse as an adolescent. Her abuser took advantage of the fact that she has night blindness and cannot hear without her hearing aids.
This letter was sent by friends to the elders of their congregation on behalf of a friend and fellow member who has Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.
Effective disability ministry shouts to a world that values perfection, superficial beauty, and power that God and his people value those who seem weak, who depend on others, and who appear insignificant. Disability ministry proclaims that the gospel is for all people regardless of their abilities...
Fellow church members can make a critical, positive difference in the lives of stroke survivors and their loved ones when they make the effort to welcome and accept them.
The Shepherd knows his sheep. How well acquainted are you with the needs and challenges faced by your more vulnerable sheep?
Do gaps in your church's physical and spiritual hospitality need to be brought to light so that you may more effectively witness to the life and light of Christ?
Here are some tips for interacting politely with people with mobility issues whether you are at church or somewhere else.
These brief videos reflect on crucial aspects of community and belonging. Though produced for a general audience, they apply well within a church context too.
Belonging to a support system provides encouragement, strength, and a feeling of acceptance. A well-run support group can do all that and much more.
Understanding the varied needs of persons with disabilities will help ushers and greeters put the welcoming arms of the church around the shoulders of all who come to worship.
Veterans find understanding and encouragement from other vets. Because they have a shared experience, they can offer unique support in the face of adjustment problems.
Children with disabilities are part of God's family, but people don't always treat them that way. In this book you'll discover how to help kids and their leaders welcome and include kids with disabilities at church or school.
Un recurso para los que abogan por la discapacidad desde las oficinas de Asuntos de Discapacidad.
One can be well and live with a serious mental illness or disability. But wellness does require community (such as a church). Therefore let's ask, "Is my church a place where people can be well?"
Speaking from the experience of the rise and fall of a Disabilities Support Group my wife and I initiated in 2011, I'll reflect on what went well and also the feedback on ways we could have improved.
What I’d really like is if you would “just walk with me”. If you’ve been where I am, tell me how you felt in a way that I can know you’re trying to walk with me — not change me.
I did not realize how much she would contribute to everyone’s learning, how the classroom would became a place where the societal barriers between people of various abilities would temporarily break down.
During discussion time, a participant asked what a church could do if a person did not want to share that they were struggling with a mental health issue. The answer is straightforward, but not simple.
How can we make a positive difference in our churches and communities in working with people with disabilities? Compiled by Ann Ballard, this list gets you started. Have fun and get going!
When I was 14, my 38-year-old mother sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). When Mom came home from the hospital, her personality had changed dramatically. How can the church help?
1 in 4 Americans annually experiences mental health issues, yet less than one-third receives appropriate care. The Christian Citizen provides insights for people with mental illnesses.
This newsletter from Mental Health Ministries includes information and resources for faith leaders, family members and friends and who may find the holidays a difficult time.
These ideas give brief, clear, helpful guidance for ministering with people affected by disabilities, especially pastors, elders, deacons, and care team members.
Through the apostle Paul, God paints a vision for his people in 1 Corinthians 12 as one body, together in Christ. No one excludes another. (The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!”) No one self-excludes.