My husband and I have raised two children - one with special needs. While raising them, we also took care of my mother-in-law through cancer and dementia. We are a living testimony to what God can do in a family running on fumes.
For those of you who are married with children, if you could do something that would not only improve your marriage, but also help your children become more empathetic, wouldn’t you do it?
Live in Ontario? The Partners for Planning Network is designed to help relatives or caregivers of persons with a disability connect with other families, provide practical information, lessen isolation, and find solutions.
Ministry is primarily about relationships, but programs can provide the space for relationships to develop and flourish. This information sheet was distributed to people at Orland Park CRC by their Disability Concerns Team.
If your child seems to be missing developmental milestones, he or she may just need a little more time. Other times, active intervention is needed. The Help Me Grow program is a great tool to check out!
What does love look like when someone follows through on their marriage vow "in sickness and in health"?
Eric Groot-Nibbelink describes the hopes and fears that came with his young adult daughter Jenica's sudden brain injury.
September 9 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day. Help alert your congregation to the risks of birth defects if alcohol is consumed during pregnancy.
Volunteers at Family Retreat, also called Short-Term Missionaries (STMs), often go believing that they will serve and bless a family, which they do. However, STMs come away immensely blessed also.
A pastor friend told me that the topic of vaccinations was ripping at the unity of his church. Parents have wrangled intensely with each other on Facebook and in the church parking lot.
As a parent or caregiver, you may have questions about certain behaviors your children or dependents exhibit and how to ensure they get help. But do you need help starting a conversation?
Disability is hard on marriages, but telling couples (falsely) that 80 percent of marriages end in divorce if the couple has a child with a disability could lead them to give up hope. Couples in crisis need love and support and encouragement, not statistics.
Walk through this season of celebration and change with these tips for supporting persons with disabilities from Barbara J. Newman.
This author's third (and first biological) son was born in December 1967. He was a lovable child like his two older brothers. In 1985, the year in which he turned eighteen, the Lord permitted this devastating brain illness (schizophrenia) to affect him almost all year in some way or other. In fact, the illness left none of them untouched.
Do you ever wonder what it is life is like for parents in your church who have children with autism; developmental disabilities; and physical, visual, hearing, and intellectual impairments? Your ministry will be enhanced if you ask them, and also if you check out this video.
Kathy Boldoc, who has a son with autism and a mother with dementia, writes a blog on parenting. In her most recent entry "The Sacrament of Letting Go," she writes...
Here's a “wish list”, created by mothers of what they would find helpful for local churches to offer families who have children with special needs.
Attached are the Disability Emphasis Week devotionals (volume 2) by special education teacher Barbara Newman. These devotionals are available for download in MS Word format. Also, at no charge we will print and send as many paper copies as needed to any Christian Reformed Church wishing to use...
Attached are the Disability Emphasis Week devotionals (volume 1) by special education teacher Barbara Newman. These devotionals are available for download in MS Word format. Also, at no charge we will print and send as many paper copies as needed to any Christian Reformed Church wishing to use...
We would never say “It’s your kid, do the appendectomy at home.” Or “Your parents will have to deal with that gunshot wound.” But this is the system of care we have in place for people with severe disabilities. Why?
Kathleen Deyer Bolduc invites readers to join her on a spiritual journey that begins with the shattering pain of asking questions that cannot be answered and continues toward new creation and new community.
My wife Bev and I have had 25 years of experience in walking with our daughter Nicole, who lives with severe, multiple disabilities. Thanks to Bev's forward thinking, we've prayed, and sought advice, and read books and magazines so that we could keep looking ahead to do what's best for Nicole....
A simple, short guide won't make all the challenges go away, but it can help everyone enjoy the holidays a bit more. This guide, written by Barbara Newman, gives practical advice that can be of help to those who care about people who have a difficult time with all the changes that come with the holidays.
Often when a child with a disability comes into a family, whether by birth or by adoption, the parents are not ready for the emotional, spiritual, and practical changes they must make to care for their new child well.
This issue of Breaking Barriers is devoted to parenting a child with a disability.