To offer at a Disability Awareness Sunday
Here's a one-page newsletter insert or poster to hang to give people simple, practical ideas for inclusion.
The author of this article, Carol Levine, had been caring for her disabled husband for 17 years when she wrote this article. She polled fellow caregivers and condensed the results to these 10 items not to say to someone who provides long-term care to a loved one.
The "National Behavioral Health Barometer" (Barometer) provides data about key indicators of behavioral health problems including rates of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, underage drinking, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders.
If it is true that people are excluded from church for social- skill reasons, what changes might be instituted within the social environment that would benefit not only persons with disabilities but the larger population as well? What “social ramp” would cause more people to have access and find social acceptance?
This article by Beccy Adams touches on a variety of practical and loving ways to connect to people dealing with mental health issues including the importance of gentle curiosity and ideas like, "Relate, but don’t over-relate: Get in touch with your own mental health short comings."
People who use wheelchairs are not "wheelchair bound." People aren't "bound" by wheelchairs, they "use" wheelchairs. With that out of the way, here are 10 more things not to say to people who use wheelchairs.
“Far too often, people assume a level of familiarity with former military that not only breeches proper office conduct but also invades one’s 'personal space',” says Ryan Kules. Here are nine things not to say, whether or not the veteran lives with a disability.
Depression is the second-leading cause of disability, with slightly more than 4 percent of the world's population diagnosed with it. The map shows how much of the population in each country has received a diagnosis of clinical depression.
This checklist is designed to be a mirror showing you where your congregation is today and a window to see where you might go in the future.
CLC Network has a DVD series featuring Barbara J. Newman, "Making Room: Creating Communities of Inclusion" and the accompanying training manual, G.L.U.E. Training Manual to help churches become communities that fully engage people with disabilities.
The CVS Caremark All Kids Can™ program is committed to making life easier for children with disabilities. Through this signature program, CVS supports nonprofit organizations that provide innovative programs and services focused on helping children with disabilities learn, play and succeed in life.
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.
CIRRIE has developed a thirteen-volume monograph series, The Rehabilitation Provider's Guide to Cultures of the Foreign-Born, which provides specific information on cultural perspectives of foreign-born persons in the U.S., especially recent immigrants.
This is an outstanding article on ministry with people with mental illnesses written by a woman whose mother has schizophrenia with solid facts on mental illness and churches.
The film "Like Stars on Earth" tells the story of an 8-year-old boy who suffers the abuse of classmates, teachers, and even his own parents for his inability to do what most children learn easily. Later, with the help of a temporary art teacher, the boy's life was changed.