If you live with a disability, what has your church done so that you know you a part of the church community? Or parents of a child with a disability, how did you know that you AND your child were welcome? Or church leaders, what is your church doing to welcome someone who is living with a disability?
One of the sessions at the Disability Concerns Conference I went to talked about a different kind of gift survey they did in their church, where they matched people up with a specific task and what the member offered to do. I was wondering if I could have that list of tasks so I can help develop one for our church.
My son has severe Autism, limited language, aggressive and self-injurious behavior, very hyper, makes loud noises, etc. Let me tell you how we went from dragging a screaming aggressive child out of the church to a happy singing one.
I often wonder what it will be like if someday I face dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Perhaps my future will be like a house of mirrors; with all the voices playing tricks on me. Regardless, I am confident I will be able to hear my Father's voice.
What's the best way to include people with disabilities in the full life and ministry of the congregation?
I find it hard to see everyone attend Christmas concerts and go to many Christmas dinners while I consider if it's worth it to attend the same things because what if Savanah catches another cold or the flu which then makes it such a struggle for her to breathe and eat ... and yet I believe that God has seen my tears.
In this blog post about a Time magazine article on Down syndrome and prenatal testing, Amy Julia Becker talks about her own experience being interviewed for the article and her appreciation for the article’s balance.
The reality of my daughter's disability hit home at the IEP meeting a few days ago. I know, she brings many blessings and I should look at all of the positive aspects of the situation. But isn't it okay to say that my heart aches for the "normal-ness" that I dreamed about for her? Do any other parents struggle with this?
I've just started doing research for an adult church study program on dealing with conditions that are considered "long term." The idea of the study will be to look at different areas that require long term care each week for 6 weeks.
If you’ve begun to apply what you’ve learned but still have questions about doing ministry with children and/or adults with visual, hearing, intellectual, or physical disabilities, here’s your chance to get them answered during this free, one-hour event.