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.
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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?
I wrote this devotional for the Strangers in the Land devotional series from the Office of Social Justice of the Christian Reformed Church.
People need an opportunity “to sing and to pray. . . . to offer up the pain, the loneliness, the sad and dark memories, and the anxiety and fear to the one whose birth we eagerly await, Jesus Christ. . . . to find hope and peace in this service and comfort in knowing that you are not alone.”
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.
Many people assume that the healing miracles described in Scripture suggest that disability is a problem to be eradicated. Coming out of the Reformed churches in South Africa, these Bible studies take a fresh approach to the healing miracles.
“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.
The ADA Legacy Project website is designed to provide news, updates, scheduled events, and information on partners who are preserving disability history of the Americans with Disabilities Act, celebrating its milestones, and educating the public and future generations of advocates.
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.
Rachel Miller Jacobs writes about the book, "Lee makes the important point that while churches are generally good at providing help in crises, most congregations struggle with the long-term reality of children with special needs, since caring for them requires cultural and systematic transformation rather than three weeks’ worth of casseroles.
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.
The concept of mental age perpetuates the myth that the adult with an intellectual disability is still, to some extent, not fully adult. As teachers, it is important to be mindful of this concept simply because it can help guide effective teaching activities.
Our popular "Inclusion Handbook: Everybody Belongs, Everybody Serves" includes articles by disability advocates from several Christian traditions and provides tools to welcome and engage people with disabilities in church life.
Inclusion Handbook: A Resource for Disability Advocates - 통합 안내서, 장애 옹호인들을 위한 자원
Many church volunteers get stuck when considering ministry with people who have disabilities because they don't know where to start. With the permission of the people who developed the attached plan, I share it, in slightly edited form, not because it can be adopted whole cloth, but because it may provide a starting point for your own church.