The mission of the National Organization on Disability is to expand the participation and contribution of America's men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.
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In this article, Heather Moffitt shares how taking her son with special needs to Sunday services taught her how to be broken in church.
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.
This edition of the journal Lifelong Faith: the Theory and Practice of Lifelong Faith Formation presents theological and theoretical reflections on faith formation with people with special needs, as well as practical suggestions for ministry and learning.
Future Horizons focuses on materials that offer hope and practical strategies for parents, teachers, therapists, and individuals on the autism spectrum.
This 2-page guide with the heavy title, "Autism Spectrum Disorders [ASD]: Supportive Strategies for Crisis Prevention," presents a positive strategy and practical ideas for teachers and applies easily to including kids with ASD in Sunday School, GEMS, Cadets, youth group and other church activities.
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.
Using the r-word (retard/retarded) about another person or about doing something foolish slams fellow image-bearers of God. Take a pledge at this website to promise not to use it and to encourage others to stop using it. Also, check out the new PSA produced by r-word.org.
A moving tribute to the people who helped to bring about the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act 20 years ago written by a woman who uses a wheelchair and who has a son who has intellectual disabilities.
The late Prof. Nancy Eiesland wrote a thought-provoking reflection on Luke 24:36-39, the passage which describes Jesus' revelation of himself to the frightened disciples after he rose from the dead.
The AAIDD (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) is a national organization whose mission is to promote "progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities."
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.
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.