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Parenting a Special Needs Child

This Focus on the Family article series describes itself like this: "Amid these stories from other parents, you'll find tips and tools in the areas of schooling, church, balancing the needs of your disabled child and the needs of your other children, coping when your circumstances have become too hard and encouragement in developing friendships."

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Relentless Grace

Math teacher Rich Dixon fell to the ground while hanging Christmas lights one year. The injuries he sustained took away the use of his legs. After a difficult journey through grief and rehabilitation, he wrote a memoir. The blog and other items on this website expand on the theme of the book.

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Life Kludger

People with disabilities tend to be highly creative, since they have to find workarounds to do things that cannot be done the way most people do them. A kludge is a workaround using adaptive equipment or household items so that people can do what they want to do.

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Shalem Mental Health Network

Shalem offers individual, couple, and family counseling from a Christian perspective and equips and supports communities, including faith communities, to better embrace the needs of people who struggle with emotional distress and/or mental illness.

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Nathaniel's Hope

An Orlando-based, non-profit organization that seeks to bring hope to kids with special needs and their families by providing resources and respite care. They also help equip local churches to be involved in special needs ministry.

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Pathways to Promise

Pathways to Promise is an interfaith technical assistance and resource center which offers liturgical and educational materials, program models, and networking information to promote a caring ministry with people with mental illnesses and their families.

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Joni and Friends

Founded by Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends exists to communicate the gospel and equip Christ-honoring churches worldwide to evangelize and disciple people affected by disability.

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Book Review: Leading a Special Needs Ministry

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.

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Redirecting Challenging Behaviors

Ministry programs and lessons with children and youth can get derailed by the challenging behaviors of just one participant. In this lively video presentation, author and special educator Barbara Newman describes a way to respectfully redirect participants who are having a hard time staying focused.

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Congregational Student Ministry

Three veteran ministry leaders describe ways that they seek to ensure that all children and youth, including those with autism; developmental disabilities; and physical, visual, hearing, and intellectual impairments, engage fully in the life of the congregation.

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Young Life Capernaum

Youth ministry leaders often struggle with how to include high school age participants who have autism; developmental disabilities; or physical, visual, hearing, or intellectual impairments. In the United States, starting a Young Life Capernaum group can be an excellent option.

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