How do you recognize each other's gifts and support each other's needs while avoiding a "you're not like us" attitude? A feature story explores ways to be inclusive in worship and make room for those with or without special needs.
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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.
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?
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.
“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.
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.
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.
It’s easy to look at a check list and determine whether or not one has built a ramp, but how do you measure attitudes toward people with disabilities? Elim Christian Services has produced several videos about the journey of disability attitudes.
What can we do to begin to sincerely welcome everyone who seeks fellowship with God through our own congregations? Here are some simple first steps.
This simplified profession of faith still assumes that an individual is capable of answering these two simple questions. Individuals with severe intellectual abilities cannot comprehend the meaning of even these two simple questions. Does this mean that they are barred from making a public profession?
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.
Creating groups in church that are separated by age and interest makes some sense, but this approach also isolates the parts of Christ’s body from one another. Churches need to supplement their curriculum for children and adults with events that bring the church together around Scripture.
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.
“A family attending our church has a child with disabilities. We want to help. What should we do? Where do we start?” Here are some ideas.