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Make A Real Difference

How can we make a positive difference in our churches and communities in working with people with disabilities? Compiled by Ann Ballard, this list gets you started. Have fun and get going!

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My Life? My Choice?

Suicide is a threat to society. The idea that my body and my life are my own business and no one else’s has led to a staggering rise in the suicide rate and to the movement to legalize assisting it.

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Trusting Papa

It’s a daily feat to look past all the questions, fears, and disappointments that come with earthly life. Our Lord wants, rather, he commands us to trust in him, just like I trusted my earthly papa to scoop me up that day.

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There's Still Hope for Your Marriage

Disability is hard on marriages, but telling couples (falsely) that 80 percent of marriages end in divorce if the couple has a child with a disability could lead them to give up hope. Couples in crisis need love and support and encouragement, not statistics.

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The Moral Fog of War

Moral injury can be as disabling as physical injury. Guest blogger Syl Gerritsma reflects on the moral injuries that many military personnel must live with for the rest of their lives.

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The Power of Connection

One Sunday morning, sitting in middle of row, Ryan was having a very hard time. Several times, during the sermon, he made shriek-like screams, frightening noises. He was scaring people in church. Pastor Steve wondered what to do.

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How Labels Limit Us

As Teddie-Joy Remhild celebrates her 81st birthday, having lived 45 of those years as a blind woman, she reflects on the degree that limiting labels and perceptions have impacted her life.

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You Have to Start Somewhere

The chairman led a team of volunteers and journalists to rescue the boy who had been tied and chained to his bed and locked up for 10 years. The rescue operation shocked neighbors, many of whom appeared not to have known that there was such a child in the home.

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Let's Have Some Awkward Conversations

As congregational members who do not have intellectual disabilities engage week in and week out with those who do, everyone learns and grows. People have to learn how to talk with others who are much different from them. That requires everyone to take risks, to reach out to one another, to have awkward conversations that will, over time, become less awkward.

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