My hope is that churches aren’t waiting for teens and young adults to get older to serve the community.
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Being diagnosed at 22 also came with other complications: I get told, “You’re young, so you wouldn’t understand chronic pain.”
...while I’m human, make mistakes like everyone else, and have these physical differences, I’m perfect in God’s eyes, and that’s what matters.
In particular, high school was hard because I felt so different from my friends and classmates.
Born with severe childhood apraxia, Norah has been incredibly busy with therapy and activities that help develop her speech and gross motor skills. Her persistence is helping her make great strides!
"God taught me to adapt to this life when he restored my voice—through my eyes!"
My friend Cecil lives with Parkinson’s disease. My visits with him are both countercultural and a true delight!
Although Chris continues to accomplish many goals he has set for himself, he often is ignored, minimized, and isolated from community, including the church.
Though being asked “What?” can be frustrating, Elizabeth interprets the question as a signal someone cares enough to seek understanding of what she is saying, and that they value her as a person.
For Breaking Barriers Summer 2021, Becky Jones shares about her work as an art therapist, working with many clients who live with disabilities and how art is a vehicle for personal expression.
In one Disability Concerns workshop exercise, participants are asked to identify a number of personal characteristics that society values, including ones related to ethnicity and ability. Through this, we can begin addressing systems that privilege some but not others.
Access to care, support, and the vaccine over the course of the pandemic has been a greater challenge for people living on the margins of our society. Churches must take steps to educate people and eliminate these inequalities.