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Disability Concerns seeks to bring about the full participation of all people with disabilities in the life of the church and the full participation of the church in the lives of people with disabilities. The Disability Concerns ministries of the Christian Reformed Church in North America and the Reformed Church in America collaborate on the resources in these pages, as well volunteer engagement, training events, resource creation, and other means to support churches in their ministry.

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Everybody belongs. Everybody serves.

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Accept. Include. Celebrate. A Holiday Challenge.

How can we be extra mindful and supportive of persons and families affected by disability during this season? Here are a few ideas. 

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Rompiendo Barreras — Invierno 2018

En esta edición los lectores de Rompiendo Barreras que contratan personas con discapacidades compartirán a través de sus relatos las lecciones que han aprendido. 

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Rewarding Work for Residents With Disabilities

Finding employment is never easy, especially if you have a disability. Here at Anchor we have had a number of success stories.

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Breaking Barriers — Winter 2018

Employing People with Disabilities: Workers with disabilities can transform a work environment in unexpected ways. In this issue, Breaking Barriers readers who employ people with disabilities tell stories of lessons learned. 

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Reflections on Working With Disability Concerns

Shortly before her last day working for Disability Concerns, Heather DeBoer wrote this reflection which was published in the Disability Concerns Canada newsletter. 

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A Prayer of Confession After a Suicide

Guilt troubles most suicide survivors. These suggested points help put into words what one may be feeling after their loved one dies. 

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Blue Christmas and Blue Holiday Worship Services

These holiday worship resources from Mental Health Ministries allow worshipers to reflect and accept the reality of where we are emotionally. They offer a message of hope in the midst of our darkness. 

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A Prayer of Confession

This prayer confesses our sin of selfishness and asks God to help us love other people, especially people whom we consider "different." 

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Rompiendo Barreras – Otoño 2017

Aprendiendo de los niños con discapacidades: Los niños pueden ser maestros y esto incluye a los niños con discapacidades. En esta edición de Rompiendo Barreras  los lectores comparten lecciones que han aprendido.

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  • Thanks Worship Ministries and Bryan for the good advice.

    Bryan, what do you do to "be as interactive as possible"?

  • This article from the Harvard Business Review (Dec. 27, 2017) makes the same case for the value of work force diversity: The Case for Improving Work for People with Disabilities Goes Way Beyond...

  • Thanks Ken. Yes, like Barb Newman likes to say, we're all like green and pink puzzle pieces. Every one of us has things we're good at and things we are not good at, and those things differ with...

  • Jenny, thanks for the question. We'll get the info to you privately. Mark

  • Ken, yes, we were fortunate, and I thank God for that. I pray that God will sustain you in the challenges you are facing. Mark

  • Yes, too often if someone has a disability affecting one part of their life, others assume that the disability affects all parts of the person's life. As you point out, that's not true at all....

  • Angie, thanks for sharing. Yes, we too are so thankful for the health insurance provided for Dylan; otherwise the horror of that time would have been multiplied.  I'm thankful we could focus on...