People of color and people with disabilities both are harmed by long-held parallel beliefs or practices that devalue, discriminate, and oppress them because of their identity.
I serve the Reformed Church in America as Coordinator for Disability Concerns, working in partnership with CRC Disability Concerns.
Crisis planning for COVID-19 to hit, and hit hard, is sobering work. We and congregate settings everywhere stand in need of your faithful prayer.
Weighing benefits, side-effects, and costs make decisions about medications challenging.
Memory loss, the journey of dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease are among the most difficult journeys. But as individuals and the church, we can offer support through the act of remembering stories.
In the toy aisle of Walmart, two of my special education students reminded me about being honest and forgiving. There, I was also reminded of this unsettling truth: our society tries not to notice people with disabilities.
To eliminate the Affordable Care Act without simultaneously replacing it with an alternative jeopardizes its recognized progress and puts ongoing access to comprehensive, affordable coverage for people with disabilities at risk.
Disability Awareness Sunday encourages congregations to grow in becoming places of belonging for everyone and to discover ways to engage their gifts in ministry.
The barriers people with disabilities face begin with people’s attitudes — attitudes often rooted in misinformation and misunderstandings about what it’s like to live with a disability.
It's a challenge dealing with assumptions people make about his stammering speech and with his own frustrations, but Christ’s peace keeps him from bitterness.
Thank you for this beautiful and touching tribute to Ruth and to your life together, Ivan. You're a person of many talents and gifts! Reading this reminds me of times shared with you and Ruth at...
Thank you for addressing these issues in such a clear, straightforward way, Peter. You have named several important challenges that many of us have discovered but have not articulated as you have...posted on: Not Lacking in Anything
Steve, I can't say thank you enough to convey how much this piece touches my heart—and gets at the heart of what so many people with disabilities yearn and long for. (You could also be the poster...posted on: Accommodations of the Heart Matter More
I appreciate you and what you've shared here, Michele. Thank you for your ministry to Jack and to so many of us who feel lost and inadequate in know how to support friends who live with mental...posted on: On Mental Illnesses and Head Knowledge
Thank you for sharing your story of depression, Sharon, and for capturing in words what your experience was like during those months. The description of the negative tapes playing over and over is...posted on: My Story of Depression and Faith
Mark, thank you for sharing these very personal reflections about Dylan and the agonizing decisions you and Bev made. I've heard you describe the circumstances before, but reading it now brings a...posted on: The Trials of Charlie Gard
Ken, while personally I have many concerns about Donald Trump as president, even supporters acknowledge that he's made lots of claims and promises that do not include specifics, or that he's...posted on: Disabling Approach to 'Repeal and Replace'
I try not to be a one-issue voter, but an issue like justice for people with disabilities makes it really tempting to do so. The statistics are startling.
I am grateful for the leadership...posted on: The Ability to Effect Positive Change
This has been an illuminating read in understanding some of the dynamics of anxiety and suggestions for how anxiety can be addressed and accommodated. Thank you Jarett, Josh, and Annika for...
Yes, please use it, Michele!
BTW, even though the Network attributes the litany to me, I am not the author. I inherited it in my RCA Disability Concerns role.posted on: Litany for Disability Awareness