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.
I serve the Reformed Church in America as Coordinator for Disability Concerns, working in partnership with CRC Disability Concerns.
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.
Focusing less on practical accessibility concerns, this study looks at the church, the Christian community, as it responds — whether positively or negatively — to the presence of persons with disabilities.
"The Body of Christ and Mental Illness," a statement from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Disability Awareness Sunday bulletin insert on mental health (PDF).
Disability Awareness Sunday is an opportunity to raise awareness concerning people with disabilities and to explore their full engagement in the church's life.
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
Thank you for writing this piece, Mark. With the links you included, it's a beautiful window offering a glimpse into Paul's remarkable life.
I'm grateful for the brief exchanges I had with...posted on: The Joy of the Lord Was Paul’s Strength
You've done a splendid job of capturing not only our visit with Ralph but also the impression he's made on so many of us, Mark.
Ralph is one of the CRC disability advocates who early on...posted on: Making Peace With Life
Great blog post, Mark (from one who also was in the roomful of people captivated by Dan's presentation on disability attitudes a couple weeks ago).
I've heard various iterations of Dan's...posted on: Beware of First Impressions
Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the U.S. Senate's failure to ratify the UN treaty, Mark.
More than disappointing, I found it demoralizing to say the least — and I'm still biting...posted on: A Sad Day for People with Disabilities