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Terry DeYoung

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I serve the Reformed Church in America as Coordinator for Disability Concerns, working in partnership with CRC Disability Concerns.

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Hidden Preservative Revealed

In the toy aisle of Walmart I was drawn to Jesus, called home, reminded, and humbled. My new friends, by just being themselves, gave me footing on the path seemingly too difficult for me—the path of Christ.

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Disabling Approach to 'Repeal and Replace'

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.

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RCA Disability Awareness Sunday Resources

Disability Awareness Sunday encourages congregations to grow in becoming places of belonging for everyone and to discover ways to engage their gifts in ministry.

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Newsletter or Periodical
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Myths and Facts about People with Disabilities

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.

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Aphasia: Source of Frustration

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.

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Report
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Spirituality, Hospitality, and Disability

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. 

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The Body of Christ and Mental Illness

"The Body of Christ and Mental Illness," a statement from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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Mental Health Bulletin Insert

Disability Awareness Sunday bulletin insert on mental health (PDF).

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Ways to Celebrate Disability Awareness Sunday

Disability Awareness Sunday is an opportunity to raise awareness concerning people with disabilities and to explore their full engagement in the church's life.

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Litany
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Litany for Disability Awareness

Use this brief litany as a tool to welcome and engage the gifts of people with disabilities.

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Well said, Mark.

    While the findings Erik Carter presented are both sobering and sad, it's also true that Carter's list of suggested actions families would find most helpful is encouraging....