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Living Well with a Disability

Most of us expect to live long, healthy lives. So when you’re hit by a disabling injury or illness, it can trigger a range of unsettling emotions and fears. You may wonder how you’ll be able to work, find or keep a relationship, or even be happy again. But while living with a disability isn’t easy, it doesn’t have to be a tragedy. You are still in control of your life!

There are many things you can do to improve your independence, sense of empowerment, and outlook. No matter your disability, it’s entirely possible to overcome the challenges you face and enjoy a full—and fulfilling—life.

Learn more: Living Well with a Disability: How to Cope with Limitations, Overcome Challenges, and Build a Fulfilling Life

Courtesy of HelpGuide.org


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Parenting a child with special needs can be a lonely journey, so finding support is crucial for self-care and resilience.

book cover of Special Needs Parenting showing a bowl with cracks mended with goldRev. Dr. Lorna Bradley, an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church and parent of an adult son on the autism spectrum, saw a need for emotional and spiritual support of parents raising children with special needs. She wrote Special Needs Parenting: From Coping to Thriving to equip parents with tools to cope with common challenges, helping them build personal and family resilience. This book includes discussion questions in each chapter and is suitable for small groups or individual readers.

“Something special happens in a small group with others who understand the journey. When you’re parenting a child with special needs, even if you’re in the room with other parents of neuro-typical children, you can feel incredibly isolated. The things they talk about are different. Their struggles and victories are so different from ours. When you’re part of a small group with other parents of children with special needs, even if the diagnoses are different, you find mutual understanding,” said Bradley, a Fellow at the Hope and Healing Institute in Houston, Texas.

Special Needs Parenting is a book written specifically for parents like herself who are raising children with special needs. It gives parents the tools to help them cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges that come with parenting a child with special needs. Bradley strongly encourages parents of special needs children to take the time to equip themselves to better handle the stresses that come their way.
“How we fuel ourselves when things go well helps prepare us for when things aren’t going well. Take care of yourself the best you can-your emotional, physical and spiritual health, so that when you are parenting kids with special needs you are the most resilient person you can be.”
Special Needs Parenting is on Bishop Janice Riggle Huie’s list of recommended reading for 2015 and is available through Cokesbury.com and other book sellers in both paperback and ebook versions.
Submitted by Naomi Krueger, Freelance Writer, Minneapolis, MN.

Committee on Disability Concerns Members

Chair: Nathan Baker

Tom Binford

Jim Drake

Sara Drake

Jack Gilbert

Harry Horton

Martha Irwin

Marie King

Brad Smith

Nan Zoller

Accessibility Audits

The Body of Christ cannot be complete until all people are accepted into communities of faith. However, a welcome sign outside the church is not enough. The sign may say, “Welcome,” but the steps may say, “You must be able to walk up stairs to enter.” The advertisement in the newspaper may say, “All are welcome,” but in reality you have to hear and see well to participate fully. Before churches can become truly welcoming communities for persons with disabilities, church facilities, procedures, and the ways in which we communicate must be evaluated and made accessible. An accessibility audit is a list of items that your congregation can use to evaluate its accessibility and plan ahead to offer hospitality to all.

Accessibility Audit from the UM Committee on Disability Ministries