Ultimately, though, the way forward [...] will be navigated in relationship with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities themselves. As Whole Community makes clear, it is people with lived experience who are experts on the best way forward. "The most powerful and effective act that people without disabilities can take is to yield to the voice of people with disabilities"
Whatever the reason for your interest in Able Soul there is a strong likelihood that it will help you to grow spiritually.
When I first really dug into exploring Jesus in the Gospels, I encountered someone who offered love, liberation, and wholeness to people who needed it in the midst of structures and systems that didn’t always do the same.
Carly is the youngest of our three adult children. She is now 21 years old and has Angelman Syndrome. Carly’s life has grown my faith and provided inspiration for much of my writing. Jesus, Let’s Talk explores the very personal and natural ways we express ourselves with God, no matter what our abilities are to communicate.
Wallin offers biblical encouragement to parents and caregivers in similar positions by sharing wisdom and insights found on her own journey toward forgiveness and healing.
At eight years old I was diagnosed with autism. The educational specialists and doctors informed my parents that I would probably never read beyond a seventh grade level, attended college, or have a career. My mom was determined to prove the experts wrong by developing my unique gifts. As Proverbs 22:29 says, “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve kings. He won't serve obscure men.” For me to develop my skills and be a minister I had to overcome five main autism quirks.
You may already be involved with special needs ministry at your church, or it might be something that you know is important but don't have many supports in place. Regardless, we always question whether what we're doing is the 'best way', and the challenges we encounter send us seeking affirmation that we are on the [...]
One of the reasons for this site is to draw together some of the resources available on theology and disability. You can find past posts in the resources category. Recently our attention was drawn to a book published in February by Glenda Prins, "Lessons from Katherine" in the Spiritual Struggles series. It is a memoir [...]
One cannot think about theology of disability without soon wrestling with the notion that each human being is created in the image of God (Gen 1:27-28). Found in all "religions of the book" (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) what exactly constitutes this image is the subject of much assumption and debate. In contrast with certain philosophies [...]
Book: Dementia: Living in the Memories of God 2012. This is a readable and highly engaging exploration of what it means to be person, community, and a follower of God. Although written on the topic of dementia, it has significant implications for those with cognitive disabilities. I highly recommend this book for those in disability [...]