This site focuses primarily on resources and stories around the intersection between faith and disability in North America. There is currently a unique and urgent need in South Sudan, however, to meet the needs of 15,000 people who have shown up at the five centres of CH Global, a ministry of Christian Horizons. These people have been displaced by war and conflict and have turned to CH Global, a Christian organization providing support to people with disabilities and exceptional needs in South Sudan, for emergency food and shelter. This is part of a much larger need, of course, within the political and ethnic conflict that has displaced half a million people and killed ten thousand. CH Global is one way to give to meet the needs of thousands of people that have recognized a faith-based ministry as not only an organization to meet the exceptional needs of people with disabilities, but exceptional needs of people in exceptional circumstances.

Please take a moment to find out more by reading the CH Global South Sudan Appeal and by visiting CHGlobal.org

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Josh Masters

An enthusiastic basketball player who currently works at Goodwill and attends WCI in Woodstock, Josh Masters is a 20-year-old with Down syndrome who would love to work in the fitness industry at a YMCA or gym. He has recently been accepted into Lambton College where he will study sports and recreation this fall!

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“I never dreamed he’d go to college,” said his exuberant mother Michele Masters. “I never dreamed of that possibility.”

The oldest of four children, two of Josh’s siblings also have Down Syndrome and one has a duo diagnosis of autism, making life a little hectic at times for the Masters’ family.

For example, in February, while her mother Pal Wilson lay dying in palliative care, Masters had to ferry her four children to 27 various professional appointments in 19 days.

But despite it all, Masters and her husband Dave waste little time on self-pity, preferring to look at each of her children as “a gift from God.”

She said her family thrives thanks to strong medical, community and church support and credits agencies such as Woodstock District Developmental Services, the Child and Parent Resource Institute, Good Beginnings Daycare and the Down Syndrome Parent Association for their strong support.

As an outspoken advocate for her special needs children, Masters, a stay-at-home mom by necessity, has always pushed for their inclusion at school.

“I think Joshua’s success and ability to do what he’s doing has a lot to do with being included,” she said. “Joshua has never been in a developmental class, he always went mainstream in school.”

College dreams a reality for WCI student with Down Syndrome