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Welcome! Whether you or a loved one has a disability, you are a leader of a church or Christian organisation, a ministry worker, or you are simply interested in disability issues, the articles and stories below have been written to equip, encourage, inspire and even challenge you.

“I can now train independently.” By Manu Teofilo

April 17, 2024
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“I can now train independently.” By Manu Teofilo; Edited by Ella Kirby; I always wanted to be able to exercise on my own and at any time I choose to. But going to the gym or swimming is not safe to do independently. My ability to exercise is restricted to someone being available.  Round the […]

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Through the Eyes of One with Autism

March 24, 2024
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Leslie Schwass tells here about her 35 year old son’s battle to overcome the effects of autism.” Matthew came in at 5.5 lbs, five weeks early. At three months he reacted to the immunisation injection, and then failed to develop at normal milestone pace. He was diagnosed with a host of problems, but chiefly brain […]

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Best Christmas Gift

March 23, 2024
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The best Christmas gift I ever got was both early and late. My first born child came into this world on December 16th, nine days before Christmas. He was supposed to be a Thanksgiving baby however, so when my wife went into labour three weeks late he had to be delivered by an emergency Caesarean […]

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Autistic, Whole and Loved

March 22, 2024
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A poem written by Emma Cox Autism.  Diagnosed at 4   Or “Asperger’s Syndrome” as it was called back then     Growing up, struggling with shame   There’s no way I could have a label like THAT!? I thought  “Unable to build proper relationships   “Fixated” “Obsessed”   “Unempathetic”  “Intense”  “No imagination” But I love people!   But I […]

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Ask Why Is This Happening

March 21, 2024
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He’s a danger to the others,” they said. “He’s aggressive.” “He should be removed from the group.” “He has rages.” The topic under discussion was the little boy with Down Syndrome. “He’s a danger to the others,” they said. “He’s aggressive.” “He should be removed from the group.” “He has rages.” This did not tie […]

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Book Review: A Place Where I Belong

March 19, 2024
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By Manuele Teofilo If you’re looking for an informative and insightful book on neurodiversity, then A Place Where I Belong by Staci McLean is for you. She is an author, a speaker and the mother of a neurodivergent child. McLean is also the founder and director of The Neurocollective NZ, creating places where we ALL […]

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The Sunday Morning Struggle

March 14, 2024
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Written by Staci McLean, Director of ‘The Neurocollective NZ’  Is going to church on Sunday worth the effort?    For many families getting to and through a church service on a Sunday morning is a marathon effort. As the mother of a child who is neurodivergent, the Sunday morning struggle was real and at times the […]

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