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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 peom 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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The Value of Inclusive Christian Camping

June 9, 2022
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My journey with inclusive Christian camping began in Australia back in late 2007. I had finished school and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Eventually my Mum saw an ad seeking cooks for a local Christian campsite – no experience needed. I enjoyed cooking, so, I applied. A week or so later I went […]

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Our Family Story – Three Generations of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

June 9, 2022
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“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power and the wonders He has done.” Psalm 78:4 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in your weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 “This sickness is not unto death but for the glory of God.” John 11:4 Left […]

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The Difference Between Inclusion and Belonging

December 21, 2021
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We often hear the words ‘inclusion’ and ‘belonging’ when talking about welcoming more people with disabilities into our churches and ministries. But the difference between these two is not always clear. As it’s December, let me use a Christmas example to try and explain.  Most of us will have different Christmas traditions, such as a […]

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