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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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Live Like a Yellow Rose

March 14, 2024
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I’m Emma, I’m 23 years old and I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome when I was a preschooler. A lot of people wish that they could have got a diagnosis that early, but for me, it was a huge shame factor. I never felt like I fitted into any of the stereotypes of what an […]

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A Note From The Director: a reflection on National Camp & looking towards the future

November 28, 2023
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Recently, I have been thinking about the significance of this season we are in as an organisation. We have an amazing opportunity to honour the rich history of Elevate and prepare for the next forty plus years. Celebrating forty years of Elevate National Camp at Totara Springs Christian Centre highlighted this again to me. Our […]

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Di’s Video

November 28, 2023
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  We are delighted to let you know that the video of Di Willis’ story is now online! It was great to work with Joy Inc. again to produce this high-quality short film titled, ‘Founders Story: Elevate’. Throughout the process people have been touched by Di’s story. It is clear to see the significance of […]

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