The Worthwhile Lives of Persons with a Disability (disabilities)

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Live On!

This is a disability website celebrating life. Even with all the challenges people with disabilities face. A happy, fulfilling, . . . . incredible life. 

No matter what some narrow-minded people in our society think.

The creators of this web page, who are disabled themselves, are up front about the more difficult challenges: the bullying of young people, the institutionalization of adults. Their goal is to reach those who are discouraged, despondent, even despairing, and those with suicidal thoughts through a series of short, powerful videos in which persons with a disabilities overcome their obstacles and establish a meaningful life. Valuable resources are also provided toward this goal.

My contribution to the cause:

River Bend Galleries

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Pertinent posts from the Not Dead Yet website: 
Disabililty Rights Organizations Issue Statement Opposing Assisted Suicide Laws and Supporting Health Care
Statement of Solidarity in Observance of Suicide Prevention Month
Disability Rights Toolkit for Advocacy Against the Legalization of Assisted Suicide
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“We Are All Children of God:” October 14, 2017 at Kansasville, Wisconsin

Mark your calendars. To enroll(ENTRY FORM)

From the Greek Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of America’s website: Families with Children with Special Needs Resource List

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Families of Children with Special Needs Resources

Orthodox Christian Resources: Internet Sources, Books and Downloads, Articles, and Videos

Non-Orthodox and Secular Resources: Internet and Books

Scenes of Greek Orthodox Christianity:


Wedding in Tripodes, Naxos, Greece

The Holy Gospel Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Elkins Park, PA (left)

Archbishop Iakovos marches with Martin Luther King (below)

Alabama civil rights movement: Selma to Montgomery march: Iakovos, Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ralph Abernathy (Monday, March 15, 1965)

The Lord Jesus Christ, the Merciful Judge

Live on! (and on and on . . .)

Here’s a website meant to address the discouragement that  can  come with the struggle to live with a disability. Of course as Orthodox Christians we believe that genuine, meaningful, and everlasting life is found in God, and in the Body of Christ, the Temple of the Holy Spirit, the Church, as children of our heavenly Father. During our time on earth we rub shoulders with everybody, whether within or without the Church. Some will be helpful, and some not. This site seeks to help people with disability who feel lost in this world, which, of course, is a good and loving goal. 

So give it a look:

The Live On Movement

Note – (A generous translation of Disability Pride: Disability Self-Respect) See Self-esteem versus Self-respect

Please submit your stories for publication in the upcoming book, “Enter His Gates: Theosis for Families With Special Needs (A Practical Theology of Disability)

Authors Summer Kinard, M.Div., Th.M.  (Tea & Crumples, Hands-On Sunday School)  and Charlotte Riggle (Catherine’s Pascha), are gathering stories from Orthodox Christian families, priests, and ministry leaders about their experience of welcome for children and adults with special needs. They are writing with the blessings of their priests and are in good standing in their local Orthodox parishes. Their forthcoming book, Enter His Gates: Theosis for Families With Special Needs (A Practical Theology of Disability), focuses on welcoming children and families with autism, developmental and learning disabilities, and physical disabilities into the fullness of life in the Orthodox Church. We want to hear from parents, adults with autism, priests and presbyteras/matushkas/kourias, and camp and ministry leaders in every Orthodox jurisdiction about your experiences of welcome in the Orthodox Church.

They will not sell your data to anyone or quote you without permission. The stories we collect might be featured in the book, though you can select the level of acknowledgement or anonymity that you prefer. 
To Access their Survey:

A Short Survey for those submitting stories for the book “Enter His Gates: Theosis for Families With Special Needs (A Practical Theology of Disability)

Here’s Summer Kinard’s Blog disability resource page: 

Two McDonald’s Retirees

“The Power of Weakness,” Fr. Thomas Hopko (video)

A talk by the late Father Thomas Hopko of blessed memory. This may not address disability issues directly, but it certainly relates to them. A person with a disability may grasp this promise more easily than a person who is more normally functional in either mind or body, because their sense of loss, via their particular disability, which they live with every day, may help them rely less on their human capacities and embrace divine aid more readily.


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