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Dr. Eric Carter: Creating a sense of belonging for Children and Adults with Disabilities

NOTE: Dr. Eric Carter is not affiliated with LDS or Brigham Young University; he first studied at Wheaton College and now is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. He has concentrated his efforts toward the inclusion of people with disability in Churches, and while not an Orthodox Christian, has a lot of good insights that could be put into practice in Orthodox Christian Parishes. The following resource is fairly short and simple, summarizing the major themes he has found to be most helpful:

Ten simple ways to create a sense of belonging for children and adults with disabilities


Also, one of the many of Dr. Carter’s Presentations on You Tube. This one of the shorter ones:


Here are some other resources he has placed online which go into the details of these themes:

Putting faith and job seekers with disabilities to work

(Gal 5:6: For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.)

One of Dr. Eric Carter’s Books:

Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, Families, and Congregations

Bio: Dr. Eric Carter Also: His Faith Ability Page

Supporting The Expression of Spirituality For Persons with Intellectual Disabilities:


From the Transfiguration Brotherhood: Church Life for People with Limited Capacities

There is a movement within the Russian Orthodox Church, the Transfiguration Brotherhood, initiated by Father Georgy  Kochetkov, who is

 The Transfiguration, from      Wikimedia Commons

also the Rector of St. Philaret’s Christian Orthodox Institute. The Brotherhood has members in Russia and also in other countries as well, both men and women. Local brotherhood communities are formed for, in their words, 

. . . . Bible studies and prayer meetings held at home, where they may also discuss pressing church and personal matters. Members of the Brotherhood share Eucharistic worship and agape meals (prayerful meals of love and thanksgiving). Members of the Brotherhood are involved in the life of many parishes and seek to build relationships with Christians in other cities and countries.

Their webpage-  The Transfiguration Brotherhood  (see their About Us page). and their Facebook page

This Brotherhood has also given consideration to persons with disabilities. See the post below for details; it is very good, and not long at all:

Gathered Together for One and the Same Purpose: It is important for members of the church community to regard those with limited capabilities as brothers, sisters and friends, rather than as ‘objects in need of assistance

Special Needs Moms

I just finished the short book The Child Who Never Grew” (with reviews and ratings on the Goodreads website) by Pearl Buck, who won both

Pearl Buck receiving the Nobel Prize from the King of Sweden

the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature for her writings. She was the mother of a mentally challenged daughter, and the book is a memoir of her experience of this aspect of her life.  She writes of events in the early 20th Century, a different and darker era for the Special Needs community, but with feelings that are universal for those in a similar situations. Pearl Buck was a gifted and driven person, and the experience was very difficult for her.

Following the same theme, Katherine Paulson has written a post  in her weblog Without a Crystal Ball: Raising a Child with Special Needs

Here’s the post: Why Special Needs Moms Don’t Fit In

I’m sure some of you will be able to relate to both of these writings.


from Summer Card: A Church Bag for your kids with Autism

From the You Tube page of Summer Kinard

Feel free to explore Summer Kinard’s page (in orange, above) 

Here’s her blog: Summer Kinard: Writing Like A Mother

Disaster and Disability

 From the Not Dead Yet | The Resistance website: an article addressing advance preparedness for persons with disability in the event of a disaster. The article lists two online resources (and another which is no longer accessible) which were utilized in Houston during Hurricane Harvey, but are available for a persons with disabilities anywhere in the USA. Disaster Survivors with Disabilities Hotline Phone: (800) 626-4959 from  Disaster Strategies: About the Partnership

The second resource, which explains the steps a person with disabilities and the wider community can take in the event of a disaster:  Emergency Preparedness – A Common Sense Measure for the Disability Community

The article which is the source of these online resources: Portlight Strategies – Disaster and Disability

Charlotte Riggle’s Blog and Books

Charlotte Riggle is an Orthodox Christian writer. There’s a lot of helpful information in her posts and writings for people with disabilities, their families, and their friends.

          St. Nicholas of Myra

Here are some examples of her posts which touch on the lives of persons with disabilities:  

There are also many reviews of newly published children’s books in her blog. Here’s Charlotte Riggle’s home page and her two children’s books:

Home Page:  Charlotte Riggle  

Books: Catherine’s Pascha & The Saint Nicholas Day Snow

Shop: Books, Gifts, and Embroidery Patterns

Now available from the National Braille Press : Three Orthodox Christian Books in Braille

 From the Website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America:

Braille Alphabet

Archbishop Demetrios Visits National Braille Press, Receives First Copies of Books for Orthodox Ever Published in Braille

The three books:

The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

 My Orthodox Prayer book

Speaking to God

Rev. Dr. Anton Vrame, Director of the Department of Religious Education, which worked with the Braille Press to create the three books, noted that these three books were selected because they could assist the blind Orthodox Christian in his or her personal interior spiritual and devotional life.

To order:

The Orthodox Marketplace: Braille




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