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From Summer Kinard: Writing, Autism, & Theology as a Mother of Joy

Summer Kinard is a Greek Orthodox Christian mother who home-schools five children, four of whom are autistic; she is highly qualified to do this, as she has earned two Master’s degrees. Her advise in regard to being supportive of persons on the autism spectrum has real depth:

7 Ways to Act on Your Autism Awareness in Church

What stands out on the following page is the practicality of her advice. She gets down to the nitty gritty:

Special Needs Resources

Also, A Video from Summer Kinard’s You Tube Page. Subscribe to Access all of them: Summer Kinard: Awetism

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Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness and Support

On Facebook there is a page for those who have had brain injuries to share their stories and information, most of which relate to healing:

Wikipedia: Concussion Anatomy

Facebook Group: Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness and Support

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A few of the websites shared on this Facebook Page: 

Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury 

(Donna O’Donnell Figurski) Many personal stories, a list of resources, a book with the story of a caregiver (Donna) and more 

No Memory of the Day that Changed My Life

 (Michelle Munt) Her story, blog posts, chat groups, and more

The Hope After a Brain Injury Network

“Our Mission  is to Advocate, Educate, and Serve all Affected by Brain Injury” A Magazine, a Blog, Resources, and more

 

 

An Orthodox Christian teacher’s thoughts for the parents of her former students who have special needs

A Post from The Quest for Healing: 

To the Parents of My Former Students Who Have Special Needs

by Maria Crassas, an educator, special needs mom, and health advocate. In her own words: “I am blessed with a son who has Down syndrome and autism.” As she perused her son’s IEP report, she had an insight, which she shares here. (My son is more than this IEP report.) And then she thought about her students and their parents. Read what Maria shares with them, from her heart, in her post.  

 

May 26 – St. Nicholas Program: Youth with Disabilities and Their Families; Emlenton, PA

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:




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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:

http://faithanddisability.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/RESEARCH-REPORT-.pdf

John Swinton: Taking Seriously the Body of Jesus

Disability theology: Taking Seriously the Body of Jesus 

by John Swinton (a professor of Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland

I find two main themes in this article by Dr. Swinton to be very pertinent, very central to our life together with people who have disabilities:

  1. A reminder that knowledge pertains to the body, and not only to the mind.
  2. The harmonious working together of the Body of Christ- all members, including those with disabilities- is “the heart of the Gospel.” 

Books by John Swinton, the majority of which relate to persons with disabilities: Goodreads: John Swinton’s Books

Here’s one of them: Goodreads: Resurrecting the Person: Friendship and the Care of People with Mental Health Problems, by John Swinton

Free Things and Grants for Kids with Special Needs

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                               I wonder what’s inside?

The expenses add up. Here’s some help. 

To access:

THE COMPLETE LIST   OF FREE THINGS AND GRANTS FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Written by Irina Vasilescu 

 

 


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