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from The Quest for Healing- alternative medicine effective for a daughter on the Autism Spectrum

From The Quest for Healing (A blog/podcast by an Orthodox Christian mother who has a son with autism/down syndrome) 

Ep 4- Ashley Turner, ND: On Her Daughter’s Healing from GI Dysfunction and Autism Spectrum Disorder (Part I)

Dr. Ashley Turner and Dr. Kevin Turner’s practice on Facebook: restorativechiro 

from the page of YOU MEE: HEALING-IN-THE-RAIN (see license below)

 the introduction to the podcast episode:

In this episode, [see below] we discuss:

The onset of her daughter’s symptoms and the consequences of using MiraLAX for her

How she and her husband pivoted to functional medicine to help their daughter

Using diet as a foundational component of healing

How the gut and brain are intimately connected

Ideas for removing environmental toxins within your control

The types of detoxification that helped her daughter heal

MTHFR and why it’s important to look for signs of gene expression rather than relying solely on genetic testing

The importance of healing gradually

The resilience of kids in healing

Listen on itunes:

 Part 1: Ashley Turner, ND: On her daughter’s healing

Follow The Quest for Healing for Parts 2, 3,  . . .

License for picture: license


St. Elisabeth Convent in Minsk, Belarus, and it’s ministries

The Catalogue of St. Elisabeth Convent

A Convent in Minsk, Belarus, serving people in need and producing icons and handicrafts of the finest quality

How You Can Make a Difference by Visting the Catalogue of St. Elisabeth Convent

An opportunity to receive and to give for the support of their ministries

The Ministries of St. Elisabeth Convent 

A Woman’s Rehabilitation Center, a Men’s Rehabilitation Center, Two Holy Temples for Christian worship, a Sunday School, and . . .

A Boarding Home No. 3 for Adults With Special Needs and . . .

A Boarding Home for Children With Special Needs


Their Workshops:

An icon painting workshop, a lacquered icon workshop, an icon casing workshop;

A crushed semi-precious stone workshop, a non-ferrous metals workshop, a gold embroidery workshop;

A ceramics workshop, a textile & felting workshop, a sewing workshop;

And a stained glass workshop. 

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


SBSK: “Normalizing the Diversity of the Human Condition.”

 *SBSK* More and more, I’m discovering that stories hit home, while mere information is often just deposited in the head. This website is not a Church site, but the stories that are told show forth how all people are made in the image of God. As descriptive words go, the word “special” has used up it’s shelf life in regard to people with disabilities; what is desired is not to be seen as special, but as a person like everyone else. While the title of this organization does begin the focus on the special, the home page reveals that the actual goal is to see everyone as normal (normalization)! For Orthodox Christians, to acknowledge that despite the great variety of peoples in the world, all are made in the image of God.

And while Orthodox Christians cannot affirm that all lifestyles are normal as the folks at SBSK are willing to do, we are committed to refraining from passing judgement on any person, as that is for the all-wise Lord to do at the proper time which He will choose. We are all in process. 

And these short video stories illustrate the value of people of disabilities who are also in process.

To access:

Special Books by Special Kids


The Worthwhile Lives of Persons with a Disability (disabilities)

The website:


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.

A photographer of note:

River Bend Galleries


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

Other great Orthodox Christian blogs that address disability issues

I’ve been surveying Orthodox Christian disability resources for 10 years, and now I will be taking a break.   Many others, mostly mothers, have taken up blogging, sharing their experiences and discoveries. As I have worked in a group home for many years, this is personal for me as well, but not in the same way as a mother of a child with disabilities. Mothers are mothers 24 hours a day, for their entire lives. There is great depth to what they write, not necessarily in terms of new information,  but the kind of depth which comes from the heart, which is the important kind of depth. This is true, of course, of the blog and websites written by persons with disabilities themselves.

You will find much, ongoing information, personal and otherwise, on the blogs listed on the webpage below. Give them a look:

Online Orthodox Christian persons with disabilites & their family members








Disability Resources: The personal blogs and offerings of Orthodox Christians with disabilities

(Also included: The online offerings of family members)

The author of this blog is a group home advisor who lives and works with adults with developmental disabilities. (Me – W.G.) I’ve done this for 26 years. It has had its many moments of frustration. And it has had its wonderful moments as well. I thank God for this opportunity, this life, these relationships.

But the truth is that I have been paid for my service as an advisor. And the organization with which I am employed gives me time off. And in a number of years, not so far away, I will retire from this role.

This is not the case with the people with disabilities themselves, and their family members. These relationships- mother, father grandmother, son, daughter – are lifelong;  for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week one lives with a disability with no time off, unless, of course, there is healing or successful medical intervention.

The webpages below are those of such people- Orthodox Christian persons with disability and their family members. For ten years I have compiled these resources and commented on them. But the insights shared on the websites below come from a place deeper within those that share them than my thoughts on the subject. I invite you to learn from them.

Online Orthodox Christian persons with disabilities & their family members

Orthodoxadultautists: A blog by an orthodox autist, for orthodox autists   by Monica. See especially A letter to the Church

Stephen Yates and son Axel: Yates and Son

Morning Coffee by Alana; see especially Sitting on the Front Pew 

Beth Hopkin’s In Case of Fire, Use Stairs

Bethany Sheldahl’s weblogNot of this World

 Catherine’s Pascha: Wheelchairs and Sidewalks by Charlotte Riggle (See also Home Page & Trailer for the book “Catherine’s Pascha” )

The Oprisko familyThe Least of These: Raising autism in the church, with dignity

Pasha, Russian orphan, has been adopted by David and Dawn Heatwole, members of Saint Catherine Mission, Hagerstown, MD

What Do You Do DEAR? Telling the honest truth about our beautiful new normal by Mary Evelyn

And Baby Makes 12 A conversation between Khorea Frederica Mathewes-Green and Mary Klopcic; from Ancient Faith Radio also Mair’s Momilies see especially How do you do it?

Girada Marius’ “I want to fight! I write using the nose, but I write … “

Loving a Child with Autism by Khorea Frederica Mathewes-Green; from

The Story: Steve and Tony Sakak  + (Website Homepage)

The Tcaci family Mental Health Advocates in Moldova Use Film to Tell Stories of Children with Disabilities

Facebook: Deaf Orthodox Christians

Facebook: Kathyrn Kessler, an Orthodox Christian with Crohn’s Disease: Fighting the Good Fight With Faith And Love 

Facebook: Koinonia for Exceptional Orthodox Families 

The Turner Family, Randolph, New Jersey 

Greek American Girl 

Living with the Woof (a service dog)



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