Disability and Brexit – What Happens One Year Today?

We are one year away from the agreed beginning of the Brexit transition period, due to commence on 29th March 2019.  As Ben Elton used to say… “Ooh, a little bit of politics there!” so buckle up for my current take on where we’re at with disability and Brexit… On the 23rd June 2016, the … Continue reading Disability and Brexit – What Happens One Year Today?

Autism, Epilepsy, and the one-in-three chance of ‘Both’

Epilepsy Awareness Day, or ‘Purple Day’, is on the 26th March, and this will be the first ‘Purple Day’ since James, our 15-year-old son, added Epilepsy to his growing list of conditions that already included Autism and Learning Disability… It’s been quite a year, quite a journey, as we’ve rapidly learned about a condition that … Continue reading Autism, Epilepsy, and the one-in-three chance of ‘Both’

Children Jesus Met And What They Teach Us About Additional Needs

Jesus met lots of people, engaged with lots of people, helped lots of people during his three years of ministry; some of these, perhaps a surprising number, were children.  Some of the children had additional needs of some kind, although not all, but each of the encounters Jesus had with these children can teach us … Continue reading Children Jesus Met And What They Teach Us About Additional Needs

Disabled Access Day? How About #DisabledAccessEveryday

Many organisations and venues are hosting ‘Disabled Access Day’ on Saturday 10th March, following on from the organised events in 2015-2017.  If you’ve not come across Disabled Access Day before, here’s what the organisers say about it: “In 2015 Disabled Access Day began as a day to celebrate good access and created opportunities for people … Continue reading Disabled Access Day? How About #DisabledAccessEveryday

‘Why Additional Needs Parenting Is Like A Poker Game’

Have you ever played poker?  Maybe you’ve played recreationally, as I have, perhaps using tokens, matchsticks, or chocolates for the ‘stake’?  Maybe you’re a more serious poker player, with higher level stakes?  Or maybe you’ve never played the game at all…  this blog post isn’t about the rights or wrongs of playing cards…  but whatever … Continue reading ‘Why Additional Needs Parenting Is Like A Poker Game’

What The Man With The Withered Hand Teaches Us About Disability And Church

By stretching out our hand in welcome, in love, to everyone, we are doing what Jesus would have us do; and in following his teaching our own lives are healed, and our churches become places of belonging for all.

Children with Additional Needs, Autism ‘Cures’, and Abortion Advice

Oh my days, that’s quite a blog post title isn’t it?  All sorts of controversial topics wrapped up in there too… but it represents a compact summary of a bunch of things that have collided in the news, and in my mind, over the past few days.  Things that have in turn outraged, angered and … Continue reading Children with Additional Needs, Autism ‘Cures’, and Abortion Advice

Additional Needs Children’s Work: Using What They Enjoy To Help Them Learn

That moment… that moment as a children’s or youth worker when you realise during the ‘talk time’ that you’ve just lost some of your group.  They were able to focus for the first three or four minutes, but now, five minutes in, you see them starting to get distracted, starting to fidget.  You’ve lost contact … Continue reading Additional Needs Children’s Work: Using What They Enjoy To Help Them Learn

‘Children of the Bible and my Autistic son’

The Bible is full of stories about children and young people; some of these stories are among the most well-known of all (Mary, Joseph, David, Samuel, Esther…), some are lesser known, more obscure, but none the less important stories (the widows son and Elijah, the slave girl of Naaman, Jairus’ daughter…).  In thinking about some … Continue reading ‘Children of the Bible and my Autistic son’

‘Be Devoted To One Another In Love’

Devoted…  an important word, one which we often hear, and a word that we all probably think we fully understand; but do we?  How truly deep a word is it?  And what might it mean in the context of caring for a child or young person with additional needs; whether as parent, carer, other family … Continue reading ‘Be Devoted To One Another In Love’