Are Additional/Special Needs Families More Likely To Break Apart?

Additional or special needs parenting is tough, with so much more to cope with than many other families have to deal with.  The stresses and strains of parenting a child with additional needs are 24/7 all year every year and added to the anxiety and even guilt that many parents will experience it can all … Continue reading Are Additional/Special Needs Families More Likely To Break Apart?

Additional Needs Parents: Disrupted, Resilient, Vulnerable, Broken, Loving

One of the things about parenting a child or young person with additional needs, is that life is never predictable…  Just when you think that everything is going along quite well, out of nowhere something will happen that turns everything upside down and breaks it apart again.  That this might happen on a fairly regular … Continue reading Additional Needs Parents: Disrupted, Resilient, Vulnerable, Broken, Loving

Are There Children & Young People In The Bible Who Had Additional Needs?

The Bible is packed with stories of people… children, young people, and adults of all ages. We know that today around one in five children and young people have an additional need or disability of some kind, and many will continue to have these additional needs throughout adulthood as well.  If that’s the case now, there … Continue reading Are There Children & Young People In The Bible Who Had Additional Needs?

Six Ways To Make Your Children’s Work And Holiday Club More Inclusive

20% of children and young people have an additional need or disability of some kind; if your church includes children and young people, some of them are likely to need additional support.  Many of these children and young people, and their families, feel excluded from a wide range of social and other activities, including church, … Continue reading Six Ways To Make Your Children’s Work And Holiday Club More Inclusive

I Too Have A Dream

Fifty years ago today, one of the greatest people to live during my lifetime died.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, gunned down the night after preaching what became his final sermon in Memphis, Tennessee, in the USA.  A man who changed the face of a nation, possibly the world.  A man who though flawed (which of … Continue reading I Too Have A Dream

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