Hidden: (adjective) kept out of sight; concealed. (verb) past of ‘hide’ We frequently encounter the term ‘hidden disabilities’; it is in widespread use across the media, throughout society, within many of the various disability communities. In general, most people have a view on what they think it means; they will refer to it as relating to disabilities … Continue reading Seeking The Truth About ‘Hidden’ Disabilities
Parents of children with special needs experience many highs and lows along their parenting journey, but what are the secrets? What never gets mentioned, what never gets talked about, what always gets hidden; what are the confessions of a special needs parent? Well, it’s time for that to change, time shine a light on the … Continue reading Confessions Of A Special Needs Parent
There are many occasions where Jesus’ encounters with children were miraculous, including when he met children with additional/special needs or disabilities, but what about today? Do miracles involving children with additional/special needs or disabilities still occur? What do they look like? As parents or children’s workers are we right to hope, to pray, for miracles?
How do I know if my disabled child can have a faith? It’s a question many parents of children with disabilities ask, but there are clues to find, things Jesus did, ways of understanding how our child responds to God, that give us answers.
I heard an old hymn rearranged in a new way recently, and it deeply touched me. The words so powerful, so amazing, impacted me in a new way. The song had been introduced with the harrowing story of the songwriter, Horatio Spafford, and how against all the odds he was able to write such amazing … Continue reading Parenting A Child With Additional Needs – It Is Well With My Soul
‘Lost Voice Guy' wins Britain's Got Talent On Saturday 2nd June 2018, Lee Ridley, who performs as the comedian ‘Lost Voice Guy’, won the 2018 series of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. His win was remarkable for a number of reasons, including that he is the first comedian to do so, but also because he has Cerebral … Continue reading ‘Lost Voice Guy’ – A Disability Watershed Moment?
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
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?
We’re in a battle, whether we like to think about it or not. Whether you have a faith of any kind, or none, one thing that generally unites us all is a belief that there is good and evil in the world… and that these two forces are totally and utterly opposed to each other. … Continue reading Spiritual Warfare And My Additional/Special Needs Child
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