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?
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
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
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?
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
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
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.
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
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