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This issue explores the impact a spouses disability has on a marriage and the connections to church and family.
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of CRC Disability Concerns, this issue features stories about ways churches and individuals in the CRC and RCA have been changed by people with disabilities.
This issue explores how the Internet has created new possibilities for connection and ministry for people who live with disabilities.
Among other things, living longer increases the incidence of disabilities. In this issue learn ways that churches have accommodated and assisted aging adults who have disabilities.
In this issue, we hear stories of deacons, elders, and pastors who live with disabilities.
Theme: When parents find out that their child has a disability, many grieve the child they thought they would have as they come to love the child God has brought to them. This issue of Breaking Barriers is devoted to parenting a child with a disability.
Theme: Much of church business happens in meetings of teams, committees, councils, consistories, classes, and synods. For people with disabilities to be involved in leadership, our attitudes must be welcoming and facilities and communication accessible. This issue considers various aspects of meeting accessibility. We have recently posted a number of new articles for this issue including updates on the accessibility decisions of the CRC and RCA Synods.
Theme: From simple accommodations to advanced electronic devices, technology can make worship and church life more accessible to people who live with disabilities. We have devoted this issue of Breaking Barriers to technology.
Theme: About ten percent of the population in North America lives with visual impairments. The articles in this issue help readers understand what it is like to live with a visual impairment and how the church can become more inclusive toward people living with impaired vision or blindness.
Theme: Statistics Canada and the U.S. Census Bureau report between 4 and 10.5 percent of people between 15 to 24 live with a disability. This issue of Breaking Barriers is by and about young people who live with disabilities.
With the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, we have focused our summer issue of Breaking Barriers on this important legislation. Articles feature stories - humorous, informative, encouraging, and even painful - about churches and individuals in their encounters with accessibility.
Theme: Our name, Breaking Barriers, takes on new meaning with this issue as Disability Concerns of the Reformed Church in America and of the Christian Reformed Church publish this newsletter together. This issue celebrates that collaboration. The summer issue will focus on churches and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and will be published online. What has your church done to become more accessible? Please send a note about it to disability email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theme: Hospitality. Hospitality does more than offer a warm welcome; it creates an environment of grace in which each person can be himself or herself. In this issue find articles, meditations, and even a modern psalm of praise about embracing each person as an image-bearer of God.
Theme: Mental Health
Theme: Disability and Emergency Preparedness
Theme: Down Syndrome
Theme: a literary issue
Theme: Cerebral Palsy
Theme: Autism Spectrum
Volunteering, preaching and disability, more
Twenty Fifth Anniversary Issue
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder, a modern lament psalm, more
Hearing impairment, inclusion, more
A broken neck, toxic noise, Friendship Ministries, more
Communion for people with cognitive impairments, having a disability in New York city, more
Depression, doubt, dignity, more
Suffering, skydiving, multiple sclerosis, more
Tsunami relief, schizophrenia, more
Autism Spectrum, mental illness, Hope Centre, more
A preacher loses his voice, hidden disability, more
Blind musician, church membership for Julianne who has severe cognitive impairment, more
Alzheimer's, mental illness, church planting with Friendship, more
Stuttering, learning disability, more
Housing issues, cancer, more
Work project with people with disabilities, war and disability, profession of faith, more
© 2012 Disability Concerns, a ministry of the Christian Reformed Church. Breaking Barriers is published by Disability Concerns, 2850 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49560. Rev. Mark Stephenson is Director of Disability Concerns and editor of Breaking Barriers. Permission is given to make copies of articles as long as the source is recognized.