The idea here is simple: To make space for anyone interested in exploring resources, authors, theologians and practical tips for increasingly accessible faith communities. We hope that through this site we will learn from, encourage, and support one another in welcoming people with and without disabilities into communities of belonging.

hard-not-to-stare

The strength of this book is the way in which it portrays people with all kinds of disabilities so that various differences in appearance and ability may not seem so strange. It suggests that we should look with our hearts and that the desire to understand someone’s appearance or abilities should be motivated by kindness. This principle is reminiscent of (insert Scripture reference?) Which says, “people look at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart.” Read More →

Ron Sandison

At eight years old I was diagnosed with autism. The educational specialists and doctors informed my parents that I would probably never read beyond a seventh grade level, attended college, or have a career. My mom was determined to prove the experts wrong by developing my unique gifts. As Proverbs 22:29 says, “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve kings. He won’t serve obscure men.” For me to develop my skills and be a minister I had to overcome five main autism quirks. Read More →

Elayne Shapray with her grandchildren - Credit Shaw Media, 2015

I do not want you to suffer any more than you have to, but there has to be a solution other than physician-assisted death, because whether it seems like it or not, I believe every person, including you, is here for a reason. I hope you know that your life has value regardless of what you can or cannot do for yourself. You can still make a valuable impact on those you come into contact with. Read More →