Redefining Disability Week 9: Leisure Activities

 Leisure activities can be a challenge for families and individuals who live with special needs. Some individuals are able to participate in most activities while others either have to have activities adapted or participate in a limited way. This summer we had the privilege of hosting my brother … [Read more...]

Redefining Disability Week 8: Family life and disability

In our experience, raising children who have special needs affects every facet of family life: family activities and recreational choices, schedule, discipline, holidays, even the type of work and ministry parents have. I don't see living with a disability as a disadvantage, but it is … [Read more...]

Redefining Disability Week 7: Challenges with School Life

My husband and I believe that education works best when parents and the school work hand in hand. Over the thirteen years we have had our children in school, we have worked hard at establishing relationships with teachers, communicating, asking questions, and solving problems. We have had the … [Read more...]

Redefining Disability Week 6 – How Disability Affects the Activities of Every Day Life

Most of the time I'm so busy with every day life that I don't stop to think about how much the special abilities of my children affect our activities. However, now that I think about it, most of the activities people take for granted take diligent effort with and for our children. 1. Getting … [Read more...]

Redefining Disability Week 5 – Significant moments connected to Disability

  Last year Rose Fischer started a Redefining Disability Challenge. This year she is continuing to invite people to join the challenge by blogging about a set of questions she developed. I’ve decided to join this challenge and most Mondays (or Tuesdays!) will be answering one of her … [Read more...]

Redefining Disability Week 4 – Where should the emphasis be: medical treatment, life skills, community integration or all three?

This week we are asked to consider where the emphasis should be for people dealing with what I like to call special abilities. (You can read my thoughts about the term "disability" here.) I preface my answer with a question of my own: What is the specific issue we are dealing with? Some people … [Read more...]

Writer’s Blog Hop – Sample from Hope: Reflections to brighten the Dark Days of Life

One of the major projects I'm working on this year is a series of Kindle books (31 Days of ... Series). The first book I'm putting together is Hope: Reflections to brighten the Dark Days of Life. I've worked on the cover design and received feedback. Now I need to finalize which colour scheme I'm … [Read more...]

Redefining Disability Week 2: How do you view the concept of disability?

    To be honest, the word disability irks me. I find it irritating that we use this word with its negative connotations to talk about fellow human beings who just happen to think, act, or look different than some of the rest of us. As a parent of five beautiful children who … [Read more...]

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