Disability and Special Needs

All the ordinary difficulties of life are magnified when you’re dealing with disabilities. If even church feels like it’s full of danger and stress, you’re not alone.



A Boy and a Jaguar: A story of words and promises

A Boy and a Jaguar: A story of words and promises

A Boy and a Jaguar is more than a picture book. It’s a memoir written by a noted zoologist and conservationist, Alan Rabinowitz. When Rabinowitz was a child, he stuttered. Except when he was singing, or talking to animals. Then he could speak fluently. He could tell...
When your eyes are too tired to see

When your eyes are too tired to see

I almost cried at work last week. I asked a colleague for some data I needed. She sent me a link to a spreadsheet. It was a huge, complicated spreadsheet that would require some fancy pivots to get the data I needed. I looked at the spreadsheet, and felt the tears...
Saints for students with learning difficulties

Saints for students with learning difficulties

Guest post by Agatha Rodi I am a teacher in Patras, Greece. I teach English and French, but I feel blessed because, for the last 6 years, I have had many students with dyslexia, autism, issues with working memory, short-term memory, stuttering, and ADHD. It’s a...
Dad, Jackie, and Me: More than a baseball story

Dad, Jackie, and Me: More than a baseball story

April 15, 1947. A boy in Brooklyn is glued to the radio. It is opening day of the baseball season. Jackie Robinson is about to play his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The boy dreams of going to Ebbets Field to see the Dodgers play. And when his dad, who knows...
Looking Out for Sarah: A day in the life of a guide dog

Looking Out for Sarah: A day in the life of a guide dog

Looking Out for Sarah describes a day in the life of Perry, the guide dog for a blind woman named Sarah. And Looking Out for Sarah received the Schneider Family Book Award the first year the awards were given. You know, of course, about the Caldecott and Newbery...
Faceblindness in the family

Faceblindness in the family

It was early November. We were in the car, talking about Halloween costumes. A teenager visiting our house had worn a costume that included contact lenses. One lens made his eye look red, and the other made his eye look black. “Mom,” asked my child, “do some people...

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