Disability and Special Needs

If your family includes people with disability and special needs, you’re not alone. Whether you need practical ideas or the comfort of companionship, we’re with you. If you’re looking for a particular topic, check the index.



A table where strangers are welcome

A table where strangers are welcome

I love words. Words are my toys, and they’re my tools. I think with them, I work with them, I play with them. I use them to interact with people, and I use them to understand the world. And while I’d like to say that I love all words equally, that’s not true. I have...
Why I find the Sunday of the Paralytic disheartening

Why I find the Sunday of the Paralytic disheartening

Guest post by Monica Spoor The Sunday of the Paralytic is just behind us – it is in fact a week later – and I’ve had the week to discover that it made me upset again, and why. I’ve heard sermons on that Sunday for years, of course, and they’re not very different from...
ADHD in The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane

ADHD in The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane

The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane is the story of Theophane, a young monk in a monastery in the mountains of Mourne, in Ireland, in the Middle Ages. Author C.M. Millen doesn’t say that Theophane has ADHD. It would be an absurd thing for her to say, an outrageous...
Lent for families with special needs

Lent for families with special needs

I can tell Lent is coming. I’ve heard the stories of Zacchaeus, and the Publican and the Pharisee, and the Prodigal Son. I’ve been warned about the sheep and the goats. I’ve done some serious menu planning, to make sure we use up the foods that we aren’t going to eat...
A mercy of meds, a sacrifice of sleep

A mercy of meds, a sacrifice of sleep

Guest post by Nic Hartmann “Whenever I see a brother who has fallen asleep during the services, I put his head in my lap and let him rest there.” Pambo, 4th century monk Every day, for most of the last two years, I have had the same ritual in the middle of the...
“A Friend for Henry” is entirely wonderful

“A Friend for Henry” is entirely wonderful

I have fallen in love with A Friend for Henry, an entirely wonderful picture book by Jenn Bailey about Henry, a little boy with autism. The three most wonderful things about A Friend for Henry The first most wonderful thing about A Friend for Henry is that it is from...

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