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.



Of Such Is the Kingdom by Summer Kinard

Of Such Is the Kingdom by Summer Kinard

If Summer Kinard’s new book, Of Such Is the Kingdom, were a child, I’d be the godmother. The book is not flesh of my flesh; I didn’t suffer the birth pangs. But I walked with Summer while she brought this book to life. I prayed for her fervently, asking God and the...
When an autistic adult goes to the hospital

When an autistic adult goes to the hospital

I realized last week that, in raising my autistic children, I failed to teach a set of skills that are crucially important: I failed to teach them how to be a patient in the hospital. These skills are hard for anyone. But they are particularly hard for autistic adults...
Pascha for families with disabilities

Pascha for families with disabilities

Most children love the idea of a celebration that takes place in the middle of the night! But their parents, who are already tired by the time the Pascha service begins at midnight, may wonder how to attend with peace and joy, instead of frustration and tears....
Growing up later: Autistic people in their twenteens

Growing up later: Autistic people in their twenteens

The unnavigated twenteens of the autistic emerging adult Guest post by Alana Worth It’s an early January day and I am the arch-type harried stay-at-home mom. I had one young person who needed to see her doctor today, so I drove her there. After that appointment, we...
9 steps to an autism-accessible home library

9 steps to an autism-accessible home library

When you love books, you want your children to love books, too. But Summer Kinard’s kids are particularly rough on books. Instead of hiding books away from them, she figured out how to make a home library that works for them. Here, she explains the nine things...
How to love strangers: Lessons in philoxenia

How to love strangers: Lessons in philoxenia

Too often, it feels like all of the news you hear is bleak and sad, filled with hopelessness, anger, and hate. The Church teaches us to defeat evil by cultivating the corresponding virtue. To overcome pride, we cultivate humility. To overcome sloth, we cultivate...

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