10 Things to Do When Someone is Being Rude to Your Child with Special Needs

Natalie Poster

...or anyone else with a disability for that matter! I've been reading a lot of those lists of 10 things lately: 10 Things to Say to Someone Who Just had a Baby with Special Needs, 10 Things to Do When Someone is Being rude, 10 things to Do with Rubber bands... Well, it was that list of 10 things to do when someone is being rude that got me to thinking. The answers were well, rude. It made me wonder about a healthier way to respond, one which could take a bad situation and bring some good into it. So, these are some of the things that came to mind: What to do when people stare: always ...[Read more]

rebekah-from prison of pain to pulpit of praise

Rebekah

Editor's Note - “Have you met Rebekah?” asked one of the campers to another. “Oh my gosh, have you seen her smile?” was the reply. During the first 24 hours of our Joni and Friends Family Retreat in Oregon this past August, the whispers continued to spread. “Isn’t she beautiful?!” “You can see the love of Jesus just shinning right through her!” Rebekah is a young woman who happens to have cerebral palsy, a young woman who happens to use a motorized wheelchair, and a young woman who exudes radiant joy. But that joy was birthed through a process of descending into the depths of ...[Read more]

Butterfly Circus with Nick Vujicic

This is a wonderful short film featuring Nick Vujicic born in Australia without arms and legs, who plays the main character, Will. Beginning his journey in a sideshow carnival act as the "Limbless Man," Will encounters Mr. Mendez, the famous showman for his renowned, "Butterfly Circus." What others see as a "defect," Mr. Mendez sees as beauty in each one of his performers, causing them each to emerge from their own cocoon. Mr. Mendez encourages Will to discover his own abilities and reach his full potential, "The greater the struggle, the more glorious the triumph!" Nick's fan page can be ...[Read more]

Love Came Down

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In a seat down near the front of the auditorium with my friend Chad next to me, sitting in his wheelchair, a paraplegic due to the complications of spina bifida, I had called him the day before and asked if he would like to come to this healing conference. I know Chad well enough to invite him to a service like this, he welcomes it when people pray for his healing. The guest speaker was a man, who has traveled all around the world doing healing conferences. Another young boy sat in a wheelchair next to Chad, I overheard his parents say to someone that he had a disease, the seriousness of it ...[Read more]

sarah-dancing in the rain

sarah-horse

Like any other expectant parents, in the early morning hours of that April Spring day in 1983, Kathy and Terry were eagerly waiting the birth of their first child. In a very brief moment, their lives were changed forever. Little Sarah was born with numerous life threatening health problems as well as several physical "defects" or  anomalies. When faced with so many very serious issues, the doctors gave the same prognosis that seems to be so often given to the family of a tiny newborn baby, clinging to life, "She may not survive beyond the first 24 hours." Immediately, Kathy and Terry looked ...[Read more]

Nick Vujicic Video

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Nick Vujicic has an incredible story of triumph and perseverance. Born without arms or legs, Nick has chosen to become the hands and feet of Jesus. ...[Read more]

nick vujicic- life without limbs

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  Join iamviable's new fan page at - http://www.facebook.com/iamviable) Have you ever experienced meeting someone and felt as though you've come across a dear friend upon your very first introduction?  That's how it was with Nick. Touring the Taft prison with our Wheels for the World Conference in September of 2006, Nick was at the prison as well, speaking to the inmates.  We all were in the dining hall, having lunch.  Nick is hard to miss in a crowd, especially when he stands on a table. Born without arms or legs, it's a very different sight than any of us are accustomed to ...[Read more]