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Supported Living For Adults With Learning Disabilities

Last week we talked about guardianship and how it helps a person when it is written for a particular purpose, but if it is not written well, it might cause severe damage to the person. The person must have support around them. Someone might need help at home, at school, at therapy, and in the community as well. How do…

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Caregivers Are Essential – How Do We keep The Good Ones?

Caregiving is a job where a few people can do well and it has a lot of shit to handle – the pun was not intended. Without caregivers, our lives with disabilities would not be the same. That means they are a really important part of our lives, and we don’t think about it sadly enough. Good and Not so…

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How To – Teaching Your Special Needs Child About God

Mother teaching his little girl to pray. When parenting a child with a disability, there are many things to do like taking them to therapy, doctor appointments, school, and a load of other things. But how about church and teaching them about God? I know you are saying we are tired on Sundays and we never get to church on…

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Letting Go The Negativity – How to Restore Your Life

Everybody has bad days and it just happens when you least expect it. It might be when you were in a hurry to get to work and you had an accident, which made you super late. You might have had a personal assistant who just quit on you when you didn’t expect it. I could go on and on with…

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Bullying — Can We Actually End It?

These days bullying is getting worse and it is not improving. Bullying is not new – it’s going on for decades. My dad was bullied when he was a teenager and he is almost 90 years old. In his time, kids did it for fun and would forget it. Today kids can do more damage than in dad’s time or…

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Netflix “Special” Got My Mind Wondering

I just ran across an article about a new Netflix show called “Special”. It is about a guy who has Cerebral Palsy and gay. The first show aired on April 12. I watched the trailer and to me, it was just alright. Ray O’Connell The character who plays the guy who has CP is Ray O’Connell and actually has Cerebral…

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Hearing Some Heartbreaking News is Hard

Earlier this week, I received a message from a friend of mine who went to college with me. Mike got disabled from a car accident when he was in high school. The accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He received his law degree and he worked in Chicago. After that Mike met a woman who he fell in…

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Ever Wonder Why Do You Have A Disability?

Ever wonder why do you have a disability and others don’t? I always wonder that for a long time, and nothing made sense. It was like God gave me Cerebral Palsy for a purpose and I didn’t know why. I did something wrong and God wanted to punish me. I was all right with not walking, but not being able…

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Improving Our Country Starts With Us

These past weeks we are bombarded with killings. Most of them were students and teachers in Florida. Last week in Chicago a police officer was shot after 35 years of service. We all feel the pain of all of this. I am not here to talk about what should be done because I don’t know. One thing that I know…

USEFUL LINKS

Chris Lenart has written extensively on the subject of disability and faith.

His hope is that by talking about faith and disability, people of all denominations — or no specific denomination — who feel alone or helpless may find some comfort, support, and sense of inclusion.

The Catholic entertainment network Shalom World recently did a feature about Chris on their show Triumph. View it here.
 

EXTERNAL POSTS ON FAITH

Embrace Our Crosses
The Importance of Trusting in God
Loving Unconditionally Can Change the World
Remembering God during the Lazy Days of Summer
The Last Say Belongs to God
An Idea for Healing in the Church
Having Faith During Hard Times
Taking Advent Seriously
This Broken World Needs Lots of Prayers
Preparing for LentRaise the Trophy
The Power of Humility
Having a Purpose in Life

I co-wrote a book entitled “They said We Couldn’t” with my friend Lisa Cesal about our lives with Cerebral Palsy. We want to spread the message that people who have Cerebral Palsy can do anything they want in life.

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