- At Chosen Families, Joshua shares how his son with autism is learning the catechism! “Autism or not, God has called me as a father to teach his word and his ways to my son. Fathers must ‘tell the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done’ (Psalm 78:4). God does not exempt fathers from this calling who have children with a disability. Instead, fathers like me must think creatively and teach at a level appropriate to their child’s abilities.”
- Shannon lists three reasons special-needs families opt out of vacation Bible school. She includes tips for churches to be more accommodating and understanding so more families can come to VBS!
- Maggie shares her experience with baby shower gifts before the birth of her daughter with special needs. She suggests waiting to give gifts until after the baby is born and parents find out what they really need.
- Jeff writes at Comfort in the Midst of Chaos about the “dark side” that so often creeps in. “Remember, you were chosen and called. The Dark Side is just a place you will encounter throughout your journey as a special-needs parent. But it’s not a destination. The Dark Side doesn’t require a passport as long as you don’t take up residence.”
- Ellen was at a yard sale when a woman noticed her daughter with Down syndrome. She writes, “Sometimes people stare at my daughter because she has Down syndrome, sometimes I can tell by the way they look at her that they feel pity, but not this time, and not this woman and her sister. There was a genuine appreciation of my daughter because of her extra chromosome, like they knew what a blessing she is to our family and everyone else around her.”
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Sandra is a pastor's wife and mom to two boys. She's the author of Speechless: Finding God's Grace in My Son's Autism and Held: Learning to Live in God's Grip (a Bible study for special-needs parents).