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Life in the Balance, Chapter 3: Making Sense of Autism

  • April 5, 2011

From the book Life in the Balance: Biblical Answers for the Issues of Our Day, meet families who are bravely navigating the complicated world of autism. Their frustrations and tender joys may surprise you, as well as their total dependence on God. You'll discover that families affected by autism don't always want to be on the receiving end. They have a lot to offer. In fact, God tells us that our churches will never be complete without them.

Joni's Story (tract)

  • May 7, 2010

A brochure briefly describiing Joni's accident and life following her accident. Also included a brief description of the programs available through Joni and Friends.

Accessibility in colleges and Universities

  • June 6, 2014

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) along with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act provides mandates that protect students with disabilities from discrimination in colleges and universities. However, not all colleges and universities are the same. Find out what you need to consider in your decision making.

Home Modifications for Wheelchair Accessibility

  • June 6, 2014

Learn about some helpful home modifications for someone new to a wheelchair. A wheelchair accessible home will enable those with disabilities to live as independently as possible.

Tips for a Traveler with a Disability

  • June 6, 2014

These practical ideas and suggestions will help to make your next trip easier and more comfortable.

What to Say or Do for Your Friend in the Hospital

  • June 6, 2014

There are few things as refreshing as a visit from a friend while you are in a hospital bed. Here are some good, practical ideas to help you encourage your friend in the hospital.

Strategies to Help Fight Depression

  • June 6, 2014

Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. True clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer. If you are struggling with depression, know that you are not alone and that there is hope. While you wait for the depression to lift, here are some strategies you can put into practice.

Christianity With Its Sleeves Rolled Up

  • May 7, 2010

The Bible makes it clear that if we are to practice Christ’s love toward others, we do it by exercising our spiritual gifts. When we become a Christian, God blesses us with spiritual gifts — a special endowment that He gives believers so they can build up the rest of the Body of Christ. Learn how God may want to use your spiritual gifts.

Access to God (tract)

  • May 7, 2010

When Joni was first injured and hospitalized for almost two years she faced some serious questions about the meaning of life and her place in it. That's when she came face to face with the God of the Bible and went to Him for the answers. This booklet is the result.

Tips for a Disability Friendly Program

  • May 7, 2010

By following these simple tips and suggestions you can easily include children with a variety of disabilities in your church programs and events.

Created in the Image of God

  • May 7, 2010

"Where is God when it hurts? How does God view people with disabilities? God desires that His house be filled."  These topics, and so much more, are discussed in this helpful and informative booklet. 

Helpful Tips for Pastors

  • May 7, 2010

Helpful Tips for Pastors by Joni Eareckson Tada - Welcome to the world of Luke 14. Jesus foresaw such a time where you might be uncomfortable around a person affected by disability, so he gives you -- and anyone else who might feel uneasy -- the incentive of a blessing when you forge ahead and overcome your fears.

Using Disability Manners

  • October 28, 2010

People with disabilities need to be welcomed into the church community, acknowledging all they have to share and understanding their special needs. Meeting someone with a disability need not be an awkward situation; however, many people are unsure of how to act, which can create some embarrassing moments. This guide has been developed to help prepare church members for encounters they may have with disabled persons.

Disability: When It First Touches Your Family

  • May 14, 2010

Slowly the initial impact gives way to reality and hard questions: “Will my son ever walk again?” “Will my wife regain her sight?” “How will we cope?” “Who will pay for the bills?” “Where do I go for answers?” That’s why we at Joni and Friends International Disability Center have written this booklet. As a concerned family member, you’ll be asking many questions. There are few easy answers, but this booklet will guide your search.

Beatitudes for Friends of People with Disabilities

  • May 7, 2010

Eight 'Beatitudes' for friends of people affected by disability. Good reminders on what to do when communicating with a person affected by disability.