Posted on April 24, 2012 by bethesdablog
By David Morstad
Last week in Pittsburgh, Lutheran Services in America held their annual conference. On Tuesday afternoon, the Disability Network of that group sponsored an open forum titled “Long Term Supports and Services,” featuring Dr. Charlie Lakin, director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Continue reading
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Posted on April 11, 2012 by bethesdablog
By Connie Horn
It is incredibly difficult to watch someone age, especially when they begin to have health issues. I think one of the worst issues to have to deal with is when someone has dementia. I can say this with complete certainty, because my mom had dementia.
Dementia is such a gradual disease, which, I suppose, is a good thing. As hard as it was to watch my mom slowly fade away, I think it would be much more difficult if she had lost her mental abilities abruptly, without warning. My mom is gone now, but my experience with her dementia has helped me to understand how dementia can impact someone’s life and the lives of their family, friends and others who support them. Continue reading
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Posted on March 30, 2012 by bethesdablog
By Matthew Hobson
Awareness of abilities is more important than focusing on disabilities. Other people see only what I am not able to do. I want people to see what I CAN do.
I can want you to look past my disabilities, but I need to show you more than what I cannot do. Continue reading
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Posted on February 16, 2012 by bethesdablog
By Matthew Hobson
God loves all people. God has also given each of us gifts, and He loves us for our own gifts and talents. You may not immediately understand or recognize others’ gifts most of the time. It may take a while to see those unique talents, especially in those people with disabilities.
Others, who are not disabled, have the chance to demonstrate their talents in more situations, because they often have more opportunities than disabled people. Non-disabled people seem to have more experiences that enable them to discover their abilities. Continue reading
Filed under: Innovation, Spiritual Life | Tagged: abilities, ability, autism, disabilities, Disability, disabled, gifts, God, nonverbal, special, talents | 4 Comments »