Monthly Archives: July 2016

We are ready, how about you?

“What more can I do?”
This is the question I dared to pray way back in January 2008. I wanted to know how to respond to the overwhelming compassion I felt for other families going through the same experience we were-families struggling to include their child with a disability into the life of their faith community. Congregations needed to be educated, individuals and families needed to know there was help…and hope.
Nine years later and countless conversations, conferences, events and educational opportunities later, my passion for working in the faith and disability field is well developed and I have a new question on my prayer list;
“What more can WE do?
Because this is about community… our community. As members of this community, we need to decide what we believe to be acceptable and in the best interest of all persons, regardless of their perceived abilities or disabilities.
Should people with disabilities be able to access …

A Place at the Table by Dianna Swenson

To know Dianna is truly to love her.  I am pretty sure anyone else who knows Dianna Swenson would agree.  She is a talented musician, passionate advocate, person of strong faith and mom to two sweet children, one of which has a disability with complex medical issues.  When she expressed an interest in writing down some thoughts on faith inclusion, I asked for her to send me whatever she had to share.  
Thank you for your story Dianna and we hope you keep writing, singing, praying and advocating! -K. Jackson
Yesterday I was in another church, an enormous church, a gorgeous church. A church that I was told was welcoming to all abilities, and they are, the people are, but the building isn’t.
In America, we have what is called the ADA, Americans with disabilities act and it requires by law for buildings to be accessible, and for a certain amount of …