Posts Tagged ‘Disability’

Disability and Faith: How religious groups combat ableism

Monday, August 8th, 2022

Too many disabled people encounter excuses when they ask for access to worship spaces. “It’s not in our budget,” religious leaders will say to the wheelchair user who can’t fit into a bathroom stall. Or, “We can’t make that alteration just for you.” Budget constraints are real, but too often, enabling greater access to people Read more

‘My Body Is Not a Prayer Request’ imagining a disability centered church

Monday, May 16th, 2022

“God told me to pray for you!” is about the last thing Amy Kenny wants to hear when she cruises into church riding Diana, the mobility scooter she has named after Wonder Woman. It’s not that she has anything against prayer. Kenny, a Shakespeare scholar and lecturer at the University of California, Riverside who is Read more

Quitting online church is abandoning the one for the 99

Thursday, February 17th, 2022

“I agree online church is an intriguing idea to include families and individuals affected by disability,” I said, leaning back in my chair. “But I don’t think it can work.” I spoke those words in 2009, in a casual conversation with other inclusive ministry leaders about what it might look like for churches to be Read more

Workshops about disability and participation – everyone has a role to play

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

People with disabilities want to be treated as people first – rather than by being defined by impairment and everyone has a role to play in helping bring that to fruition. That was the message from the 2018 Social Justice Week Workshop held last Saturday at St Thomas More Parish Church in Mt. Maunganui. Caritas Read more

Shortland Street’s Down syndrome storyline inappropriate and offensive

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

A suggestion to abort a Down syndrome pregnancy in the popular New Zealand television soap opera Shortland Street has drawn fire from The Down Syndrome Association. They say they weren’t consulted about the storyline which is described as reflecting outdated thinking and failing to represent an inclusive society. Association spokesperson Kim Porthouse said the organisation Read more

Euthanasia Bill clearly intends to go beyond terminal illness

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
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“What is clear is that this Bill intends to go beyond terminal illness; what is unclear is exactly what conditions are in or out,” says the Disability Rights Commissioner. “It is readily apparent that the scope is unclear and misunderstood,” said Paula Tesoriero. Paula Tesoriero published a scathing assessment of David Seymour’s End of Life Read more

Euthanasia bill poses risks for disabled says Disability Commissioner

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

The Disability Commissioner and some people with disabilities say legalising euthanasia could lead to the erosion of rights for disabled people who choose to live. Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says David Seymour’s private member’s the End of Life Choice Bill, which was currently before the Justice Select Committee, undermined years of work to change perceptions Read more

Chinese sisters: a new approach to helping the disabled

Monday, September 4th, 2017

BEIJING, China — As soon as the first sisters moved onto the church grounds in a rural region outside of Beijing, the babies started showing up on the doorstep. They were babies with severe disabilities, abandoned at a few months old, with no trace of the family who left them behind. China’s one-child policy was not Read more

Principal’s letter leaves family with autistic son speechless

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

A heartfelt letter from a small Otorohanga primary school principal has left a autistic student smiling and his parents speechless and emotional. The Maihiihi School principal, Glenn MacPherson, snuck a gift wrapped parcel and a letter into student Cam Uden’s school bag last Tuesday. His dad, Jason Uden, discovered it and shared the letter on Twitter as a show of thanks. Read the letter

Abortions on babies with cleft palates have tripled in England

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Abortions of British babies with cleft palates has tripled in just four years as would-be parents rely on ultrasound scans to get advance warning of health problems and thousands of others are aborted because of various disabilities. New government data indicate while four unborn babies were aborted in 2011 because they had cleft palates, 11 Read more