Self-Advocacy: how to thrive with a disability at church

In the eyes of the world, I am weak. I have a physical disability that is very visible. I use a wheelchair outside of my house and I need hands-on help every day. These exact weaknesses make me strong. These limits teach me how to advocate. Self-advocacy is about more than feeling like you’re doing just enough. It’s about finding the …

A Spotlight on Project Starfish: One Goal, Many Voices to Break Disability Perceptions

Culture, as a whole, needs to learn about focus. Seeing the strengths of someone. Looking past any obstacles. Coming from the angle of ability. Fact: There is a high level of unemployment for people with disabilities. However, there is a passion to break the employment barriers. Recently I connected with Project Starfish, a group that began as a startup at …

Short Doesn’t Mean Incapable

Today Becky Curran joins our ongoing look into disability misconceptions. She works to fight for inclusion and erase the way culture assumes things about little people. This is her story. ******* As a little person professional, I work in the diversity realm and appreciate the inclusion of every diverse population, however it concerns me that disability, which includes little people, …

Breaking Through Barriers: When Expectations Affect Hope

I had a favorite verse in high school. It was Proverbs 19:21 — “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” I knew what was going to happen next. I was going to college. Just like my brothers. Just like many of my friends. This was one …

From One Word to 500 Words

At the end of the year, I came across something called “One Word 365” on Twitter. I explored what it meant. Everyone picks a word relating to their own journey, a word they need to practice. The point is to not just set resolutions for the new year, but to be stretched in new ways. The word should inspire and …