Recommended Resources

Other PURE Ministry Resources

Background/Family

Same Lake, Different Boat by Stephanie Hubach: refreshing and Biblical viewpoint on disability as part of a fallen world. Good starting point for those unfamiliar with disabilities.

Snappin’ Ministries  A ministry in pursuit to continuously support and encourage those living with the challenge of parenting a special needs child, so that the genuine love and hope of Jesus will be experienced and shared in their every day lives. http://www.snappin.org

A Never Give Up Heart by Beverly Linder: An encouraging guide for parents of all kids, especially those with extra challenges. She has lost two children with special needs. Can be used as a group study. Also, check out the website:http://www.special-heart.com/

Works of God Blog: John Knight of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Reflections on the sovereignty of God over disability, disease and suffering, for God’s glory and for our good.
http://theworksofgod.com/

Insight for Living: A ministry of Colleen Swindoll with a collection of personal and compassionate stories relating suffering & disability to God’s love and compassion. http://www.insight.org/resources/topics/special-needs/

Wrestling with an Angel: A Story of Love, Disability and the Lessons of Grace by Greg Lucas: A brief reflection of a father’s perspective of his son with disabilities and how their relationship parallels ours with God. A very honest look at the daily struggles faced by many families living with disabilities. A must read for the leadership team of a disability ministry.

 Children

Special Needs Smart Pages by Joni & Friends: addresses specific disabilities, volunteer recruitment & training, Bible lessons, printable posters & handouts. Entire book is on CD for easy printing.

Special Needs, Special Ministry by Joni Eareckson Tada: stories of families & churches seeking to meet needs. Includes stories of struggle & success.

Just the Way I Am by Krista Horning: Beautiful photographs of kids & young adults with disabilities in every day experiences accompanied by Biblical statements to help all of us understand our similarities. Krista, the author, has disabilities and her book is an incredible display of the stunning simplicity of God’s love for us – all of us.

Curriculum & Adaptations

Adapt My World: Homemade Adaptations for People with Disabilities by J. Rose Plaxen – very easy, practical and inexpensive ideas on adapting your church environment.

Lifeway Special Needs Materials: Bible study materials, free downloads, handouts about specific disabilities. Materials geared toward children and adults. Don’t miss their Vacation Bible School curriculum.
http://www.lifeway.com/n/Ministries/Special-Needs

Do2Learn: free & low cost printable picture cards to use for schedules, communication, labels, etc. Also has lots of information about specific disabilities.
http://www.do2learn.com/picturecards/overview.htm

Friendship Ministries: Curriculum, Bible Study materials and other resources to use in disability ministry. Spanish materials are available. An emphasis on intellectual disabilities.
http://friendship.org/

The Inclusive Church with Amy Fenton Lee: www.theinclusivechurch.com
Excellent and frequently updated blog.
Surviving and Thriving: Volunteer training DVD – excellent content!

ConnectAbility: A local organization working collaboratively with churches in the community to provide respite. See registration forms for examples. (Scroll down to the bottom to find links.)
http://www.ConnectAbilityInc.org

 

Teaching Kids about Disability

What’s Wrong with Timmy? by Maria Shriver: A long read, but a good way to gently open up discussion about disability. Best suited for 2nd grade and up.

We Can Do It! by Laura Dwight: Photographs of pre-school age kids with physical disabilities accomplishing every day tasks.

Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities by Barbara J. Newman: A guide designed for church or school to help facilitate inclusive relationships.

I Can, Can You? By Marjorie W. Pitzer: A board book of photographs of toddlers & young children with Down syndrome doing all sorts of daily preschool activities. Great way to introduce very young children to how similar we all are!

Other Disability Organizations

The Little Light House: The Little Light House is a tuition-free Christian developmental center located in Tulsa, OK providing educational and therapeutic services for children with special needs ages birth to six.   http://www.littlelighthouse.org/

Joni & Friends: A well-established, international ministry committed to extending the love of Jesus to people affected by disability. Includes resources on starting a ministry as well as Joni’s many books and materials.
http://www.joniandfriends.org/

Key Ministry: Helps churches begin special needs ministry with an emphasis on children. Goal: “A church for every child.”
http://www.keyministry.org/