A photo of Ellie Wenger at age 3 riding on her dad’s shoulders was on the back page of the Anabaptist Disabilities Network’s Connections newsletter for perhaps ten years. “I’m famous!” Ellie exclaimed when she saw the newsletter and photo recently.
I will always remember a Toronto newspaper headline from February 3, 2012: “Toronto police shoot and kill man with scissors wearing hospital gown.” The day was like any other. Crisp, clear, and likely well below the freezing point. A quiet, snowy residential suburb in Toronto, Canada, was just waking up and starting its day when suddenly a man appeared out of nowhere holding two pairs of scissors in his hands. The man was wearing nothing more than a hospital gown and clearly seemed confused and in a daze. Reports later confirmed the fact that he had somehow made his way out of the psychiatric ward of the local hospital and down the street. Nevertheless, instead of using a calming influence, the police acted out of instinct, shooting and ultimately killing the man.
Plan for their future
Join us for an informative evening about how to develop estate plans that benefit your loved one with disabilities. Presented by Randall Jacobs, J.D. April 28, 2016, at Everence, 1110 N. Main St., Goshen. Please RSVP by April 14.
We Are Able Workcamp
This past summer I had the privilege of being one of the leaders at the We Are Able workcamp where I served alongside eight We Are Able workcampers and two young adult assistants. Through our time of devotions, shared meals, service, and play, a beautiful community formed over the three days we spent together.
Open Hearts, Open Doors
At Anabaptist Disabilities Network, we believe that good news for people with disabilities is close to the heart of Jesus’ gospel message. Again and again Jesus is drawn to people with various disabilities, and they in turn are drawn to him and find wholeness.
Dancing with Alta
I would like to introduce you, or re-introduce you, to Alta Good-Elliott. Alta is a dancer who happens to also have Down syndrome. When she was very small, her photos graced the front of an early brochure for Anabaptist Disabilities Network, and we used her photo on our conference display until recently.
Let Them Be Sad
In the recent children’s movie Inside Out, we journey with a young girl, Riley, as she discovers what it means to have emotions. Her primary emotions include: fear, disgust, anger, joy, and sadness. At the beginning, Joy believes it is her sole duty to ensure Riley’s happiness and to quell any unpleasant moments; yet over time, she soon learns the important role sadness plays in Riley’s life. In fact, it is because of Riley’s ability to feel grief and loss, that she feels comforted during many major life transitions.
Partnering with the Church of the Brethren
In January Anabaptist Disabilities Network and Church of the Brethren Congregational Life Ministries renewed and expanded our agreement to work together to advocate for persons with disabilities in the church. Since 2014 a representative of the Church of the Brethren has served on the ADNet board of directors, working with ADNet to support Anabaptist congregations, families, and persons touched by disabilities to nurture inclusive communities.