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Introducing Beyond Suffering Advanced Studies: A Christian View on the Healthcare Humanities

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 13, 2015
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

Beyond Suffering Advanced StudiesBeyond Suffering Advanced Studies: A Christian View on the Healthcare Humanities is a unique and groundbreaking advanced course designed to reintroduce the ancient ideal of practical reasoning, self...

A Little Girl's Dream Comes True

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 10, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Cammy and Duncan KeithLittle Cammy was born with Rett syndrome, a rare and severe neurological disorder that left her unable to walk or speak—which means she can’t play sports like most kids. But Cammy loves watching hockey, especially when...

People are Opportunities to Love God

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 7, 2015
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  • Cause 4 Life

Cause 4 Life Global Missions and InternsLet the statement sink in. Read it again… say it out loud. Why… Because it’s a call to the church, to the working professional, to the stay at home mom, to the college student, to the retired layman. No one can escape the command to “love your neighbor as...

Autism TV Episodes

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 6, 2015
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  • Radio, Video Archives

Caleb BundyFor parents Steve and Melissa Bundy, parenting their teenage son Caleb who has autism is not easy. Because Caleb is nonverbal, his parents must communicate with him through a picture communication board. A simple trip to the grocery store may require the assistance of therapist — not to mention a lot of prayer for Caleb to remain calm during the shopping trip. And then there are the unwelcome stares and comments: people referring to Caleb as “retarded” or criticizing Melissa’s parenting. But Caleb does not have mental delays; rather, Caleb learns differently. And Melissa and Steve love and care for their children with all their heart...

California End-Of-Life Options Act

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 2, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

California End-Of-Life Options ActEver since Brittany Maynard's well-publicized decision to end her life through assisted suicide, there have been a rash of assisted suicide bills being considered in state assemblies across the US. Even in my own state of California. It's why I am asking you to pray against the passage of SB 128 currently being considered by our state – many disability organizations are opposing this bill because disability advocates realize that it could open the door to abuses; after all, who's to say when a disabling condition is "terminal?" Many people with significant disabilities could feel pressure from their insurers, and others may feel it's their "duty to...

A Carwash like You've Never Seen!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 30, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Rising Tide Car WashMost adults diagnosed on the autism spectrum possess a keen attention to detail, and a fascination with repetitious actions. Some might count these as 'faults,' but not at this carwash! Employees with autism are giving this place of business a real competitive edge. Just watch!

Brand New: Joni and Friends Throw Blanket

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 25, 2015
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  • What's New in Our Store

Joni and Friends Throw BlanketOur cozy, new plush throw in “Joni blue” has a mink touch feel, trimmed with matching binding – the softest fleece ever! You’ll want to use it at sporting events, outdoor picnics, or simply to stay warm when it’s chilly outside. Tell your friends about the ministry of Joni and Friends - the embroidered logo is a great conversation starter! Visit the Joni and Friends store to order.

Thank you for having a Heart for the Disabled!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 25, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, Radio

Kempton Turner FamilyEvery year, I ask radio listeners to join our “Heart for the Disabled” project by sending cards and gifts to five special needs families. Well, on February 14, each of these families was surprised with a big box at their front door full of your letters, drawings, poems, gift cards, stuffed animals—and encouragement...

Dear Future Mom... Life with Down Syndrome

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 16, 2015
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  • Radio

Dear Future Mom...When an expectant mother hears the words "Your child may have Down syndrome," her heart and mind are flooded with thoughts and emotions … Thoughts such as, "Will my child live?" or "How are we going to care for a special needs child?" But the one question just about any expectant mother of a child with Down syndrome will ask is, "What kind of life will my child have?" Clouded by fears of the unknown, cultural stigma, and family pressures, many mothers struggle to make...

Thank You for Giving Children a Life-Changing Gift

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 12, 2015
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  • Wheels For The World

Alejandro and his parentsWhen Alejandro was born with a disability, his parents fell to their knees in despair. In their country of Cuba, poverty presses down hard and medical help is scarce. Wheelchairs for a child like Alejandro are rare – scarcely available and impossible to afford...

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