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New Year's Resolutions

Joni shares that real change comes through submittal to God, rather than by our own doing.

Ripe For Glory

Joni shares that each moment has purpose because we are being made ready for glory.

You're One Of Those

Joni shares why she is honored to be considered one of "those."

I Only Have Eyes For You

Joni sings "I Only Have Eyes for You" and interviews Ken for Valentine's Day.

Heart From The Disabled

Joni shares a letter from a former Heart for the Disabled family as Joni and Friends prepares to send out the Heart for the Disabled packages in time for Valentine's Day.

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Television Episodes

Making Sense of Autism: Part 1

Autism is on the rise. But its causes remain unknown, and a cure is yet to be found. Common misunderstandings include the notions that children with autism are not able to learn, or that their behavior is simply the result of poor discipline. In Part One, you’ll see these myths dispelled, as you look into the lives of families that include a child with autism. Part Two addresses a crucial question: What is the role of the church in the lives of families affected by autism? Find out what these families need most from the church—as well as the blessings that come from including every person in the body of Christ. Watch Part 2 Special Features Part 1: Dr. Laura Hendrickson, author of Finding Your Child’s Way on the Autism Spectrum, discusses issues of spiritual growth, parenting, and marriage for families that include a child with autism. Part 1 is sponsored in honor of Henry and Dorothy Pfister.

Joni and Friends' Family Retreat

For parents of a child with special needs, the extra challenges of daily life can be exhausting. At Joni and Friends' Family Retreat, a volunteer Short Term Missionary is paired with each family, to make sure Mom and Dad get a much needed break. Share a week with four Short Term Missionaries as they step out of their comfort zones and into the world of a child with special needs. Through this unique opportunity for service and friendship, families and volunteers experience God’s love in a whole new way.

When Disability Hits Home

What happens when disability really hits home – when God hands you a challenge that tests your convictions in practical, heart wrenching ways? Chuck Colson and R.C. Sproul, two of today’s most respected Christian leaders, have each faced the life-changing reality of having a grandchild with severe disability. As you take a rare look into their personal lives, you’ll see how Colson’s grandson Max, and Sproul’s granddaughter Shannon, have brought challenges and blessings to their families. Through these two children, God’s sovereignty, compassion, and tenderness are undeniably displayed. 

Katherine's Smile

Melissa has volunteered to serve as a Short Term Missionary (STM) at a Joni and Friends Family Retreat. At this Christ-centered camp for families who have a member with a disability, an STM is paired with each disabled camper, to assist them throughout the week. Melissa has no formal disability training – just a heart of compassion and the desire to share the love of Christ. When she is paired with nineteen year old Katherine, who is severely autistic and non-verbal, Melissa is faced with unexpected challenges. But God is at work, and hearts connect. You’ll see how His love breaks the barriers of disability. And you’ll see it best in Katherine’s smile!

Making Sense of Autism: Part 2

Part two: Autism is on the rise in America. But its causes remain unknown, and a cure is yet to be found. Common misunderstandings include the notions that children with autism are not able to learn, or that their behavior is simply the result of poor discipline. In Part One, you’ll see these myths dispelled, as you look into the lives of families that include a child with autism. Part Two addresses a crucial question: What is the role of the church in the lives of families affected by autism? Find out what these families need most from the church – as well as the blessings that come from including every person in the body of Christ. Special Features Part 2: Barbara J. Newman, author of Autism and Your Church, offers expert advice on how your church can welcome and include children with autism and their families.

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Organizations

Office of Disability Employment Policy

ODEP facilitates communication, coordination and promotion of public and private efforts to enhance the employment of people with disabilities. It also provides information, training, and technical assistance to America’s business leaders, organized labor, rehabilitation and service providers, advocacy organizations, families, and individuals with disabilities.

Canine Assistants

Canine Assistants is a non-profit organization that trains dogs to assist children and adults who have physical disabilties or other special needs. Dogs that are trained by Canine Assistants can turn on lights, open doors, pull wheelchairs, retrieve dropped objects, summon help, and provide secure companionship. 

Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. The types of canine companions provided include skilled companions, service, facility, and hearing dogs.

Guide Dog Foundation For The Blind

The Guide Dog Foundation For The Blind provides trained dogs for qualified blind persons at no charge. They have also trained hearing-impaired blind people as well as many physically challenged people to work with their service dogs. Services include a guide dog, a 25-day in-residence training program, board and lodging while the student is in residence at the Foundation, transportation costs within the continental U.S., and a follow-up program.

Guide Dogs for the Blind

The mission of Guide Dogs for the Blind is to provide Guide Dogs and training in their use to visually impaired people throughout the United States and Canada, free of charge. They also offer follow-up services to each graduate of our program at their home or place of business for the lifespan of their dog.

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Resources

Don't Waste Your Cancer

Cancer survivor and theologian John Piper powerfully shares how those battling cancer can depend on and glorify a sovereign God in “Don’t Waste Your Cancer.” image descriptionDownload