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Month: July 2015

A Quadriplegic Racecar Driver!

July 31, 2015 | Comments Off on A Quadriplegic Racecar Driver!
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When you’re quadriplegic, you quickly learn that the world of other quads is pretty small—we all are inspired by each other and we learn from each other. Several years ago while visiting Ontario Speedway, I met Sam Schmidt, a former Indy Racing League driver who is now a quadriplegic. He became paralyzed from the neck…

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My Job Helps Others… Communications Coordinator

July 31, 2015 | Comments Off on My Job Helps Others… Communications Coordinator
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Today we are interviewing Miss Tatiana who has the job Communications Coordinator at Joni and Friends. (Look for more interviews here.) Miss Tatiana, what do you do as a Communications Coordinator for Joni and Friends? I look for encouraging stories about disability, read about new laws that help people with disabilities and learn about different…

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48 Years as a Quadriplegic

July 30, 2015 | Comments Off on 48 Years as a Quadriplegic
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In 1967, a reckless dive into shallow water completely changed my life. I was only 17 and doctors were telling me I would never be able to use my hands or legs again. Those were dark days back then — days filled with anger towards God; days when I would tell my sister, “Just close…

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Volunteer at Family Retreat!

July 29, 2015 | Comments Off on Volunteer at Family Retreat!
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Our Family Retreats are filling up fast, but we are in need of more short-term missionaries to serve them. Lots of our Retreats need young, male STM’s right now (to pair with boys and teens with disabilities). But Bob and Ruthie Peterson (on the right) will be helping out, too. They are 72 and 70…

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Remembering 48 Years Ago

July 29, 2015 | Comments Off on Remembering 48 Years Ago

Tomorrow is a special day for Joni. Why? Forty-eight years ago, Joni went swimming and didn’t think to check how deep the water was before she dived in. That’s when she broke her neck and lost her ability to use her hands and feet! As you can imagine, when she realized she would never walk…

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A Place of Healing

July 28, 2015 | Comments Off on A Place of Healing
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You wouldn’t believe the stack of emails and letters I’ve received from people who have been blessed reading my book A Place of Healing – many of these messages come from people dealing with chronic pain and disability and, oh, how they love the insights in each chapter! And I have good news. I just…

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A Talent For Hugs

July 28, 2015 | Comments Off on A Talent For Hugs
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For Anna Kate, spending time with Andrew was easy — even if communication was challenging. As an STM volunteer at the Murrieta Family Retreat, she was paired with Andrew, a 14-year-old boy who has autism and is non-verbal. Even though he struggled with physical pain and understanding at times, he exhibited incredible joy. Whether with…

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Eliza’s Song about Heaven

July 27, 2015 | Comments Off on Eliza’s Song about Heaven

Eliza had tried so hard. She studied a lot in school and was at the top of her class. She loved to learn! Once she graduated, she decided she would become a teacher. But then one day, something awful happened in her classroom. A student was being disrespectful and hit her in the back! Eliza…

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Climbing Mt. Everest with Down Syndrome

July 27, 2015 | Comments Off on Climbing Mt. Everest with Down Syndrome
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The next time anyone tells you that you can’t do something, remind him or her that with God, all things are possible… then tell them Elisha’s incredible story! Eli Reimer has Down syndrome. He’s already an amazing teen, but he accomplished something most adults can only dream of: two years ago, at the age of…

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Happy 25 Years to the ADA!

July 26, 2015 | Comments Off on Happy 25 Years to the ADA!
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As a member of the National Council on Disability, I was thrilled to see the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act back in 1990. I remember sitting in my wheelchair on the White House lawn, watching President George H.W. Bush sign the ADA into law and thinking of all the possibilities for people like…

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