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Ideas For Serving Friends with Disabilities From Joni and Friends

Posted Jul 07 2010 7:00am

If you haven’t read a copy yet of Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend we encourage you to grab a copy today. In fact, we make it affordable to have three copies for just $15 in our Comfort Zone Bookstore . One for you and two to give away!

But we just discovered another wonderful resource that you can print out and give to your pastoral staff as well from Joni Erickson Tada’s ministry Joni and Friends , called “20 Ways to Serve a Friend with a Disability.”

A few of the examples include:

  • If there is a curb between the parking lot and a building, ramp it or build a curb cut.
  • Make an effort to include people with disabilities in community gatherings. Isolation is a health hazard.
  • Ask someone who is hearing impaired if the lighting is sufficient. Those who read
    lips find it hard to do so when the lighting is poor.
  • Be aware of families with children with disabilities. It may be difficult for parents to find experienced babysitters, but they, too, need an evening out now and then. Offer your services.

Another great resource from Rest Ministries for those with chronic illness is this article:  50 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend .

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