What People With Autism Want the Church to Know

Autism

I had the opportunity to ask some people with autism about what they want the church to know. I’m thankful that a number of people responded. This is important because I can only speak for […]

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Disability Ministry as the Church’s Mandate

Disability and Faith

In this video from Lausanne Movement in Capetown 2010, Steve Bundy challenges to the church to take the initiative in reaching those with special needs.

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5 Things You Should Know About Autism Parents

Disability and Faith

Every parent of a child with autism is different, but there is some common ground I have found with many parents. If you wish to care for and minister to families with autism, there are […]

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The Highlight of My Time at Church

Disability and Faith

I am a pastor and a father of two children with autism. My children live in a group home in another city and so have not yet been to the church where I have recently […]

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5 Things Autism-Friendly Churches Should Avoid

Autism Blog

I have been talking a lot about things that churches should do to become autism-friendly. I like the positive approach. At the same time, there are things that should be avoided as well. None of […]

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5 Things You Need to Know About Autism

Autism

People are more aware of autism in the sense that people know that it is out there and a lot of people have it. But there is still a lot of ignorance about what autism […]

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What the Church Needs to Know About Autism – Episode 4

Autism Blog

In this episode of “What the Church Needs to Know About Autism,” I encourage churches to support families through the grief of a diagnosis. While autism is not the end of the world, there is […]

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On Being an Autism Dad

Disability and Faith

I’m thankful to have Graham Ware share his story about being a relatively autism dad. Graham is the pastor of Centre Street Baptist Church and is also an army chaplain with Canadian Armed Forces reserves. […]

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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (1940s Style)

Batman v Superman

As someone who loves all the comics stuff from the 1940’s, I really enjoyed this version of a Batman v Superman trailer. It is well done and lots of fun.

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Autism Awareness is Not Enough

Autism Awareness

When I think about autism awareness, two things come to mind. One is that I am pleased that autism awareness has increased significantly. In fact there are times when I feel guilty that there is […]

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Audio Resources on Autism

Disability and Faith

One of the best ways to become more aware about autism to learn from good sources. La Trobe University in Australia has a tremendous amount of audio resources on almost every subject. I’m currently listening […]

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10 Commandments for Being an Autism-Friendly Church

Autism-Friendly Church

I am encouraged by the number of pastors and churches that have talked to me about being autism-friendly. How can a church become more welcoming to families that have autism? Here are the ten commandments. […]

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A Thoughtful Review of Batman v Superman

Batman v Superman

I came across this video review of Batman v Superman and thought it was quite good. She is able to express exactly what I felt about the movie. She is spot on.

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The Guilt of Relief

Autism

For some families, it is possible to care for their children with autism at home with just some additional support. In other cases, the behaviours that go along with autism make such a situation impossible […]

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Getting Emotions With Aspergers

Aspergers

An interview with John Elder Robison, a successful person with Asperger’s and his quest to experience emotions. Take a look at his books: Look Me in the Eyes: My Life With Asperger’s (USA) (Canada) Switched […]

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My Canada Includes an Extra Chromosome

Down Syndrome

This is so hard to believe. I’m a proud Canadian but this is absolutely disgusting. Here is the article that Rick Mercer refers to in the video.

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How is the Church Doing With Autism Awareness?

Disability and Faith

As I write this post, it is World Autism Awareness Day (April 2). Today at a church retreat, I had a conversation with another autism parent. We were discussing about how things were going with […]

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The Supergirl – Flash Crossover

Supergirl Flash

I took some time to watch the episode of Supergirl that had the Flash in it. I need to make two confessions. I have not been watching either of these series. I watched the first […]

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Emergence: Labelled Autistic

Disability and Faith

It is one thing to hear an expert talk about autism, it is another to hear a person with autism talk about autism. This is one of the reasons that people are drawn to Temple […]

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Batman v Superman – Communion Deleted Scene

Batman v Superman

This looks intriguing. Makes me look forward to where DC goes with this. Hopefully they don’t get spooked by the bad reviews.

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5 Female Superhero Movies I Would Like to See

Superheroines

It is no surprise that most of the superhero movies that have come out have been male heroes as that reflects the comic book trends. That is not say that there no great female heroes. […]

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Review

Batman v Superman

I was able to go out and see Batman v Superman today. Going into it, I was aware that a number of critics gave it bad or mixed reviews. However, I have learned that critics […]

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Faith, Autism and Taking Things Literally

Autism

I have been reading Temple Grandin’s Emergence: Labelled Autistic. In one of the chapters, Temple shares about an experience in chapel at the boarding school she attended as a child. I will share a portion […]

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Daredevil Season Two – First Thoughts

Comic Book Geek

I watched the first two episodes of the second season of Daredevil on Netflix. Obviously I can’t comment on the entire season based on two episodes but I can share my first impressions. I loved […]

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Adele Invites Girl With Autism to Sing Onstage

Disability and Faith

Popular singer, Adele, invited a young girl to join her onstage and to sing her favourite song. Emily Tammam has autism, ADHD and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Good for Adele for making this memory!

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What the Church Needs to Know About Autism – Episode 2

Autism

In this episode of “What the Church Needs to Know About Autism,” I encourage churches to eliminate the words “retard” and “retarded” from their vocabulary. What seems like an innocent word to some is devastating […]

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What the Church Needs to Know About Autism – Episode 1

Autism

The first in a series of videos looking at what the church needs to know about autism. In this episode I talk about the diversity within the autism spectrum disorder.  

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Asperger’s: Not What You Think It Is

Aspergers

What is Asperger’s Syndrome? It is currently under the label of Autism Spectrum Disorder but it has a uniqueness that needs to be understood. This TEDx talk will help you to have a better grasp […]

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Autism Resources for Parents

Autism Resources

  Autism Parenting Magazine (a magazine I have written for) is aware of the needs of families with children with autism. They have put together something called the Ultimate New Guide to Autism Resources for […]

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Christian Horizons Jubilee: Building Communities of Belonging

Disability and Faith

I thankful that I have had the chance to partner with Christian Horizons on some projects. They are an amazing organization.

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Pretending to Be Normal – Review

Pretending to Be Normal

What is it like to have autism? It is one thing to observe behaviours from the outside, it is another to get a firsthand account from someone about what it is like on the inside. […]

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Article in Autism Parenting Magazine

Autism Parenting

I am thankful that Autism Parenting Magazine has published an article of mine. My article is called “Understanding My Children with Autism in a New Way” and it is about how recent developments in my […]

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What Does an Autistic Christmas Look Like?

Autistic

Our two oldest children have autism and currently live together in a group home. For many years our life has been shaped by autism. But when first Abby and then later Logan went to live […]

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Spectrum – Autism Resource

Autism

If you are interested in issues surrounding autism and the church, I recommend Ron Sandison’s Spectrum website. Ron is a Christian speaker and author and has much to give to the church. Ron also has […]

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Purging of Comics But Not Memories

Comic Book Geek

I have collected comics since the early 70s. While I quit collecting comics when I got married (2000), that still left me with many boxes of a comic books. Now it is time for us […]

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Jessica Jones: Season One – Review

Comic Book Geek

I watched the first episode of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix tonight. I must confess that I have no familiarity of the comic book version and so I had no expectations. The basic premise is […]

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10 Asperger’s Symptoms

Asperger's

This is an interesting video but I need to say that these symptoms are not universal. This is what this young man experiences but another person may have different experiences.

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Jack Kirby Documentary

Comic Book Geek

One of my favourite comic book artists is Jack Kirby. He was able to make stories come to life like no one else. We cannot overstate how much Jack Kirby influenced comics, both DC and […]

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Autism and Emotion

Autism

I was once told by a well meaning lady that it must be tough to have children that I cannot connect with emotionally. I was really taken off guard as that is not my experience. […]

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My Thoughts on Daredevil

Daredevil

As I have mentioned before, I was a long-time comic collector and I currently enjoy superhero movies. When I heard about the Daredevil TV series, I was somewhat interested. I was always more of a […]

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What I Wish DC Had Done With the Green Lantern Movie

Green Lantern

Before Man of Steel was starting off the DC Universe, Green Lantern was going to do it. It was an exciting time having Hal Jordan on the big screen, making us imagine the possibilities of […]

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What Nonverbal Does Not Mean

Nonverbal

Two of my children are considered nonverbal. I find that there is a lot of confusion as to what that means. Some think it means the same as being mute. In this post I hope […]

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Giving Gotham a Chance

Gotham

I did not watch Gotham when it first came out as we only have Netflix. When I saw that Netflix had Gotham, I was quite excited as I really liked the premise behind the show. […]

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One of the Best Comic Book Stories

Comic Book Geek

One of the best comic books stories that I have ever read was published in the 1980s. I was collecting the Legion of Superheroes at was possibly the best time in their long publication history. […]

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What a Visit With Our Children With Autism Looks Like

Disability and Faith

We have two children with autism, both on the severe side, both considered nonverbal. They live in a group home together with two other children. We try to have them over for a visit every […]

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