UMC amendment: https://gcsrw.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/open-the-door-to-add-abilities-in-the-united-methodist-constitution/ NYT Disability series: segregation lives https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/opinion/if-youre…
UM Disability blog: DMC Faith Development Curriculum released http://umdisability.blogspot.com/2017/05/faith-development-curriculum-released.html Creating a culture of accessibility (in a specific tech product, but the principles transfer)…
A new faith development curriculum is now available from the Disability Ministries Committee of the United Methodist Church. In twelve lessons, with guidance materials, the lessons are suitable for confirmation classes or general church life classes wi…
GBCS: a response to AHCAhttps://umc-gbcs.org/faith-in-action/some-bad-news1NYT disability serieshttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/opinion/my-medicaid-my-life.htmlUS News & World Report: Wheelchairshttp://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/2017-05…
by Rev. Leo Yates, Jr.May is known for many observances, but it is also known for Mental Health Awareness Month. In our churches, we often feed the souls of our congregants and visitors, which includes speaking to the whole person: mind, body, and spir…
As we approach annual conference season, a reminder about the amendment to Article 4:http://umdisability.blogspot.com/2017/02/umc-article-4-amendment.html Most housing discrimination problems are related to disability: https://nextcity….
Early bird registration for the 4th Global Methodist Missions Conference of the Deaf ends soon! $325 for four days, three nights and meals! Life changing event! Go to llumc.org/4gmd today!
Civil rights, ADA, and the effects of recent and proposed changes:
New efforts at healthcare “reform”
A book that may interest some of our members:
How language often isolates people with disabilities:
We have long encouraged thought about the role of God in design:
This effort is also a reminder that the healing stories of the gospels include community restoration and inclusion:
GBCS on healthcare “reform”:
Congress was unable to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) because most of them believed it would harm people they represent.
The AHCA would leave 24 million people without health coverage, end Medicaid expansion, and cut Medicaid by $840 billion over 10 years hurting the most vulnerable among us.
The new changes worsen the bill by giving states the ability to eliminate key protections for people with pre-existing conditions, requirements to cover essential healthcare (e.g. pregnancy visits), and allow insurance companies to set lifetime caps and annual limits. A lifetime cap, for example, could limit services people who are recovering from addiction — a journey that is hard fought requiring consistent support.
As United Methodists, we are seeking improvements to current healthcare laws that increase access to affordable, quality healthcare for all. This legislation is moving in the wrong direction.
Call your Representative TODAY and urge them to Vote No.
Learning to Sing Again (NYT disability feature) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/opinion/learning-to-sing-again.html Social justice and disability in language http://harvardmagazine.com/2017/05/social-justice-in-linguistics UM D…