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August 1, 2012
August 1, 2012 Dear State Legislator:                 We, the undersigned members of the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC) and other religious and religiously-affiliated organizations, urge you to support participation of your State in the expanded Medicaid program authorized by Public Law 111-148, the...
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August 1, 2012
August 1, 2012 Dear Governor:                 We, the undersigned members of the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC) and other religious and religiously-affiliated organizations, urge you to support participation of your State in the expanded Medicaid program authorized by Public Law 111-148, the Affordable...
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February 3, 2012
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St. Aidan's acolyte team. Photo/James Pettit [Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta] Victor Catanzaro can’t see, and he can’t walk. And he doesn’t have a lot of strength in his upper body. But he can serve as an acolyte in an Episcopal church. How can this be? Well, it takes a parish. About three years ago, Betsy Jones, who serves as acolyte master at St. Aidan’s, Milton,...
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December 16, 2011
The Free Wheelchair Mission brings new life to disadvantaged and disabled people in India. Photo/Free Wheelchair Mission [Episcopal News Service] Christmas is less than two weeks away but there’s still plenty of time for last-minute gifts that give back. From $3 to $300, local and international nonprofit agencies offer alternative gifts – and not just during the holidays –...
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December 15, 2011
Bishop J. Jon Bruno greets Erin Tharp of St. John's Church, Corona, at the Dec. 2-3 convention of the Diocese of Los Angeles. Photo/Janet Kawamoto [Episcopal News, Los Angeles] Erin Tharp of Corona preached a powerfully inspiring sermon Nov. 20 at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church without uttering a single word. The 28-year-old former straight-A student, who has been in a wheelchair...
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November 4, 2010
Lori and Tom Ferazzi were out of options. For years, they searched for the best educational opportunities for their son, Eric, who has Down syndrome, but every road was a dead end. Their journey eventually led home to their church, Good Shepherd in Friendswood, where the rector, the Rev. Jim Nelson, helped them found The Horizon School. Public schools try to accommodate children with special...
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August 17, 2009
Dear Conferee: We write, on behalf of the civil rights, religious, professional, civic, and educational groups below, to urge you to retain the Senate-passed hate crime provisions in the final version of this legislation – without the adopted language on the death penalty and mandatory new guidelines for hate crime prosecutions (which were added as a “poison pill” to try to...
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July 11, 2009
Two of the most engaging visitors to July 11 hearings on proposals for developing prayers for the life and loss of companion animals didn't speak a word. They just wagged their tails. Service dogs Emily, soon to become companion to a disabled veteran, and Kona, who assists her owner plus shepherds her own ministry – Dogs for God – attended the Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music...