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The Arts and Disability

The Holy Spirit has gifted some people with imagination and artistry that generate delight for all of us when it finds expression. In this issue, people with and without disabilities share their creative expression in poetry, story, song, and image. 


Wait. You’re Disabled!

Terry DeYoung examines the idea that non-disabled people can be surprised at the idea that someone living with a disability can be creative.

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Of Gardens, Lakes, and Whimsy

Rose Redmond works at the drop-in art program at Brothers and Sisters Homes in Holland, MI. and shares artwork created by the artists she has the pleasure of connecting with in this program.

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Pillowtalk: Poetic Responses to Adversity

Ivan Mulder wrote free-verse poems about his wife, Ruth during the first year following her death. Ruth experienced disability challenges for 45 years.

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Quiet Place

Cassie has been visually impaired since birth. She serves as Worship and Music Director  as well as Disability Advocate of her church and Regional Advocate for Minnesota Classis RCA.  She has written and released "Quiet Place".

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Creative expressions

Michèle Gyselinck is the Regional Advocate for Classis Eastern Canada. She lives with schizophrenia and expresses herself creatively through painting.

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Managing Anxiety through Art and Acting

Kyla Hewis is a university student who lives with anxiety. Art and theatre help her manage the anxieties of everyday life.

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The Intersection of Faith, Creativity, and Disability

Prior to working for CRC Disability Concerns ministry, Becky worked as an art therapist and at an art gallery. She shares about this creative work.

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Please Note

To access PDF versions of this newsletter (including large print) and the audio version, please visit the Network post for Breaking Barriers Summer 2021. Spanish and Korean translations of the Summer Breaking Barriers will be available soon.


Fall 2021—Speech differences
People living with speech differences, such as stuttering and cerebral palsy that affects speech, face various challenges such as avoidance of interacting with others, not being allowed to finish their thoughts, and even assumptions others make about their intelligence. If you live with a speech difference, please tell us a story or give us your advice in no more than 400 words. Send your submission by August 2.

Winter 2021—Young people with disabilities
In Canada and the United States, about 13 percent of people ages 15–30 live with a disability. Are you one of them? Send your submission  By September 27, (up to 400 words) about living with a disability when nearly 90 percent of your peers do not.

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Breaking Barriers is produced by Christian Reformed Church in North America and Reformed Church in America Disability Concerns ministries.

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3475 Mainway, Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8

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