Disability


08
Feb 2018
Architecture, Theology, Disabilities, and Scotland: A Bit More about Topher's Next Steps

It’s never easy leaving a place where you feel welcomed and cared for, nor is it easy to leave a city like Austin (what with the incredible urban green space and all those delicious breakfast tacos). So, it may seem like a surprising move to many to hear that I’m leaving not just UCC or Austin, but the country completely. I’d like to share a bit more about the lead-up that went on behind the scenes so that everyone can not only see how I fell into this PhD program, but also......

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17
Jan 2018
Changing our Pews: Access and Worship

If you have ventured into the University Christian sanctuary over the past few months, you may have recognized that a few pews have lost a bit of weight. Specifically, four of our pews were cut by 36 inches each to ensure that any person who used a wheelchair could fully participate in the service. In the past, a person using a wheelchair had a few options. For starters, if they used the chair but could shift into a different seat, they could navigate out of their chair and around the side of......

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26
Jul 2017
A group of Japanese protestors walk and push wheelchairs in a wide file down the street while several hold a large yellow banner.

What happens when we forget? What happens when we refuse to acknowledge pain and struggle and heartache and loss? What happens when we lose track of those who weep, when we turn away from those who cry out, when we forsake those who display their wounds in public? One year ago today, a group home for adults with significant disabilities was attacked by a lone terrorist. Before breaking in and murdering 19 residents, Satoshi Uematsu (a former caretaker in the facility) wrote a manifesto condemning the service and care of those with......

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25
Jan 2017

It’s true, I’m just not on Shakira’s level, I suppose. What I mean by this is that I’ve had some gnarly hip pain on several of my training runs, dating back before Christmas. It’s been really disheartening to cut runs short, cut back on my weekly mileage, and to watch my times slowly creep back up. I think I’ve managed to move past it with a regimen of stretching, strength-building, yoga, and rest, but hip pain belies an unfortunate truth when it comes to running a marathon – I’ve never done this......

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