The Secret to Contentment
by Joe Butler on July 22nd, 2022
The Secret to ContentmentThe words of a mentor of mine have stuck with me for two decades…”be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”Why do we care so much about what other people think of us? To the point that we change the way we behave to become someone who we think others want us to be…but who we were not created to be.For the past 12 years we have had the privilege of leading the Ability C...  Read More
Denied Access to Education
by Joe Butler on July 5th, 2022
So, along with 21 years of being a parent of a child with disability, I also have my Masters in Disability Studies with an emphasis in disability ministry. I mention this not to brag but because while studying I learned about the history of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).Originally, Congress enacted the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHA), in 1975 “to support s...  Read More
We Must Be Prepared
by Joe Butler on June 11th, 2022
Recently, a friend shared a story about one of her friends who has a child with autism. The family was told by the pastor of a church that they had nothing there for them. In essence, he was saying, you’re not welcome here because we are not prepared for you.Really?! The church has nothing for a family with a child with disability? What about Jesus? What about community? Jesus himself said, “let t...  Read More
Ability Tree Roots
by Joe Butler on June 11th, 2022
Hey there!Glad you found us online. Before I tell you what Ability Tree (AT) is all about let me share a little more about us and why we founded AT in the first place. We’re a family of five. A mom, dad and three kiddos. We all have needs, but our son Micah has an official diagnosis (cerebral palsy, ASD, and epilepsy, if you're wondering) and he’s the reason the organization exists.Here’s a little...  Read More