Ellen Stumbo: Hope and Encouragement for Parents of Kids With Disabilities

I am the Founder and Directorof Disability Matters.  I'm a writer and speaker who focuses on sharing the real -sometimes beautiful and sometimes ugly - aspects of faith, church, disability, parenting, and adoption. My writing has appeared on Focus on the Family, LifeWay, MomSense, Not Alone, Mamapedia and the Huffington Post.  You can find me blogging at ellenstumbo.com or follow me on Facebook and twitter.

Why I Choose Not to Write Personal Details About My Children With Disabilities

A couple of days ago my oldest daughter said, “My friend is following you on Instagram.” I did’t give it much thought initially, but when I thought about the pictures I share and the words I write — especially about my children with disabilities — I felt a sudden sense of dread. These are the […] The post Why I Choose Not to Write Personal Details About My Children With Disabilities appeared first on Ellen Stumbo ....more

The 20 Books I Read in 2017

My goal was to read 24 books this year; two each month. But alas, in the midst of moving and starting a full-time job, I only read 19. Edited to add: 20, I read 20 but I forgot, so I added it at the end of the post ....more

When a Classmate Called My Daughter the R-Word

We knew this day would happen, the day someone would call one of my kids the r-word. The r-word is hate-speech towards people with disabilities. The disability community is vocal about the use of the word and why it is harmful and violent towards their community ....more

Surviving the Summer With Kids With Disabilities

Summer break is here, and for some kids with disabilities, the change in routine can be a challenge (which means it can be a challenge for the parents, too). In this last episode of Unexceptional Moms, Erin and I talk about surviving the summer with kids with disabilities. We don’t offer any gound breaking insights, […] The post Surviving the Summer With Kids With Disabilities appeared first on Ellen Stumbo ....more

Helping Our Children With Learning Disabilities

For some of us who have children with learning difficulties, it can be hard to identify...more

Disability Etiquette When Meeting Kids With Disabilities and Their Parents

Before having kids with disabilities, I was not aware about my interactions around people with disabilities. When our friends’ daughter was born with Down syndrome, I said some things that were ignorant and showed how little I knew about people with disabilities. I did not know what to say or not to say or how […] The post Disability Etiquette When Meeting Kids With Disabilities and Their Parents appeared first on Ellen Stumbo ....more

Surviving the NICU

My middle daughter was a preemie. She was born at 24 weeks. She was born in Ukraine, where she had no mother or father to look after her ....more

Dear Mom of a Child With a Disability, I Celebrate You

Having a child with a disability can make life different from what other moms of typical children experience. On a day like Mother’s Day, while friends receive cards from their kids, breakfast in bed as a result of the loving attempt from little chefs, and homemade gifts, your heart yearns for the day you hear […] The post Dear Mom of a Child With a Disability, I Celebrate You appeared first on Ellen Stumbo ....more

Why Women’s Conferences Need to Consider Moms of Kids With Disabilities

I spoke at a Christian Women’s Conference last weekend. There were more than 600 women in attendance and as statistics would suggest, there were several women who parent kids with disabilities. We connected, we shared, we laughed, we cried together ....more
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