Chronic Joy® Access • Accessibility. Opening doors. Removing barriers.

Chronic Joy® Access • Accessibility. Opening doors. Removing barriers.

Chronic Joy Access

Opening Doors. Removing Barriers.

Accessibility is an invitation to broaden our perspectives, choosing the simple kindness of including one another, opening doors, and removing barriers.

Invisible illness characterizes almost 96% of those with chronic illness.
Chronic Joy® Access • What does accessibility look like?

About Accessibility

Globally, more than 60% of the population lives with one or more chronic illnesses. Almost 96% are characterized as invisible illnesses. 

About 15% of the world’s population live with a disability and 10% have a medical condition which is considered a hidden disability.

Hidden and invisible mean showing no outward signs. Accessibility means so much more than being wheelchair friendly, it’s about removing barriers and taking steps to be more inclusive for a wide range of needs.

Think of the kindness you wish others would show you; do the same for them. Luke 6:31 Voice

ACCESSIBILITY • KINDNESS IN ACTION

We’ve all experienced what it’s like to be on the outside looking in, wanting to be seen, wanting to be included, to have a close friend, to be part of a dynamic and caring community. The more we are left out, the easier it becomes insulate ourselves from the pain of rejection and protect our hearts with the armor of separation.

But what if that pain opens a door for us to notice others who are on the fringe, to extend the kindness of a smile, a kind word, or a compassionate welcome? When we include others, we break down barriers and open doors that we wished would have been opened for us.

Each time we choose kindness, our defenses soften a bit.

While no one can truly understand the unique challenges we’ve experienced, those experiences equip us for the mission and ministry God has lovingly planned for each of us.

The ground beneath our own two feet is our mission field and extending kindness is the foundation of true accessibility.

ACCESSIBILITY REDEFINED

One definition of accessibility is the quality of being suitable or adapted for use by people with disabilities. Yet accessibility means so much more than being wheelchair friendly.

Being accessible is all about removing barriers and taking steps to be more inclusive for a wide range of needs. It means that we extend a warm and compassionate welcome to each person as if they are an honored guest.

A.W. Tozer wrote, The love of Jesus is so inclusive that it knows no boundaries.

As a global resource ministry dedicated to compassionately serving all those affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability, our hearts long to not only broaden our collective understanding of accessibility, but to take steps to include all.

 

Disabilities include:

  • Vision Impairments
  • Mobility Restrictions
  • Auditory Impairments
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Cognitive and Learning Disabilities
  • Medical Conditions
  • Mental Health Conditions
  • Pain Conditions

While the wide-range of accessibility needs is daunting, a great place to start is by asking questions. When we extend kindness through questions, really listening to the responses, we open doors and begin to break down barriers.

This compassion opens the door to authentic community. And deep down, isn’t that what we all long for?

HOW TO OPEN DOORS OF ACCESSIBILITY

At its core, kindness is selfless and sacrificial. It is leaning into Jesus and listening for His still small Voice. And it is courageously stepping out in faith as and how He leads, learning to care for and love one another deeply from the heart. 

Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit and it is an essential ingredient of a vibrant and growing faith. 

Accessibility is kindness in action – the love of God touching hearts and lives through:
  • Care
  • Compassion
  • Courtesy
  • Friendliness
  • Gentleness
  • Goodness
  • Grace
  • Helpfulness
  • Hospitality
  • Patience
  • Tenderness
  • Thoughtfulness
  • Understanding
  • Unselfishness
  • Warmth

ACCESS FOR ALL

 

Accessibility means choosing to extend and receive kindness – even the smallest, servant-hearted kindness can be used by God to effect greater change than we may ever know this side of Heaven.

1.  Speak a word of hope or encouragement. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 MSG
2.  Send a #PenToPaper note to a friend or loved one. Galatians 6:11 DARBY
3.  Comfort someone who is sick or injured. Luke 10:30-35
4.  Ask questions about how we might serve one another in love. Proverbs 2:2 NCV
5.  Hold the door for the person behind you. Romans 12:10
6.  Ask for help when you need it and be willing to accept it. Philippians 4:6 TPT
7.  Listen. Listening is the foundation of accessibility. All of us have a story to tell. And all of us have unspoken needs. Proverbs 20:5 
8.  Pray for someone then call, email, or text them to let them know. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 TPT

STEPPING IN

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INTENTIONAL KINDNESS

Intentional Kindness • Show up. Lean In. And be intentionally kind.

Show up. Lean in. And be intentionally kind. Kindness is love in action. It shapes the relationships between us and builds a strong foundation of deeply caring and faith-enriched communities. LEARN MORE.

PRINTABLES

Printables • Downloadable Hope

Downloadable Hope! Resources, tips, and tools to encourage and inspire everyone affected by chronic illness. More than 70 beautifully designed, FREE printables, and there are always more coming. Step in, check back, download a little hope today. LEARN MORE.

RADICAL COMMUNITY

Radical Community • Love One Another Deeply from the Heart

LOVE ONE ANOTHER DEEPLY FROM THE HEART Radical community is rooted in love, nourished in prayer, and strengthened in courageous vulnerability as we listen, engage, forgive, learn, grow, serve, and extend compassion to all. LEARN MORE.

AUDIO

Audio Resources

Audio is an invitation to listen, to be engaged and enriched through one-on-one storytelling, anytime and in any place, through the caring, compassionate, and friendly voices of Chronic Joy’s guest writers and of our own Voices of Chronic Joy® volunteers. LEARN MORE.

#PENTOPAPER

#PenToPaper

#PenToPaper is a heartfelt ministry of time.  A gift of hope and encouragement, and a reminder to someone that they are thought of, cared about, and prayed for. LEARN MORE.

PASS IT ON

Pass It On! Making the Journey Easier for One Another

Making the journey easier for one another. You’re invited to Pass It On! Do you know a great resource – book, blog, or website? Do you someone you could introduce Chronic Joy to? LEARN MORE.

FREE IMAGES

Chronic Joy® Free Images

Need eye-catching, FREE images? Discover 1000s of inspiring, faith-based photos. Now available for immediate, high-res download for your ministry, organization, social media, or to simply encourage friends and loved ones with a beautiful photo in a text or email. LEARN MORE.

PRAYER MINISTRY

Prayer Pond

Your Safe Harbor for Prayer.  Share prayer requests, updates, and shouts of praise. It’s safe, secure, and always without judgement. LEARN MORE.

#CONNECTBYTEXT

#ConnectByText • Never underestimate the power of a simple text.

Looking for a way to connect with, encourage, inspire, and love on others? Text them! Encourage someone, spread a little hope, and let another know they are cared about, prayed for, and loved. Never underestimate the power of a simple text. LEARN MORE.

FRIEND-RAISING

Chronic Joy® Friend-Raising • Cultivate. Strengthen. Build. It’s all about relationships.

Cultivate. Strengthen. Build. It’s all about relationships. Friend-Raising starts with story – with our why – why we give, serve, pray, and invest our time, talents, and resources in the mission and ministry of Chronic Joy®. And the best part? You only need a few good friends to start! LEARN MORE.

BOOKS WE LOVE!

Books We Love

We’ve handpicked outstanding books JUST FOR YOU! When you shop through our Books We Love page, your purchase helps support the mission and ministry of Chronic Joy.
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#STEPREPPRAY

#StepRepPray is an invitation to meet with God in movement.

#StepRepPray is an invitation to meet with God in movement. Always at the pace of grace. With each step or every rep, seek God’s guidance, worship and praise Him, thank Him for the gift of movement, and lift your heart in prayer for others. LEARN MORE.

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