Kids with Special Needs Want to Be of Service and Take Part in the Life of the Church

“Parents of children with special needs need to realize that even though they didn’t expect to have a child with special needs, that was the child God gave them, and God doesn’t make mistakes.” David and Mercedes McBride Rizzo came by that truth first hand when their daughter Danielle was diagnosed with autism at age [Read More…]

The 2015 Christopher Award Winners in Film, TV, and Books Are…

NEW YORK, April 8, 2015 — An Olympic gold medalist, the actor best known as “the Fonz,” and a nine-time Grammy Award-winning jazz musician are among the creative forces behind the 20 feature films, TV/Cable programs, and books for adults and young people being honored at the 66th annual Christopher Awards, to be presented in [Read More…]

Saving Society’s “Disposable” Kids: Filmmaker Brian Ivie Discusses “The Drop Box”

(All photos property of The Drop Box Film/Focus on the Family) On June 20, 2011, USC filmmaking student Brian Ivie was eating his breakfast cereal and reading the Los Angeles Times when he came across a story titled “South Korean Pastor Tends an Unwanted Flock.” It shared the actions of Pastor Jong-rak Lee, who had [Read More…]

“In People with Intellectual Disabilities, I Found a School of the Heart”

Throughout history, people with intellectual disabilities like Down Syndrome have often been shunned by society and even violently abused. But Special Olympics’ Chairman Tim Shriver has found that the young people he’s worked with have been his greatest teachers because of their kindness, wisdom, determination, and inherent dignity. His interest in intellectual disabilities stems partly [Read More…]


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