American churches are failing congregants with disabilities

American churches are failing to meet the needs of children with cognitive and conduct disorders, a study by the National Survey of Children’s Health found last year. In fact, children with autism are twice as likely to never attend religious services compared to kids with no chronic health conditions. As researcher Andrew Whitehead concluded, “This population is unseen because they never show up, or when they do, they have a negative experience and never return.”

It may come as a shock to you that churches are unable or unwilling to meet the needs of kids with developmental delays and learning disabilities — especially if you’re a parent of children without any significant differences. But for people like me — a parent of three adopted children and two who have Down syndrome — these revelations barely induce a yawn. This is a situation we’ve been wrestling with and tirelessly trying to improve for years.

Recently, I was at an evangelical church service to talk about my book, Scoot Over and Make Some Room, which explores the intricacies of my family life and the ways in which many of the systems in our society have yet to make room for my kids and others like them. The pastor who was interviewing me prefaced his first question by saying, “parents who have kids with disabilities such as Down syndrome, really wish their children didn’t have that, that they could take it away.”

I cringed inside. I was so shocked to hear this religious leader, standing before a sea of people who looked to him for spiritual guidance, casually degrade my son and daughter with Down syndrome, I didn’t even hear what the actual question was. I gently responded that I love my kids with Down syndrome and affirm that they are fully …read more

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Two new Halloween movies are on the way, and Jamie Lee Curtis is set to return

Michael Myers is coming home…again.

Blumhouse on Friday announced that two new Halloween films are in the works following up the 2018 reboot. The first is called Halloween Kills, and it’s slated for released in October 2020, with writer-director David Gordon Green, co-writer Danny McBride, and star Jamie Lee Curtis returning. This movie seemed likely after the last film’s massive box office haul, but even more interesting was the announcement that yet another sequel is set to release a year later, and it’s called Halloween Ends.

FINALLY : not one but TWO new Halloween movies: Halloween Kills (2020) and Halloween Ends (2021). Yes, the gang is ALL back, including @jamieleecurtis, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green and @TheHorrorMaster John Carpenter. Oh yea. pic.twitter.com/KpVa2PlwN5

— Jason Blum (@jason_blum) July 19, 2019

It seems this latter sequel will be billed as a grand finale to the entire series, although that promise probably shouldn’t be taken at face value considering it’s a horror tradition for slasher franchises to continue long after their alleged last installments, as with the far from final Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. It also could be that Halloween Ends will conclude the Michael Myers plot but allow for future sequels revolving around other stories, as was the original goal with Halloween III: Season of the Witch, which didn’t connect to the first two films.

When Curtis announced she was coming back as Laurie Strode in 2018’s Halloween, she said it would be for “one last time,” and it was thought the film would depict the final confrontation between Michael and Laurie. But the announcement on Friday decides that actually, “the saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode isn’t over,” and Curtis is confirmed to be returning again, presumably in both …read more

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Photographer tracks down negatives for couple who lost their wedding pictures in wildfire

This is an early 20th anniversary gift they’ll never forget.

When the Camp Fire swept through Grass Valley, California, last fall, it completely destroyed Marc and Mary Taylor’s home. All of their possessions were lost in the wildfire, including decades worth of photos. Hoping she could recover some of them, Mary Taylor got in touch with the photographer, Richard Briggs, who shot their wedding on August 14, 1999.

Briggs was thrilled when he started digging around and found the negatives, telling KCRA that usually, photographers don’t keep them for so long. “Luckily, they were intact,” he said. “They were a little faded. I bought a scanner and scanned them all. And my wife, she’s excellent in editing, and she brought back the color and the life into the photos, and from those images, I was able to make an album.” He can still recall the wedding, he added, and remembers thinking, “These people are so much in love.”

The Taylors cried when Briggs gave them not only their wedding album, but also the negatives, as these are the only photos they’ve been able to replace. “It gave us a piece of something back after losing everything,” Marc Taylor said. “I don’t know how to explain it. There’s no words.”

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Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie and Alfie Allen got Emmy nominations even though HBO didn’t submit them

Several Game of Thrones stars took their Emmys fate into their own hands this year, and it paid off big time.

Game of Thrones on Tuesday picked up 10 Emmy nominations for its cast, which turns out to have been more than the network was even aiming for. After all, Gwendoline Christie, Alfie Allen, and Carice van Houten weren’t actually entered for Emmys by HBO, the network confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday.

Instead, the actors who played Brienne of Tarth, Theon Greyjoy, and Melisandre submitted themselves for Emmys, paying $225 for the entry fee in the process, according to the Reporter. Allen was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, while Christie was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and van Houten was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

HBO didn’t submit Gwendoline Christie for an Emmy so she submitted herself and got a nomination.

Be your own biggest cheerleader.

— Julie DiCaro (@JulieDiCaro) July 17, 2019

The Reporter’s Scott Feinberg notes that while it isn’t unusual for actors to self-submit when they aren’t thought to have much of a shot at nabbing an Emmy, “it is uncommon for those entries to result in nominations.” Indeed, even for awards prognosticators, these nominations came as a surprise, and they’re the very first Emmy nominations for all three actors — including Allen, whose sister in 2007 famously wrote a song about how much of a slacker he is. A lot, clearly, has changed since then.

Allen said on Tuesday that his nomination “really surprised me,” Entertainment Weekly reports, while Christie similarly admitted that “I never ever thought this would happen,” Variety reports. “I really didn’t.” Rise, Gwendoline of Game of Thrones: a nominee …read more

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