Join IDNO at its Spring Fling, to be held at the Spaghetti Factory on Tuesday, April 21, to be confirmed.
We will also present our first-ever Mark Anderson Memorial Award: Treat Me as a Member, Not a Mission. To submit a nominee for the award given to an individual who has provided outstanding service to the disabilities community, please send a one-paragraph description of that person’s accomplishments to InterfaithDisabilitiesofOregon@gmail.com.

My name is Diana Keever and I have Cerebral Palsy and use a service dog. My experience with being accepted at church has been somewhat mixed. Most people accept me and my service dog with no problem. But, there are always some people who have issues with me because they don’t see me as more than just a disabled person. I’m a person who happens to be disabled, but there is much more to me than that. I don’t always want to discuss my disability. When I’m at church, I want to talk about other things and discuss things of God. I like to joke around with my friends like everyone else. I don’t take life as seriously as some people may think. I’m more than my disability and some people have trouble seeing beyond that.

Another issue I have is that service dogs are working dogs and some people don’t understand that. They want to pet and love on the dogs and that’s not always acceptable.

Mostly my experiences at church have been good ones. I have a lot of good friends there and I attend a regular Bible study class where I am treated like an equal.