The Joni Eareckson Tada Disability Research Center

Aggressively promoting life, human dignity, and the value of all individuals – despite disabling conditions.

The Joni Eareckson Tada Disability Research Center

The Joni Eareckson Tada Disability Research Center exists to impact the Church, Christian and public institutions, and societies with a biblical worldview and life-giving truth on issues pertaining to life, dignity, justice, and equality that affect people with disabilities.

Education, Training, and Equipping

Beyond Suffering

Preparing church leaders and students to evangelize and disciple people affected by disability. Online certificate programs and coursework offered at universities and seminaries around the world are designed to equip a new generation of leaders for effective disability ministry.

Internship Program

Through local and international internship opportunities, students and young professionals are equipped to become leaders in disability ministry in order to transform lives through the Gospel, impact their churches and communities for Christ, and advocate for justice, freedom, and equality for people affected by disability.

Core Values


All life comes from God the Creator and Sustainer of all things and is therefore sacred (Genesis 2:7).


The character of God as revealed in Scripture is a God of love, mercy, and justice (Psalm 37:5-6).


Every individual is equal in the eyes of God and should be treated as such (Romans 10:12; 1 Corinthians 12:12).


Every individual is created in the image of God and has inherent dignity, value, and worth as a person regardless of physical capability or intellectual function (Genesis 1:27).


The Great Commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20) mandates that our primary priority in all we do as Christians is to make disciples of all people, including those affected by disability, by bringing them to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.

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