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Joni and Friends® - Media Coverage

Disability Center has Impressive Debut


After a diving accident in 1967 and two years of rehabilitation, quadriplegic Joni Eareckson Tada re-entered the mainstream. Her best-selling autography, "Joni," was the first of more than 35 books she's penned. In 1979 she began Joni and Friends® to accelerate Christian ministry in the disability community worldwide. She never intended to build a ministry now known the world over, she has said.

More space, more programs

Still, even now the story is not entirely the organization's steady growth into a $20 million operation with 94 percent of every dollar going into programming and 6 percent on administration and staff, said Appel. Nor is the latest story its long-needed move from 12,000 square feet to 32,000 square feet, he added. The story is that growth is now possible. With room to expand, the radio program previously taped in Orange County can be done on site, and a television program is in the works.


Joni Eareckson Tada - Part One

Joni Eareckson Tada likely is the most famous person you've never heard of.

She has a daily five-minute radio show on about 900 outlets, has sold millions of books, had a movie made about her, founded the faith-based organization Joni and Friends®, and has been known for her "mouth art." In 1967 she became a wheelchair-using quadriplegic (having paralysis in all four limbs) after a diving accident in Maryland.


Joni Eareckson Tada Joins Vigil for Terri Schiavo

World-renowned author, artist and disability advocate Joni Eareckson Tada is joining Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry and others in the Tampa Bay area of Florida to muster support for Terri Schindler-Schiavo, the 39-year-old brain-disabled woman whose death by court-ordered starvation is set to begin tomorrow when her husband and legal guardian gives the order to remove the feeding tube that is keeping his wife alive.