Teaching Children, Youth, and Adults

What do I need to know about teaching those with disabilities?

During His mortal ministry, the Savior showed great compassion to people who had imperfections of body and mind. He offered them hope, understanding, and love. As you teach such people, you should follow His example. Try not to feel uncomfortable about their disabilities.

With love and sensitivity, you can help class members with disabilities participate in lessons. You may need to work with others you teach to help them understand and accept those with disabilities. Teaching, No Greater Call provides information about teaching individuals with the following types of disabilities:

Further information about teaching those with disabilities can be found under “Members with Disabilities” (Handbook 2: Administering the Church [2010], 21.1.26) and at disabilities.lds.org.

Scriptures to study

John 13:34–35; 3 Nephi 17:7

Things you can do

  • Allow a peer to sit next to a student with disabilities to help the student.
  • Talk with a parent or leader to find out the best way the individual learns.
  • Seek to become a friend to the individual.
  • Counsel with your priesthood or auxiliary leaders.