“Church members are encouraged to follow the Savior’s example of offering hope, understanding, and love to those who have disabilities” (see Handbook 2: Administering the Church 2010, section 21.1.26). As teachers and leaders, you have the opportunity to assist all members of your ward, including those with disabilities, to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father.
You can learn more about including members with disabilities by studying the following sections in Handbook 2: Administering the Church:
- Learn about general principles for working with members with disabilities in Handbook 2: 21.1.26.
- Learn how members of a priesthood quorum or group can offer love and encouragement to brethren who have disabilities in Handbook 2: 7.10.1.
- Learn how sisters can offer friendship and encouragement as sisters with disabilities increase their personal righteousness in Handbook 2: 9.4.2, 9.6.2, and 9.10.1.
- Learn how the Ward Council can support ward members with long-term needs, including disabilities in Handbook 2: 6.2.2.
- Read about making a special effort to reach out to members with disabilities when planning activities in Handbook 2: 13.2.3.
- Learn more about watching over and fellowshipping young men with disabilities in Handbook 2: 8.3.2 and 8.17.4.
- Learn more about including young women with disabilities in Handbook 2: 10.3, 10.7, and 10.12.3.
- Learn about working with parents, teachers, and leaders to find ways to reach out to children with disabilities in Handbook 2: 11.8.6.
- Learn about performing ordinances by and for persons who have disabilities in Handbook 2: 20.1.4.
Additional resources for bishoprics and stake presidencies on disability are available in Handbook 1.