“How should I treat persons with disabilities?” The answer is this…like Jesus did. Throughout the Bible, Jesus encounters persons that we might say today have “special needs.” What did Jesus do in these situations?

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Debbie (not her real name) is a teenage girl in our church who has Down Syndrome. She and her mom are relatively new to our church. Each Sunday morning, Debbie sits in the front pew with me before worship begins. Her mom has told me that one of the reasons Debbie enjoys sitting with me…

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This is a sermon given by Jim Swanson, the chair of the Disability Ministries Committee (ECC) in a chapel service which actively involved people with a variety of disabilities. It was woven into the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin from Luke 15.

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This article comes from a blog post by Hartmut Kramer-Mills of the First Reformed Church of New Brunswick, New Jersey, and describes how he and his wife and co-pastor created a meaningful confirmation class for an autistic student at their church. Many of their techniques could be used for other students with disabilities.

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