There is always a place in the Church to serve God’s children with special needs. This collection offers many profiles of courageous people and families flourishing alongside various kinds of disabilities.
I'm Jarem Frye, Athlete, and Amputee who Built a Leg
Jarem Frye is a bone cancer survivor and amputee who built his own replacement leg so he could mountain bike, rock climb, water and snow skiing - he does it all.
I'm Jason Smyth
Four-time Paralympic gold medalist Jason Smyth may have limited vision, but he never lets challenges limit what he can accomplish. He knows his talents are blessing from God.
I'm Lorin Nicholson , a Blind Guitarist, and Australian Cyclist
Blind guitarist Lorin Nicholson rode a bike from Perth to Sydney, but he didn’t see the country. He heard, felt, and smelled it. To him, it was beautiful.
I'm Sherri McRae, Georgia Peach and Mother of a Deaf Son
When Sherri found out that her son was deaf, she was frozen with fear. With hope in Jesus Christ, she moves forward with faith and has learned to speak in another way.
I'm Tim Hurst, Sensei, and One-Legged Runner
A true karate master can overcome any challenge with faith, perseverance, and one strong leg. Tim Hurst, a Latter-day Saint marathon runner with one leg, finds strength in focusing on what he has.
Able to Serve
Elder Olson talks about his experiences serving as a young Church-service missionary.
When active participation techniques are employed in the classroom, all children have the opportunity to engage with the lesson.
Angels in Disguise
After witnessing Chy Johnson, a student with special needs, be bullied day after day, Carson Jones got the entire Queen Creek High School football team to rally behind the girl.
Before beginning a lesson, it’s important that your students focus and understand what will be covered. To accomplish this, use an attention-getter.
Be sensitive to students’ attention spans and create lessons that are tailored to their needs—doing so will help them better learn the lesson.
Though Brynn from Connecticut has only one hand, her motto is to always “lend a helping hand” at home, at school, at church, and at play.
A 13-year-old boy in Arizona fulfilled his Duty to God by pushing himself to the limit so that his friend, who has cerebral palsy, could participate with him in a triathlon.
Allergic to many foods, Ellen Joy from North Carolina helps other children stay safefrom allergies and encourages them to stand up for their own health.
Watch how this couple demonstrates pure love and service in their marriage—even though they have to endure debilitating physical adversity.
Good Teaching is Good Teaching
Welcome to Teaching Strategies for Children with Disabilities, a video series produced by Brigham Young University’s David O. McKay School of Education.
I'm Ingrid Maldonado—Amputee, and Conqueror of Fears
Ingrid Maldonado lost her legs, but still stands tall. When you look in her eyes, you will not find frailty, but strength. You will not see fear, but hope.
I'm Luis Rojas, IT Professional, and I Stand Tall with God
Luis Rojas knows that no matter his physical stature, the way he serves and loves others makes him stand tall with God.
I'm Margarita Faundez—Chilean, and Determined Blind Runner
Margarita Faundez has had her struggles but has risen above with great determination.
I'm Pierre-André Muller—French-Swiss, and Blind Chocolate Hunter
He is a blind connoisseur of good food in Geneva, Switzerland. She is his eyes. Together, this Latter-day Saint couple explore their city, eat chocolate, and make each other laugh.
I'm Vance Taylor, Father, and Homeland Security Expert
Despite having muscular dystrophy, Latter-day Saint Homeland Security Consultant Vance Taylor shows that a normal life is possible, and that real happiness comes through family relationships.
In Sickness and Health
See how faith and love can remain strong through the challenges and the changing seasons of our lives.
Being born with Down syndrome doesn’t stop Katie from Florida from singing, dancing, and sharing a special Primary experience.
Jesus Christ set the ultimate example of selfless service. In this original short film, we meet people discovering the power of living that simple principle.
Music and Drama
Employing music and drama in the classroom can be highly effective, especially for students with special needs. When children learn songs and engage in role playing, their learning becomes active.
My Brother Hyrum
Learn about Hannah's relationship with her brother Hyrum who has autism, and how she exemplifies Christlike love. Everyone deserves to be loved and valued, no matter how different they are from you.
Positive Behavior Strategies
Teachers can be quick to point out bad behavior—but it’s also important to point out good behavior, as well.
Serving with a Great Purpose
Elder Ito doesn’t allow his disability to stop him from serving as a young Church-service missionary following the loss of a loved one.
Songs Sung and Unsung (Holland)
Clip from the talk Songs Sung and Unsung from Elder Holland.
At the beginning of a lesson, it’s important to clearly state the lesson’s objective—and to do it at the students’ level of understanding.
The Lord Provides a Way
After a debilitating bicycle accident, Emmannuel Nochi discovered he still could still serve a mission as a young Church-service missionary.
Two Purposes: Accepting and Including People with Disabilities
Many of us struggle to accept and include people who have disabilities. Even at church. Watch this video and learn what you can do to make a difference in the life of someone with a disability.
Using Visual Aids
Often, lecturing is the default teaching technique; however, a technique that is more visual and kinesthetic in nature is often better, especially with students who have special needs.
Using a Schedule to Help Reduce Anxiety
Having a clear classroom schedule for students can help reduce their anxiety.
When asking students questions, teachers often do not wait long enough for an answer. Waiting for a longer period of time—up to five or ten seconds—allows students to better contemplate questions.
Works of God
Two families share how they have seen the works of God made manifest in their lives as ward members reach out in love and understanding.