LDS Disability News

The Mormon Women Project and Disability Stories

I recently came across the Mormon Women Project that "celebrates women who have made deliberate choices — with the help of the Spirit and personal revelation — to overcome personal trials, magnify motherhood, contribute to communities outside their homes, or be converted to the Gospel". A few of the stories they have posted involve an experience with a disability, including the following:

History of Disability Services Interview from the Mormon Channel

Legacy is a radio program from the Mormon Channel that highlights remarkable stories from Church History. In January of 2010 they broadcast a program titled, "History of Disability Services". The program is an interview with Doug Hind and Brent Meisinger who worked with Disability Services at the Church Office Building and is a fascinating look into both the history and a glimpse into some of the current challenges of member with disabilities in the Church.

Disability Services Manager Job Opening for the Church

Looking for a job? If you are a reader of this site then this recent job posting for a Disability Services Manager from the Church may be of interest to you.

From the job description:

The Disability Services Manager is an important role within the Curriculum Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Under the direction of Curriculum Department senior management, the Disability Services Manager will ensure that published messages including Church Magazines, manuals, and internet content meet the needs of audiences with disabilities.

The Disability Services Manager will also be an advocate for members with disabilities, and lead committees focused on their needs. This person will also advise Church leaders on issues regarding members with disabilities.

The Disability Services Manager will need to have experience with Church administration and an understanding of Church doctrines and history.

This job will be a tremendous opportunity to make a difference in the lives of members with disabilities, families and all members of the Church. I am going to be applying for the position, but would also ask for your help in spreading the word to anyone you know who might be interested. Despite my personal interest in the position, my greater hope is that they find and hire the best person for the job. To share the link with someone you know, copy this link http://bit.ly/dBIuK6 and send away.

Spreading the News About the New Disability Site on LDS.org

The good news about the new disability site is spreading, it has recently shown up in a number of places:

The homepage of LDS.org:

Disabilities.lds.org has recently been launched to help members with disabilities and their families participate more fully in Church meetings and activities. In addition to providing information on various disabilities, this new section includes suggestions and resources for leaders, teachers, caregivers, and Church members.

Taking Autism to Church from Meridian Magazine

In an article in Meridian Magazine, Sharisa Lewis writes abouts experiences at Church with her 4-year old son who has autism.

Why is church so hard for autistic children? The answers can vary as widely as the children. Initially, I thought our child was just being difficult, but autism specialists have advised me that church is hard for most autistic kids.

Taking Autism to Church

The Spirituality of Parenting from David Dollahite

David Dollahite is a professor in the School of Family Life at BYU's School of Family Life. He has written extensively on the involvement of fathers with their children with disabilities, in addition to providing many other resources for fathers. A few months ago he was interviewed by Krista Tippett of the excellent public radio program Speaking of Faith on the spirituality of parenting and he specifically addressed the spirituality of children with disabilities.

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