Sometimes we in the church develop a program to “fix” things. But, when it comes to people with special needs or disabilities, it takes more than a program. And, it is not about “fixing” a problem. Rather, it is about building an environment where people with special needs or disabilities belong.
To do that we need a proper mindset, attitude, and heart …
that sees the person, not the disability.
that views them as much a part of the Body as anyone else.
that unconditionally accepts those different than ourselves.
Sure, you will undoubtedly need to develop a program structured to best meet their unique needs but you already do that for children, youth, and adults, for men and women, etc. But, just like with those ministries, the goal should never be to isolate them from total church life. They are a valuable part of the Body. They belong.