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ACTIVITIES:

alt Disability Awareness Activities from Mormon Share

ARTICLES FROM CHURCH MAGAZINES:

alt Handling members with Special Needs
alt Helping the Handicapped
alt Six myths about the handicapped

HANDOUTS:

alt Jelly Bean Bag Topper by Brandy Jense

LESSONS FROM CHURCH MANUALS:

alt Valuing and Encouraging People with Disabilities (Aaronic Priesthood Manual 2, Lesson 50)
alt Valuing and Encouraging People with Disabilities (Young Women Manual 3, Lesson 49)

LESSON HELPS:

alt Autism - Putting the pieces together (2007 BYU Women's Conference)
alt On the Lord's Errand: Serving and Teaching Children with Disabilities

OBJECT LESSONS:

alt Get a package of cotton candy (I found some at Wal-mart).  Show the girls the cotton candy...pick off a piece and roll it in a ball.  Hold up the original cotton candy to the ball you just created and tell them that we are a lot like the cotton candy.  Explain that cotton candy is cotton candy, whether in a ball or in its light and fluffy form.  We are all God's children and He loves us all, regardless of how our bodies are formed.  We need to be compassionate, look deep, and be sensitive to the feelings of others. (Credit Unknown)
alt In one ward we were in, we had quite a few children who had different learning disabilities.  For a teacher inservice, I handed one of the teachers a Japanese Book of Mormon and asked her to read it out loud for everyone.  She could not and looked rather flustered.  I then began to read from the book for them and then turned to someone and asked them a question in Japanese.  We then talked about the feeling of frustration some of our children may have, how to help them process the information we are giving them and how to help them feel more comfortable. Sometimes they may not be able to hear us or understand us as well, sometimes they may not be able to read as well, …  I thought it worked quite well as an introduction. (Dona Braswell)
alt It doesn't matter what pot you're in!

OTHER:

alt On the Lord’s Errand: Serving and Teaching Children with Disabilities
alt "Should mentally handicapped children be baptized?"  (Ensign - April 1976)
alt The Handicapped: How to Help Them, How They Help Us (Ensign - April 1976)
alt Teaching Your Children about Compassion

POEMS:

alt A Handicapped Child by Joy Saunders Lundberg
alt Heaven's Very Special Child by Edna Massimilla

QUOTES:

alt One Liners
alt Quotes on Disabilities/Handicaps from W.O.O.L.

SERVING THOSE WITH DISABILITIES:

The church has a section on their website dedicated to help leaders serving those with disabilities.  There is some great information on their site.  Click on one of the following:

alt Autism
alt Chronic Illness
alt Hearing Loss and Deafness
alt Intellectual Disability
alt Learning Disability
alt Memory Loss
alt Mental Illness
alt Physical Disabilities
alt Speech and Language Disorders
alt Vision Loss and Blindness 
alt Young Women who have disabilities

STORIES:

alt Shay
alt The Special Mother by Erma Bombeck
alt Welcome to Holland by Emily Perl Kingsley

VIDEO CLIPS: Check your church library to see if they have any of these videos...

alt Elaine Dart, Not Like Other People - This documentary shows Elaine Dart's success in dealing with cerebral palsy. Through perseverance and patience, she learns to use her feet to accomplish such intricate tasks as threading a needle, stringing beads, and knitting. 13 min. (Video Clip 3)
alt Family Home Evening Video Supplement - 'Appreciating the Handicapped,' 6:14 min (Video Clip 13)




 
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