I'm a church leader/minister/elder/deacon
In contrast to other disabilities such as blindness or paralysis, learning disabilities can be invisible. For this and other reasons, people with learning disabilities are often misunderstood, frequently marginalised in society and all too often left out of church.
Generally speaking they carry a lifelong disorder that affects the ability to either interpret what they see and hear, or to link information from different parts of the brain. This can show up in many ways – for example, in an inability to understand or use spoken and written language.
However, such limitations do not stop God working. A learning disabled adult may be able to serve the church in a number of different ways – just like any other member of the church. Many church leaders have found that making special provision for people with learning disabilities has had a very positive impact on the whole church, making it a better place for everybody.
In the video is Sarah, speaking to Prospects staff about the difference a ministry group has made in her life. Her mum then speaks up as well.
You may have people with learning disabilities who want paid support. Your church can be very instrumental in helping people to get the support they need - please contact us for more information!