Spiritual Needs

Many of us find valuable support from family, friends, and community, which may include church. When youth with special needs begin seeking increasing independence from family, their spirituality may become more important, whether or not it is connected with a particular religion. While many youth will choose to continue the spiritual or religious practices with which they were raised, some may explore other spiritual connections. This section offers resources for people with disabilities about churches or organizations that are physically and spiritually accommodating. The websites listed below might also be useful models for churches seeking to be more accommodating and accessible to their members with special needs.


Information & Support

For Parents and Patients

Disabilities and Faith
Training faith-based organizations on how to be more welcoming and accessible.

Faith Ability
Religion and disability resources news postings.

CARE Ministries
A national interdenominational agency promoting spiritual development and Christian resources for people who are blind and visually impaired to encourage their full inclusion as fellow ministers and co-laborers in the Body of Christ.

AAPD Interfaith Initiative
The Interfaith Initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) provides: 1) Assistance in organizing a community-building "That All May Worship" conference bringing the disability community into dialogue with the religious community at the local level; 2) Opportunities for religious leaders to understand and support the disability agenda and to eliminate ongoing barriers to full participation of people with disabilities at the local, state, national and international levels; 3) Problem solving assistance for congregations and seminaries that have questions about program and building access.

Rest Ministries, Inc. Chronic Illness/Pain Support
A nonprofit Christian organization for people who live with chronic illness or pain; daily devotionals, online support groups, community support groups.

United Methodist Committee on Relief, Disability Ministry
Providing resources and funding to develop ministries that include and empower persons with disabilities and their families

Disability Concerns (DISC)
This website is for persons living with physically or mentally challenging conditions, their friends, families, caretakers, lay associates, and clergy. It offers information related to disability concerns, yet adds the dimension of spiritual care. United Methodist Church

National Jewish Council for the Disabled
This council is dedicated to addressing the needs of all individuals with disabilities within the Jewish community.

National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities
Welcomes the fourteen million Catholics who are disabled and works to ensure that they are able to participate in the celebrations and obligations of their faith, and advocates for their inclusion within the total fabric of society.

Episcopal Disability Network
The Episcopal Church is committed to welcoming all people, spiritually, and physically, which includes becoming more hospitable and accessible to those who are living with disabilities.

LDS Disability Resources
A web page of disability postings by the LDS Church

LDS Disabilities Help
LDS disabilities resources, help, and a place to share.

United Church of Christ Disabilities Ministry
A ministry of inclusion and accessibility


Ethnic, Religious, Cultural Support

See all Ethnic, Religious, Cultural Support services providers (53) in our database.

For other services related to this condition, browse our Services categories or search our database.


Contributing Author: Gina Pola-Money - 12/2013
Reviewing Author: Alfred Romeo, RN, PhD - 12/2008
Compiled and edited by: Tina Persels - 10/2013
Content Last Updated: 2/2014


Thank you to the Utah Medical Home Young Adult Advisory Committee for reviewing this section.