Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


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Resources for ministry to those with Special Education needs.

Your Piece of the Autism Puzzle: Read the paper by Pastor Thomas Gumm to learn about working with members that have Autism Spectrum Disorder.

“He Cares, We Care” Mailing program: Many Christians who have developmental disabilities appreciate receiving letters and cards in the mail.  Use our online referral to enroll your loved one in a ministry-by-mail program which provides Christ-centered, simplified messages for those who are developmentally disabled.

What I Want and Need for My Child: Read a letter describing what parents want from a service provider here.

Guidelines for Establishing a Special Needs Parents Network: Learn about setting up a support network for parents of special needs children.

Jesus Cares Camp Application: The camp is July 2-6, 2018 at Camp Phillip.

Spokesperson Description - Nomination Form -

WELS Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Ministry (IDDM) wants the help of WELS / ELS members of the intellectual or developmental disability community who are at least 18 years old and have their guardian’s permission, if needed. The position description lists several possible areas of ability and interest, among them are assisting the committee to set and prioritize goals and challenging the committee to think outside the box when it comes to inclusive ministry. Other potential areas of activity include:

  • Identifying ways to increase the active participation of people with a disability within our congregations
  • Speaking (in person, electronically, or in print) on behalf of the committee to promote active congregational participation
  • Using various social media formats to advance our mission among congregations, schools, families, and interested persons

We would not expect one spokesperson to be interested in or able to participate in all the listed tasks. But several spokespersons, each with interest and ability in one or more of the areas listed, would certainly enhance the committee’s work. The inability to travel should not prevent anyone from seeking or being nominated for this position. People can participate in meetings via the internet. Thank God for the blessing that each believer is, regardless of age, able to proclaim Christ! For more information, email

Resources for Intellectual and Developmental Disability MinistryDownload 
Things You Should Know about People with a Developmental DisabilityDownload 
Jesus Cares Camp Application 2018Download 
Guidelines for Establishing a Special Needs Parents NetworkDownload 
Your Piece of the Autism PuzzleDownload 
Spokesperson Nomination FormDownload