Include All Abilities | Bethesda Lutheran Communities

Thank You for Your Support

Thanks to everyone who attended our Better Together Concert with Crowder on March 25th! It was truly a special night.


We live in a world where people with disabilities are underrepresented—at work, at church and in the larger community. But the time for change has come. Join the movement, and together we can make the world a better place for people of all abilities.


Watch, learn and share; you can help us spread awareness about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Our Ambassadors

Man in yellow hat sitting on a bed

We are honored to introduce you to these five amazing people—and their amazing stories.

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month #IncludeAllAbilities

Who is this person, and why are they raising their hand? Learn the meaning behind this carefully designed icon.

NASCAR Legend Michael Waltrip Talks About Include All Abilities Movement

Last March, Bethesda partnered with Motor Racing Outreach to send several people we support to the NASCAR Auto Club 400. They were treated to the experience of a lifetime as VIP guests, including taking a ride in the pace car with NASCAR legend, Michael Waltrip. Recently, Mr. Waltrip and our ambassadors caught up over Zoom and discussed the importance of inclusion for people with disabilities

Because You Love Me

Jessica Meuse, singer/songwriter and American Idol finalist, was inspired so much after learning about Bethesda’s mission that she decided to write, Because You Love Me, a heartfelt song dedicated the people Bethesda supports and the staff that cares so much.

Featured Resource

Facing Inequities Head On

While people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have made significant progress in recent years, they still face gaps that prevent them from living up to their potential. Indeed, people with disabilities often lack adequate health care, suitable housing and connections to their community.