A national network of faith-based providers supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Who We Are
Lutheran Services in America-Disability Network (LSA-DN) is a nationwide network of Lutheran social ministry organizations, faith-based organizations and Lutheran professionals supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and related conditions. Associated with Lutheran Services in America, LSA-DN includes 19 member organizations that provide support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 24 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
What We Do
LSA-DN represents collective action toward a shared goal. As a nationwide network of faith-based providers, we work together to advocate for person-centered support and improvements to long-term services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Members of the LSA Disability Network gain:
- Access to key government and administration decision makers;
- Invitations to work with fellow members to exchange best practices at the national and local level with other faith-based ID/DD service providers
- Opportunities to support other network members in navigating today's complex and changing service environment
- Representation in national coalitions
- Access to helpful resources such as toolkits, factsheets and other materials on national advocacy efforts
- Participation in events such as self-advocate trainings, Capitol Hill visits, and more.
What We Believe
Enduring values - founded in faith: Our roots are Lutheran with a strong emphasis on Gospel witness through service to God’s people regardless of religion, race, gender or creed. Our members are well-established in their respective communities, tied to neighborhood congregations and have met local needs for more than a century.
National scope - local service Together, we reach across the country to share successes. Individually, we offer local and personal services within our communities.
Breadth of services: Our members share expertise in developing and providing high-quality, person-centered support, including rehabilitation services, work programs, residential services, respite care and independent living. We respect the rights of those we support.
Community boards of directors: Members are accountable to volunteer board members not stockholders who work to ensure the members meet individual and community needs.
A mutually supporting partnership: Our members have established partnerships with one another to link resources and skills in order to better serve our communities and constituents.
Reinvested in mission: Our members invest surplus revenue in service. We are not driven by profit but by mission to meet the health, spiritual, intellectual and emotional needs of those we support.
Our Organizational Members
- Aptiv (Associate Member)
- Ascentria Care Alliance
- Graceworks Enhanced Living
- Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, Inc.
- Lutheran Ministries of Mercy
- Lutheran Services Carolinas
- Lutheran Services in Iowa
- Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
- Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
- Lutheran Social Services of Southern California
- Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands
- Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan
- Mill Neck Family of Organizations
- St. Joseph Home (Associate Member)
LSA-DN advocates for person-centered Medicaid and overall improved long-term services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Click on our Policy and Advocacy section to read our policy priorities and other updates.
Questions? Contact Doug Walter, Lutheran Services in America’s Director of Public Policy and Advocacy - Disability Network.
See the LSA-DN member resources page (below) for presentations and materials from past meetings.
Become a Member
We have recently expanded our membership categories. LSA-DN encourages Lutheran social ministry organizations supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, faith-based organizations supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and Lutheran professionals working in the field to join the network. Check out the Become a Member section for more information.
Doug Walter, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy - Disability Network, Lutheran Services in America
Lisa Morgan, Chief Operating Officer, Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, LSA-DN Convener
Rita Wiersma, Chief Executive Officer, ACCORD, LSA-DN Treasurer
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