Special Needs

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members, a heart of grace and a soul generated by love."
                                                                                                               - Coretta Scott King

Rooted in Gospel values that affirm the dignity of every person, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) works collaboratively to ensure meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of the life of the Church and society.

Click here to visit their website which includes valuable resources for catechists.

Click here --From the USCCB --

"Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities"

Click here for an article "The Perfect Gift" from the USCCB on welcoming a child with disabilities.

Click here for the USCCB brochure: "Life Matters: Persons with Disabilities"

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Guidelines for Teachers & Catechists:

Inclusive Religious Education

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Teaching Tips for Students with Autism

Click here for an excellent article on Autism Spectrum Disorders from the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

We often approach Special Needs Catechesis as a means in which we serve others but check out this inspiring essay "Dragen, Here Is Your Letter" from America Magazine and see how the gifts we receive often far outweigh those we give.

Click here to read the essay.

The University of Dayton Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) offers an excellent series of online courses on Special

Needs which include:

  1. Disabilities in Parish Life: An Overview (SN-1)

  2. Fundamentals in Deaf Faith Formation (SN-2)

  3. Creative Methodologies: ADHD in Parish Life - Pastoral Implications (SN-3)

  4. Autism in Faith Formation (SN-4)

  5. Faith Formation for Adults with Special Needs (SN-5)

  6. Click here to learn more about this exciting opportunity in continuing education from VLCFF.

Looking for information from the February 2019 Special Needs Workshop?   Click here

"On the lips of the catechist the first proclamation must ring out over and over: 'Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen and free you'..."

"En la boca del catequista vuelve a resonar siempre el primer anuncio: 'Jesucristo te ama, dio su vida para salvarte, y ahora está vivo a tu lado cada día, para iluminarte, para fortalecerte, para liberarte'..."

​Pope Francis  EG #164