People with disabilities are a gift for the family
and an opportunity to grow in love, mutual aid and unity.
~ Pope Francis on Twitter @Pontifex Apr 9, 2016
National Catholic Partnership on Disability
Resources available from the NCPD:
Resources related to these specific areas:_
A webinar on Mental Illness and Youth Ministry:
A few considerations as you prepare to include a new youth into your ministry programming:
Consider celebrating the
International Day for Persons with Disabilities
at your parish On or near December 3rd.
I few ideas:
> hosting a luncheon for persons with disabilities and their care-takers. Talk about ways the parish might better include them and call forth their giftedness as well as ways to better serve their needs.
> If you find that you have artists, looks for ways to display art...
> If it is music, find ways to utilize their gifts as cantors, choir members, musicians, etc.
> Perhaps they have a special skill they can teach to others
> Find out who is involved in Special Olympics, Challenger baseball (picture above) and other programs for which parishioners can be invited to go cheer on a fellow parishioner!
A Recreational Opportunity for
Toolkit to Help Build Social Skills in Children With Disabilities
Being able to understand and navigate social and interpersonal situations is an important skill that every youth must learn in order to interact appropriately with others and handle difficult situations. Unfortunately, many youth with disabilities have difficulty building these skills, leaving them at a disadvantage in securing employment, developing relationships, and connecting with the community.
The toolkit, Skills for Independent Living: Parents Help Build Social Skills, which was produced by PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment, describes the following seven tools that parents can use to help their children practice and improve social skills:
The Skills for Independent Living: Parents Help Build Social Skills toolkit is available at http://www.pacer.org/transition/resource-library/publications/NPC-47a.pdf (205 KB).
Xavier Society for the Blind in NYC
A library that provides spiritual and religious reading materials in the Catholic tradition in braille and audio to the blind and visually impaired
at no cost to our patrons. We were founded in 1900 so that blind children would have access to the same educational materials as sighted
children. Today we serve patrons in Ohio and throughout the United States of all ages with reading materials in their required formats to
learn about, practice and enrich their faith.
(800) 637- 9193
A Few Resources from Teachers