Catechesis for People with Disabilities

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The National Directory for Catechesis states that: “Persons with disabilities…are integral members of the Christian community.

All persons with disabilities have the capacity to proclaim the Gospel and to be living witnesses to its truth within the community of faith and offer valuable gifts. Their involvement enriches every aspect of Church life.

They [persons with disabilities] are not just the recipients of catechesis—they are also its agents.

All persons with disabilities or special needs should be welcomed in the Church. Every person, however limited, is capable of growth in holiness.

Some persons with disabilities live in isolating conditions that make it difficult for them to participate in catechetical experiences. “Since provision of access to religious functions is a pastoral duty,” parishes should make that much more effort to include those who may feel excluded.

The Church’s pastoral response in such situations is to learn about the disability, offer support to the family, and welcome the child.” (NDC USCCB, Par. 49)

Listed below are resources to support the catechetical and faith formation of people with disabilities so they can live up to this call.

Catechetical Resources

     

Pastoral Statement of US Catholic Bishops on Persons with Disabilities, USCCB – 1978,Large Print Version

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Pastoral Statement of US Catholic Bishops on Persons with Disabilities, USCCB-1978, Pamphlet

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Sacramental Guidelines, (USCCB -1995)

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Webinar: Catechesis for Children and Youth, Part I      

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  •       Webinar

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  •       Transcript

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  •      Powerpoint Presentation

 

PPT

 
  •      Continuum of Models Diagram

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  •      Access and Inclusion

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  •      Parish Religious Education Programs Diagram

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  •      Catechetical Resources for Children and Youth with Disability (Bibliography)
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Resources for Inclusive Catechesis
Explore the website at this link to the University of Dayton for topics available in Spanish and English from the Network for Inclusive Catholic Educators

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The Rose Fitgerald Kennedy Curriculum.
This comprehensive developmental curriculum developed by the Diocese of Pittsburgh is appropriate for use in the inclusive classroom, the specialized classroom, or in a home setting. Written for students with mild to moderate mental retardation ages 5–21. Available through RCL Benziger.

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Adaptive First Eucharist and Adaptive Reconciliation Kits.
The learning tools in these kits have been designed to help individuals ages 3-adult with autism and other special learning needs to enter more fully into the faith experience, be prepared for Eucharist and participate in Reconciliation. Available through Loyola Press.

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Forms to Aid Successful Inclusion

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