NCPD Employment Opportunity

NCPD is also currently seeking to fill a new full-time position for a bi-lingual and bi-cultural (Spanish) Programs and Outreach Manager. The full description can be found at the following link.



2015 Loyola Press Opening Doors Award Winner

Saint John Chrysostom Parish is the 2015 Loyola Press Opening Doors Award Winner

On Sunday Feb. 8th, St John Chrysostom parish of Wallingford, PA in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received the annual Loyola Press Opening Doors Parish Award. This award is given to a parish that is doing exceptional work in facilitating meaningful participation of Catholics with disabilities.

Left to right: Dr. Marie Hilliard of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, Fr. Rev. Edward J. Hallinan, Pastor of St John Chrysostom, Janice Benton of NCPD, and Sr. Kathleen Schipani, Administrator of the Office for Persons with Disabilities & Deaf Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and Board Chair of NCPD

For more about what impressed the judges so much, click below.


NCPD and the Papal Visit

 NCPD would like to thank all those who were able to join us for the Papal visit.

We would love to hear your experiences or pictures of the visit whether it was here in DC or elsewhere in the United States. Please send an email with your experience to, and/or a link to where your pictures can be seen.

Below is Pope Francis as he went by our spot outside the NCPD office on 4th Street, on his approach to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the Canonization Mass of Junipero Serra on Wednesday, Sept 23 2015.




Mental Illness Awareness


Mental Illness Awareness Week: October 4 - 10, 2015

One out of every four families in a parish will have to cope with the effects of mental illness. Find out some simple ways your parish can reach out to them. 


Oppose California Assisted Suicide Bill

The NCPD continues to struggle to protect from discrimination all persons, especially those with disabilities, through the legalization of Physician Assisted Suicide, which targets those deemed by others to be unfit to live.  Evidence shows that despite proposed restrictions to those with “terminal illness,” those very persons inevitably also have incurred a disability rendering them, by social policy, as less worthy than others of the legal protection against suicide. 

The California Legislature, after failing to pass such legislation earlier this summer, has passed out of its Public Health and Developmental Services Committee another such proposal.  Below is a link to the letter sent on behalf of the NCPD to the Governor of California and relevant legislative committee members seeking to prevent this proposal from becoming law.  Please have your voice heard by contacting Governor Brown indicating your opposition to AB-15, End of Life Option Act: (916) 445-2841.


ADA Interfaith Worship Service

NCPD part of Interfaith Worship Service

to Celebrate the Progress and Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC), a program of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), will host From Access to Belonging, an interfaith worship service celebrating the progress and promise of the ADA on Sunday, July 26 at 3:00 p.m. at First Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

Other Timely Items

  NCPD Resources Against Physician-Assisted Suicide ADA Anniversary July 26, 2015  RSVP for Mass and Reception at WMoF  Nominate a Parish for Loyola Award



2015 Loyola Parish Award Nominations


Nominate a Parish for the Loyola Press Opening Doors Award

Deadline October 2, 2015

The Loyola Press Opening Doors Award honors a parish community that demonstrates inclusion and engagement practices that facilitate the meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of the parish community and the life of the Catholic Church.

The winning parish will be awarded a plaque and $1,000 to be used by the parish to continue ministry that welcomes people with disabilities.  





Mass and Reception at the World Meeting of Families

 Attend a Mass and Reception Honoring the Gifts of Persons with Disabilities, the Deaf Community Family, Friends and Caregivers
On September 25, 2015, at 5:00 PM a Mass and reception honoring the lives and gifts of persons with disabilities, the Deaf community, family, friends, and caregivers will be held at the World Meeting of Families (WMOF)  (taking place September 22-27, 2015 in Philadelphia). 

NCPD will host this event with the National Catholic Office of the Deaf, the International Catholic Deaf Association, U.S. and the Office for Persons with Disabilities and the Deaf Apostolate, Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  You are all cordially invited to attend the Mass (5:00 p.m.) and following reception at The Shrine of St. John Neumann, 1019 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

The reception will be hosted by Our Sunday Visitor.

(Pope Francis will not be at this Mass.)

Five Action Steps
RSVP today for this Mass and Reception to be held on Sept. 25 (be sure to indicate any disability accommodations you may need) Encourage your bishops and priests to attend and concelebrate Encourage pilgrims from your (Arch)Diocese to attend the Mass & Reception If you are attending the Congress: Stop by the NCPD Exhibit booth. Attend the workshop presented by NCPD executive director, Janice Benton on Embracing the Struggles and Blessings of Disabilities on Thursday, September 24 from 4:15 – 5:15 pm 

 To RSVP for Mass and Reception click here.

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