Deadline October 2, 2015
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.
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.)
NCPD calls on our whole Catholic faith community to remain united in affirming the dignity of every person—regardless of their disabilities or capacity for independence. NCPD staunchly refutes historic notions of the concept of "life unworthy of life."
All the author book royalties for this book are being donated to NCPD.
This book is a treasure-trove of heart-warming stories, practical help, and inspiration for fathers of children with special needs. Raising a child or children with special needs can be very difficult for families, and the full efforts of all members of the family, especially fathers, are required to make it work. Men have a special calling, a vocation, to step up to our God-given responsibilities as husbands and fathers no matter what the challenges and give our best effort. Special Children, Blessed Fathers is an inspirational “call to arms” for fathers to view these wonderful children with special needs as true blessings and lead our families through the challenging times we will likely encounter. This book provides practical and helpful examples from the stories of other fathers who are blessed to have children with special needs. Their heartfelt sharing, candid insights from wives, siblings and others, along with Scripture and Church teaching, provide an excellent resource to equip men to live up to the expectations placed upon their shoulders. Dads, when you read this book, you will be encouraged, inspired, and better equipped to accept the special responsibility that only you can do. Remember that our families are God’s gift to us. The special love and care we show our children and wives is our gift back to Him.
NCPD honors the life of Francis Cardinal George who was a longtime Board member and our Episcopal Moderator for over a decade. We give thanks for him and and all that he did for NCPD, people with disabilities and the Church. Along with all those who knew him we celebrate his life and commend him to the Lord.
See the link below for information regarding his funeral services.
The ADA National Network is providing a media kit and resources to help generate ideas for celebrating the anniversary. Click on the "25" logo above to be taken to their webpage.One resource of note is a tip sheet on writing press releases, which can be found here (http://www.adaanniversary.org/tips_news_release).
"The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life."
For more informatiion see a fact sheet on the ADA.
Below are some ADA related resources. Feel free to review them for ideas on how to celebrate the impact of the ADA in your faith community.The Collaborative on Faith and Disability has an ADA Anniversary Resource page. See also their page of Online Resources for Inclusive Faith Supports. AAPD has recently made available an online version of That All May Worship which is an excellent resource for congregations interested in becoming accessible and welcoming of people with disabilities. You may find other resources that are of interest on their Interfaith page.
Deacon Don top row left 2nd person and his “Community Alliance for Sport Safety” Board of Directors
You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, where millions of Americans shop for deals in stores and online. Now NCPD wants to invite you to participate in a global day of giving back called Giving Tuesday. Become part of this movement of millions of people around the world who donate to a charity or non-profit organization in order to support the needs of those in their local, national or global community. The goal of Giving Tuesday is to donate to a cause that you believe in and then encourage your friends and family to do the same by spreading the word through social media, email, or simply having a conversation about the cause you donated to and why you think others should support the cause as well. NCPD is asking for your support this Giving Tuesday through financial donations to support our work and mission. Thank you.
Leaders from the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) will present their findings on best practices in pastoral care on Friday, November 21 …sharing US stories of hope, challenge and innovative faith formation with Vatican officials in Rome.
Click below for Press Release.