Thank you piscopal Moderator for NCPD


We are honored and pleased that outgoing president of the USCCB Archbishop Joseph Kurtz has accepted our invitation to serve as Episcopal Moderator for a three-year term.

We look forward to working with him.

(Pictured are Janice and Martin Benton with Archbishop Kurtz.)







New Episcopal Moderator

We are honored and pleased that outgoing president of the USCCB Archbishop Joseph Kurtz has accepted our invitation to serve as Episcopal Moderator for a three-year term. We look forward to working with him. (Pictured are Janice and Martin Benton with Archbishop Kurtz.)




Matching Grant Available until December 8: Giving Tuesday was created to give a focus to the charitable contributions that many make during the Christmas season, in response to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

We at NCPD ask you to consider a donation to our work; supporting Catholics with disabilities in the United States to experience welcome, belonging and meaningful involvement in their parish and the Catholic Church.We are also offering the option to have a Christmas card sent in honor of someone.

If you wish to have one sent, please make a minimum contribution of $10 per card If you wish to send the cards yourself, we can mail them to you, Let us know how many you wish to receive via email to bquinlan@ncpd,org. More information



An Evening of Faith, Fellowship and Fundraising


National Catholic Partnership on Disability

An evening of Faith, Fellowship, and Fundraising

Thursday, November 3, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

St. Louis University High School
4970 Oakland Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110

Robert (Rob) Funke – SLUH Class of 1992
James (Jim) Goodman- SLUH Class of 1992



Large Print Missalette

 It is difficult to locate large-print Missalettes. 
Theough there may be more of them provided by publishers, we wanted to share the one that we found that is available.

It is published by

World Library Publications

Large size edition
25 copies or more $6.24 per subscription, per year plus shipping 
16 to 24 copies $7.56 per subscription, per year plus shipping 
6 to 15 copies  $9.56 per subscription, per year plus shipping 
to 5 copies $32.00 each subscription per year shipping included
To order copies for your parish or institution, or to request a sample copy, contact our Customer Care Department at 1-800-566-6150 or


At Home with the Word® 2016 - Large Print Edition

Another great resource is the Sunday readings with reflection questions. This is not the same as a seasonal missalette. But a great resource none-the-less.
At Home with the Word® Large Print Edition is your clear, readable guide to a deeper understanding of the Sunday Scriptures for those who need larger print. It provides the readings for this liturgical year, insights from Scripture scholars, and action steps. Prayers, citations for weekday readings, and other resources for Scripture study are also included.
Whether you use this resource alone or in a group, it will deepen your experience of the liturgy and help you to feel ever more "at home" with the Word of God.

Paperback, 8 3/8 x 10 7/8, 288 pages
Print type-size: 16/20 pt. Minion Pro Semi-bold
Order Code: AHW16L
Text Language: English
In Stock Yes
Regular Price: $12.00
On Sale For: $6.00 

National Disability Survey Results

CARA Special Report

Here are the results from the national survey on disabilities and parish life that was run in 2016 by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
Click below for the report, downloadable as a pdf. 

For a feature length article on this report and its findings, click below and read the America Magazine Juily, 2016 issue. 



Resources for Mental Illness Awareness Week and National Day of Prayer


Mental Illness Awareness Week: October 2 - 8, 2016
National Day of Prayer: Tuesday, October 4, 2016

MI Awareness Week

Click here for prayer service.

To join the Prayer Service call 800-791-2345, then enter 90398#.

Join NCPD in a Prayer Service on the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding October 4 at either 3pm or 7pm Eastern.  This is a chance for persons with mental illness, their families and friends to join in prayer especially in places where no other prayer service is planned or for those who cannot easily get to a prayer service.  Join us for an experience of prayer and community. The Prayer Service will be available for download on the NCPD homepage before the service.  If you register below (optional) we will email you a pdf of the prayer service beforehand.




Winner to be Announced Wed. Nov. 23rd.

The Loyola Press Opening Doors Award honors a parish community that demonstrates a spirit of belonging 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, be featured in NCPD E-News and website, and receive $1,000 to be used by the parish to continue their efforts on behalf of parishioners with disabilities.



Learning to Walk On Our Own

 Learning to Walk On Our Own
by Tim Tucker

I want to tell you the story of how my autistic son learned how to walk on his own. The story is remarkable in that the time between pulling up to standing and walking on his own spans an entire year. 

His first two steps at a little over a year old ended with him falling face first onto the floor. A complete and total faceplant. He discovered at the same moment we did that at the time he lacked the reflex that most everyone has of putting our arms out in front of us when we fall.  

This, rightfully, made him reluctant to try walking again. Plus, as we would later learn, he had enough sensory issues to make walking specifically, and living in this world in general, a most challenging feat. 

So, much to his credit, he adapted and created his own way to get around. As long as he was touching something that itself was securely stationed on the ground, he would put his hand on or around it and walk. This ranged from people's hands to walls to furniture to parked cars. If the distance to the next stable object was too great, he would drop and crawl to it, stand up again, hold on to that object, and keep going. 

We would go on half-mile walks together, me holding his hand. He wore out multiple pairs of slipper shoes (the thin, leathery, slip-on things that have next to nothing between the kid and the ground) because he needed to feel everything about the ground underneath him to feel safe.

Then suddenly one day - at almost his second birthday - he let go and took a couple of steps in a sort of walk-lunge to a couch. Hours later, he took a few steps in the bathroom where a wall or counter was never more than a step away. 

Then two days later, he was running around the house unfettered and free. 

Somehow, something wonderful triggered inside him - belief.

All along, you could tell it wasn't that he didn't want to walk; it more seemed that he didn't trust the world yet enough to do it. And then something aligned within him, courage won out over fear, and he took his first steps on his own out into an uncertain world. 

I think about how often I do this myself. I fall on my face. I doubt. I'm afraid. I find safe things to hold on to. I move from safe thing to safe thing. I start trying to move around again, but I only do it when things are grounded and secure. But eventually something in me triggers that first free step out on my own two feet. Then I take another.

And then, just maybe, I find myself running. 

We'll all fall again. My son has, I have, we all do. It's inevitable. It's just how life works. But we know we fell face down and got up before, and we can do it again.

From I Am An Autism Parent newsletter. This newsletter is bi-weekly.

An Ever-Growing Distance Between Us


An Ever-Growing Distance Between Us
by Tim Tucker

Our son seems more and more distant from us now. His days are spent arranging things to suit his desires, closing and locking doors, making sure certain lights are on or off in the right order, watching videos he likes over and over again. Mostly, he's off to himself.

I would say that when he gets in our recliner and rocks and smiles that then he is content with how things are, but I really don't know. He simply can't tell us.

His most direct engagement with us is when he scripts something between single words and short phrases and wants us to repeat them back. Most of them even to us are cryptic at best. Sometimes he finds this hysterical. Sometimes it's part of his need for order. It is almost impossible to glean from the scripting how he feels. There seems to be little, if any, correlation. 

He participates in things when he feels like it, which isn't often. He protests in some way much of the rest of the time. Sometimes a situation is so overwhelming that he completely panics. As he closes in on 11 years old, it seems like more and more that the world is not a place he feels that comfortable in. But at least in his routines and rituals, he has carved out a path in which the world makes more sense to him. 

The change to get here has been gradual. I simply don't know what to make of it. He is changing more and more. But I have at least learned that this is neither good nor bad. It just is. 

We can challenge him to break out of some routines and try new things without too much protest beyond screeching and stomping. But sometimes, he becomes so overwhelmed and scared that he goes into full-fledged panic. Awareness of safety is non-existent, and he is too big and strong to control and keep safe in certain situations. And most of the time, I have no idea what is going to happen. 

We don't do this because there is anything wrong with routines and rituals. They can normalize life for him. We just don't want him to be so stuck in them that he can't do anything else. 

I really just want him to be happy, to become the fullest expression of who he is and can be. I don't know if I'm helping him do that - at all.

There's nothing wrong with him. Let's get that part straight. Things just seem to be so hard for him. 

The desktop background on my computer is the two boys playing on the living room floor, sort of half wrestling, both smiling. That feels like so long ago. Their interactions have changed. Our younger son tells us he feels like the big brother now. I don't know what all to make of that either.

I know the better question to ask is whether this really is how he wants to be and do and live in this world. Maybe it is. I truly don't know. It just seems to me like this isn't where he wants to be. 

There is so much you and I cannot know about our kids. But whatever I can or cannot know, I at least know what I can keep doing. 

I can keep loving him with all my heart.

I can do the best I can to help him be and become the person he wants to be, even if so much of that remains a mystery. 

Then I can try to trust that this will get us there somehow. 

It's not the clear answer we want, but it's a start. 



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