Encouragement for Fathers of Children with Special Needs


Book Description

Special Children, Blessed Fathers:
Encouragement for Fathers of Children with Special Needs

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. 


In honor of Cardinal George

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.


ADA Anniversary Plans

 What are Your Plans for the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Tell us your plans for celebrating the anniversary of ADA, July 25th, 2015, and we will share them on our website, through Facebook and in an upcoming special email.

  • NCPD will be cosponsoring an interfaith prayer service here in DC on the actual day.  

  • Fr. Joe Mulcrone in Chicago is serving on a committee to involve faith communities.

We know there are plenty more events scheduled. Send your plans or ways in which your offices will be involved to NCPD at


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.

"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.


Autism Awareness Month Resources


 April is Autism Awareness Month

As part of Autism Awareness Month please see the resources available on our Autism page. 




Also view our newly published videos on Understanding Autism
can be accessed by clicking below.


Deacon Starts Program for the Prevention of Disabilities in Youth Sports

Deacon Don Grossnickle,
Vicariate One Director of Outreach
Persons with Disability, Archdiocese of Chicago

Deacon expands ministry to support
the prevention of disabilities in youth sports.

In 1999 Deacon Don Grossnickle of the Archdiocese of Chicago was prompted to help a young high school football player who was paralyzed after a spinal cord and brain injury. His parish-based diaconal ministry was expanded as he was assigned to vicariate-based leadership exploring ways to better outreach and connect Church and persons with disabilities.

Deacon Don top row left 2nd person and his “Community Alliance for Sport Safety” Board of Directors
This ministry for the vicariate expanded to focus attention in Illinois and nation on disability and student athlete injury prevention and sport safety. He helped found the Community Alliance for Sport Safety which is a nonprofit. The organization pursues the dual mission of helping paralyzed student athletes and family members embrace the brokenness that comes associated with catastrophic injury via a mentoring outreach program, and promote injury prevention.
Now Deacon Grossnickle is organizing on-line Internet-based educational seminars that promote the learning and sharing of ideas that can reduce or eliminate athletic injuries for student athletes. Grossnickle helped pass: “Rocky’s Law” which is an Illinois requirement now that forces schools to provide insurance for high school athletes.
Grossnickle now seeks the help of all those concerned with disability to help him design and implement the on-line webinars that can reach student athletes, parents, coaches, and certified athletic trainers. This is a brand new mission and holds great promise. See the Community Alliance for Sport Safety web site for more information. Deacon Don encourages all to visit the web site and join in the mission to support injured athletes and families and help prevent disabilities right from the start.




Support NCPD through Giving Tuesday


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.






NCPD Presents at Vatican Conference on Autism

NCPD in Rome

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.


Loyola Award Winner 2014

The National Catholic Partnership on Disability, in partnership with Loyola Press, is pleased to announce St. John Neumann Parish in Lilburn, Georgia as the winner of this year’s Loyola Press Parish Award.

St. John Neumann Parish has gone above and beyond to make their sacred space accessible to all who worship there. The sacred space maintains its beauty and purpose while being accessible to all and allows for persons with physical disabilities to worship and minister at their parish. It is not a separate space or program; it is an organic part of the church and the community.

For more information visit the parish Facebook page at or read more at the press release at the link below.


Prayers of the Faithful for Mental Illness Awareness Week

Prayers of the Faithful

For your children who are living with mental illness, we pray to the Lord.

For those who are troubled in mind and spirit, we pray to the Lord.

For those suffering from mental illness; May they be healed through the mercy of the Holy Spirit, we pray to the Lord.

For priest, deacons, religious and parishioners; May they grow stronger in their love and commitment to individuals and their families living with a mental illness, we pray to the Lord.

For the unity and mission of the Holy Church; that it may welcome and serve those who live with a mental illness, we pray to the Lord.






Prayer for Mental Illness Awareness Week

 October 5 to 11 is Mental Illness Awareness week. One in five families are affected by mental illnesses. For one in 17 it is serious and persistent. Our spirituality is a key component in the recovery process along with good mental and physical healthcare. In addition to our sacramental life, daily prayer is important. We offer this prayer to be said for supporting wellness and wholeness in our lives.

  1. I will recall that I am a child of God.  I am one who is created out of Love.  I am chosen, good, holy and have purpose...a task to perform here on Earth before I return to the Father.  I deserve to be treated as a person who has value and dignity.
  2. I will embrace my illness or my family member’s illness as a friend this day looking for what it is teaching me about the mystery of God and Life.
    • ]I will not allow the stigma of mental illness to defeat me this day.  I will choose to have power over stigma by detaching myself from the stigma.
    1. I will talk to someone today who will encourage me to see my goodness and holiness as a child of God.  Maybe we will share a prayer together for one another.
    2. I will look for humor and reasons to laugh and be happy.  Quiet joy will be my goal.
    3. I will read a passage from Scripture or something from a book of devotion, inspiration or spiritual reading that will encourage me to trust and hope in the power and love of God.
    4. I will seek twenty minutes of solitude, silence, prayer this day.  If my mind won’t quiet down, if my thoughts keep racing, I will offer that as my prayer to God.  If necessary and helpful, I will listen to soothing instrumental music or inspirational/religious music to quiet me and remind me that God is present.
    5. I will walk outdoors marveling at a sunrise, a sunset, the song of a bird, the soothing colors of nature...the serenity of green grass, a blue sky, the softness of the pastel colored blossoms of Springtime and the peaceful waters of a river, lake or stream that ripple and flow.  I will remind myself that everything in nature is a reflection of the Creator and pleases the Creator just as it is and so do I just as I am.
    6. I will delight in the knowledge that we are each created different because it is in our differences we make a more powerful and beautiful whole.  We each reflect a different aspect of the mystery of Life and God.  Individually and together we are a Masterpiece!
    7. In God is my hope and my joy.  I will give honor, glory and praise to God knowing and trusting what God has in store for me.  We do not seek or like suffering but our suffering can make us strong in many ways and more compassionate and loving to others...our brothers and sisters in the Lord.
    Knowing for sure that although I long for God, God’s longing for me is even greater.  I will rest in that knowledge this day. Amen
                                                   By Rita Sebastian Lambert
                                                                   Workshop on Spirituality 
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