NCPD Statement on Health Care Reform Bill


NCPD Applauds Pro-Life Protections in H.R. 3962
and Opposes their Omission from
the Reed Substitute for H.R. 3590;
Seeks Assurances for Persons with Disabilities.


            The National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) applauds the 240 members of Congress who supported The Stupak-Pitts Amendment in the US House of Representatives’ Health Care Reform proposal (H.R. 3962). This amendment would permanently prevent the funding of abortion within the public option of the plan, consistent with the provisions of the Hyde Amendment. Also consistent with these same provisions, the Stupak-Pitts Amendment would prohibit the use of public funds for premiums paid to private plans that include abortion. Cognizant of an incipient movement toward eugenics in health care public policy, as evidenced by the fact that ninety percent of fetuses with Down Syndrome never are allowed to be born, these protections are welcomed.  ... (more)


Voices of Faith: Communion


Voices of Faith






One Sunday morning when I was serving as Minister of the Cup, a young man approached me, having obvious problems with his balance. When I gave him the Precious Blood I placed one hand on his shoulder to steady him. When Randy gave me back the Cup he also placed one hand on my shoulder and simply stood quietly for a moment. That was a moment of communion. Certainly I was deeply touched as was our community.

Submitted by Sister Anne Fitzpatrick, RSM

 If you woul like to submit your own Voices of Faith story, please click here.



NCPD Launches Voices of Faith

Man with SaxophoneNovember 16, is NCPD's "birthday," the day in 1978 when the Pastoral Statement of US Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities was approved.

To celebrate, we're asking you, our E-News subscribers, to tell us a disability story about yourself or someone you know ... stories of how faith and involvement in the Church has been a part of realizing hopes and dreams.  Or share stories of how someone made a positive difference in your faith life or in the faith life of someone you love who lives with disability.



USCCB Requests ACTION NOW on Health Care Reform

Congress is preparing to vote on the health care reform legislation. The USCCB has concluded that the bills are deficient on "the issues of abortion and conscience, and do not provide adequate health care for immigrants and the poor." In order to forestall the enactment of laws that will have an impact for years to come the USCCB has provided the following resources to be shared in parishes in early November.

How you can help: Share with your pastor and parish staff the following resources and contact Congress.

  1. Bishops have been asked to include a Nationwide Bulletin Insert in every parish bulletin or distributed in pews, or at Church entrances. (Click here for Bulletin)
  2. Pulpit Announcements and Prayer of the Faithful petitions are offered for use. (Click here)
  3. The ad displayed is also available. High-resolution files are available. If needed contact Deirdre McQuade at
    - Click here for a PDF of the USCCB Memo, Bulletin Insert and full page ad.
  4. Contact members of the Senate and Representatives urging them to include pro-life amendments to the bill.

Members can be emailed through the following link, which automatically determines who are your Senators and Representatives.

Members can be contacted by phone at the US Capitol switchboard at: 202-224-3121

Other contact info can be found at and

See the USCCB for more information. (Click here)


Webinars: Replay Links and Other Resources

To access replay links and other resources from various Webinars, hover on the "Webinar" menu item on the menu bar that is below the NCPD logo at the top of this page, and select the Webinar of interest.

(See the picture to the right.)

The Replay Links and Resources from the Webinar are available at the bottom of each page.


NCPD Releases New Mental Illness Resource Manual to Assist in Preparing for October Mental Illness Awareness Week

Resource ManualIn 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). Since then, advocates for people with mental illness have organized a great variety of events to educate communities about mental illness.  The NCPD Council on Mental Illness is pleased to release its newly developed resource manual, Welcomed and Valued: Building Faith Communities of Support and Hope with People with Mental Illness and Their Families to assist parishes in planning activities to commemorate the week and the Day of Prayer.  The manual is available for free download by clicking here.

For more information on the Mental Illness Awareness Week click here.


NCPD Board Committee on Ethics and Public Policy Issues Analysis on Health Care Reform

 A Response to the Federal Health Care Reform Proposal HR 3200
Health Care a Right: Even for the Elderly, Infirm, those with Disabilities,
 and the Unborn
from the Board of Directors’ Committee on Ethics and Public Policy of the
National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD)
August 28, 2009


Emergency Plans

On August 12, 2009, the National Council on Disability (NCD) released a report outlining the barriers that persons with disabilities face when disaster hits as they “are left behind when it comes to national emergency and disaster plans,”

The NCD report is titled “Effective Emergency Management: Making Improvements for Communities and People with Disabilities,” and contains several Federal recommendations as well as State, Local and Individual level interventions. The report can be found at:

Click here for more information.



Congress advancing legislation for taxpayer funding of abortion


Congress is advancing health care reform legislation that includes taxpayer funding of abortion.  Already Congress has voted to use taxpayers’ money to fund elective abortions in the District of Columbia, thus, violating our right to choose not to be complicit in the evil of abortion.[i]  Furthermore, it is statistically documented that the unborn with disabilities are at much greater risk of never being allowed to be born.  It is critical that any health care reform legislation reflects longstanding policies which reject abortion funding and mandates, and which provide for conscience protections.  Furthermore, such legislation should not promote policies that foster the hastening of death, especially for the elderly and those with disabilities.  Please let your voice be heard by accessing the alert at


Three-Day Advanced Training on Mental Illness

Welcomed and Valued
Three-Day Advanced Training
on Mental Illness

Sponsored by the NCPD Council on Mental Illness

Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL
September 26-28, 2009 

Open application by clicking here.

Participants of the July one-day awareness workshop designed to help parishes meet the needs of persons with severe and persistent mental illness and other interested individuals are invited to apply to attend a three-day advanced level training sponsored by the NCPD Council on Mental Illness on September 26-28, 2009. It will be held at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois. People with a background and experience in spiritual outreach to people with mental illness and their families who have not attended the NCPD one-day awareness workshop on mental illness are also invited to apply. All applicants will be considered and selections will be made by the committee in light of the applications’ content, recommendations received and available space.

The purpose of this three-day advanced training program is:

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