The Autism Task Force survey has closed.
Results to come soon!
The Autism Task Force pictured has conducted a survey in an effort to ensure that the welcome persons with disabilities receive in the Church continues to improve.
The ATF is working to review and develop strategies and resources that will assist (arch)dioceses/parishes to more effectively include individuals with ASD and their families, into the full life of the Church.
Your responses to this survey are vital to determine the current state of this specialized ministry. We anticipate that information gathered will indicate existing strengths and challenges around the country. This will directly assist the ATF in their efforts to improve and increase the breadth and depth of materials available to catechetical leaders (and catechists) to more successfully invite, welcome and appreciate persons with disabilities, especially those with ASD, in the Church.
NCPD Autism Task Force pictured : Katie Coughlin, Kim Lieb, Larry Sutton, Nancy Thompson, Charleen Katra, Jennifer Borek (not present: Mary Ann Walsh and Dan Mulhall)
Thank you to all who attended the webinar on Prenatal Diagnosis. We hope that you found it a valuable addition to your awareness of this topic, and a ready resource for ministering to those who receive a prenatal diagnosis.
To replay the webinar click below.
For Powerpoint printouts and other resources, click below.
The trends in the purposes of prenatal testing
is explored in this article.
"The last quarter-century has produced phenomenal advances in prenatal testing: ultrasound; testing for Rh incompatibility; infectious disease testing or testing for antibodies; maternal serum protein testing; amniocentesis; chorionic villus sampling; umbilical cord blood sampling; chromosomal and genetic testing of both parents and fetus. Yet, the question needs to be asked: to what end is this list of techniques continually enlarged?
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports that 90% of its surveyed members justify abortion for fetal anomalies that are fatal, and 63% justify abortion when the anomalies are not fatal. Thus, nearly two-thirds of the physicians responding, physicians entrusted with the care of mother and unborn child, embrace eugenics. ..."
Article by Dr. Marie Hilliard, JCL, PhD, RN., Chair NCPD Committe on Ethics and Public Policy and the Director of Bioethics and Public Policy, National Catholic Bioethics Center.
Reports from the National Catholic Bioethics Center on the state of bioethics and public policy are availabe by clicking here. These reports include information regarding conscience provisions, cloning and marriage, among other issues.
Mental Illness in Youth and Young Adults
June 10, 2010 1:00- 2:00 PM Eastern
Presented by the NCPD Council on Mental Illness as part of its Welcomed and Valued Initiative, and the National federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, helping parishes support the spiritual life of youth and young adults.
Dr. Paul Myers, Director of Student Health Services,
University of Portland, OR.
Linea Johnson is a self-advocate,motivational speaker, author, and blogger.
She is a recent college graduate with a degree in creative writing and English from
Seattle University, in Washington.
Linea says of herself, “As a young woman diagnosed with bipolar disorder,
I hope to use my experiences to speak for those unable to speak for themselves.”
Down Syndrome Patients Could Unlock Secrets of Aging
Questions seem to arise too often which question the value and purpose of lives of people with disabilities. We tragically hear that 90% of pregnancies with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome end in abortion. As people of faith, we strongly believe in the value of all life. As friends and/or families with people who have a member with Down syndrome, we can attest personally to the enrichment our lives have gained through our relationship with people having this disability. A recent article in USAToday provides even more reason to value the contributions which come through the lives of people with Down syndrome.
“As they live longer, adults with Down syndrome — who have an extra copy of chromosome 21 — are teaching scientists about the genetic roots of aging, says Ira Lott, head of pediatric neurology at the University of California-Irvine School of Medicine.”
“Scientists today are searching this chromosome, which contains only about 200 of the body's roughly 20,000 genes, to learn why people with Down syndrome suffer disproportionately from some health problems, such as Alzheimer's disease, but are spared many others, such as heart attacks, strokes and certain types of cancer.”
“By studying adults with Down syndrome, researchers hope to find new ways to combat diseases of aging in the larger population as well, Lott says.”