NCPD on the Air

 NCPD Board Chair, Stephen L. Mikochik, J.D., was interviewed by Raymond Arroyo on The World Over on Thursday June 16th, 2011. This interview coincided with the Bishops meeting in Seattle where a statement regarding physician assisted suicide was passed 191-1. 

 To see the interview, click the World Over logo.


NCPD in Accord with Bishops in Opposing Physician-Assisted Suicide

Opposing Physician-Assisted Suicide

Read NCPD's 2008 Board Statement Against Physician Assisted Suicide Read USCCB Press Release on the Bishops Statement approved at Seattle Meeting See information on upcoming webinar on this issue.



Fall 2011 Webinars

 Click below for a flyer on our upcoming webinars.

Registration available August 1, 2011.




Easter Greetings and Blessings!

In this holy season, NCPD offers a wealth of resources for ongoing faith formation for persons with disabilities. 

Click below for resources on:

USCCB’s Guidelines for the Celebrating the Sacraments for Persons with Disabilities Link
NCPD Board Statement on the Provision of Catechetical and Academic Instruction to Catholics with Disabilities Link
Catechesis for students with disabilities Link
Catholics with Autism Link
Deaf and persons who are hard of hearing Link

To new Catholics with disabilities, your Church welcomes you and values your spiritual gifts which are a necessary part of the Body of Christ!



April Edition of Bioethics and Public Policy Report Available

More timely information available in this month's edition on;

The National Scene: 

The State of Conscience/Religious Liberty:

The State of Marriage:

State by State:





ATF Survey in Spanish

The Spanish Autism Survey Now Available;
Closes on March 31, 2011.

January 31, 2011, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability’s Autism Task Force completed a survey in English of U.S. dioceses and parishes to gather data on the state of ministry with people having Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. We are now able to offer this survey in Spanish to reach those in the Hispanic community who are not English speaking.

Click the button to access an invitation letter in English and Spanish with a link to the Spanish, on-line survey.


Statement from National Catholic Bioethics Center

NCBC Expresses Disappointment Regarding Revision of Federal Conscience Protections

Marie T. Hilliard, RN, PhD, JCL
Director of Bioethics and Public Policy

February 22, 2011. The National Catholic Bioethics Center, while applauding the federal government's stated commitment to reinforce compliance with federal conscience protection laws, is gravely disappointed by the restriction of the scope of such protection from the original language, now limiting the protections only to abortion and sterilization procedures.

The intent of the Provider Conscience Rule was to reinforce and reaffirm existing federal laws, which prohibit recipients of certain federal funds from coercing individuals in the health care field into participating in actions they find religiously or morally objectionable. Such protection from discrimination ensures a vibrant pluralism in the delivery of health care. Not protecting consciences implicitly endorses a monolithic view of health care delivery in a setting where there is legitimate moral disagreement. By ensuring that consciences are protected, the federal government will help to assure that the people of the United States continue to receive care from a reasonable, thinking, caring and conscience-driven health care force.


Autism Awareness Month

NCPD Autism Task Force Encourages Parishes To Observe April as Autism Awareness Month

For decades April has been observed as Autism Awareness Month. The NCPD Autism Task Force has prepared resources for parishes to build awareness about autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including prayers of the faithful and bulletin articles.   Click below to view these and other resources prepared to help parishes serve the needs of parishioners with ASD and their families.



The NCPD Autism Task Force issued a press release, which we encourage you to share with your diocesan newspaper. Click below to read press release.

Press Release


NCPD Council on Mental Illness Releases Statement on Tucson Tragedy

The NCPD Council on Mental Illness has released a statement on the shooting in Tucson. To read the full statement click here.


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