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Resources for Persons with Special Needs

Faith Formation and Sacramental Preparation Materials

Liguori Publications

Handbook for Adaptive Catechesis: Serving Those with Special Needs

Loyola Press

Adaptive Preparation Kits for Confirmation, Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Designed to help individuals with autism and other special needs enter fully into the faith experience, prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation, and live their lives as participating members of the Catholic Church.

Adaptive Finding God Program: A faith formation program for children with special needs adapted to a variety of settings and situations

National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry

Now with National Catholic Partnership on Disability as the Council on Intellectual and Developmental Disability.

Tips for Working with Children and Teens with Special Needs

Sacramental Themes and Learning Styles that list suggestions on how to teach the theme in a visual, auditory or kinesthetic manner.

Baptism
Reconciliation
Eucharist
Confirmation

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Program

A comprehensive religion curriculum designed to help parents and catechists in their task of teaching special children and adults about the Catholic faith. The program may be used in a variety of religious education settings: parish religious education, either in an inclusive classroom or in a specialized setting. (Available in English and Spanish)

University of Dayton

Inclusive Catechesis Resources 

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College Resources for Students with Disabilities

A team of experts at BestColleges.com has published a guide for students with disabilities outlining their legal rights, where to find assistance on campus, and an extensive list of websites, apps and software resources designed for students’ specific needs.

Affordable Colleges Online has an extensive list of resources for students with disabilities.

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Catholic Organizations

Key Ministries

Resources to help churches more effectively minister to children and adults with ADHD, anxiety disorders, Asperger’s Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, depression and trauma.

New Hampshire Bible Society

National Catholic Partnership on Disability

National Catholic Office for the Deaf

Strengthened in Faith: Confirmation a Sacramental Preparation in American Sign Language (DVD)

Liturgical Prayers in American Sign Language (DVD)

Sacrament of Reconciliation in American Sign Language (DVD)

Policy for Working with Sign Language Interpreters in Catholic Religious Settings

Principles for Understanding Deaf Ministry and Guidelines for Hiring Pastoral Ministers for the Deaf Community

Xavier Society for the Blind

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

USCCB 1978 Statement on Persons with Disabilities

Guidelines for Celebrating Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities

Archdiocese of Newark

Pastoral Ministry with Persons with Disabilities: Catechetics, Pastoral Support & Family Support

Archdiocese of Washington, DC

Department of Special Needs Ministry

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The following book titles appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of “Lifelong Faith Journal.” The issue was dedicated to Faith Formation and Special Needs.

Carter, Eric W. Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, Families and Congregations. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes publishing Co., 2007.

Chronister, Michele. Handbook of Adaptive Catechesis: Serving Those with Special Needs. Liguori: Liguori Publishing, 2012.

Conner, Benjamin T., Amplifying Our Witness: Giving Voice to Adolescents with Disabilities. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012.

Newman, Barbara. Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities (Revised Edition). Grand Rapids: Faith Alive, 2012.

Reynolds, Thomas E. Vulnerable Communion: A Theology of Disability and Hospitality. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2008.

Verbal, Pat (general editor). Special Needs Ministry for Children. Loveland: Group Publishing, 2012

 

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