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Office for Catechesis

Special Needs

People with special needs have a need for catechesis and the sacraments. Below are some websites with resources, some of which are available from the Office for Catechesis.


Websites and Resources for Persons with Disabilities or Special Needs

http://www.ncpd.org/  The National Catholic Partnership on Disability

http://usccb.org/ United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

http://ipi.udayton.edu  Resources for Inclusive Catechesis; Institute for Pastoral Initiatives   

http://www.ncea.org/ The National Catholic Educational Association.  Exceptional Learner Resources  In search bar go to: white paper / One Spirit One Body

http://www.loyolapress.com/faith-formation-special-needs.htm  Loyola Press; Sacramental Preparation and Finding God adaptive catechesis programs and materials

https://xaviersocietyfortheblind.org/ Xavier Society for the Blind; free religious and spiritual reading materials in braille, large print and audio

http://archstl.org/education/page/special-needs-programs  Archdiocese of St Louis, Office of Catholic Education, Special Needs Programs

http://www.pathways.org    Pathways to Inclusion / Inclusion in Worship http://www.InclusionInWorship.org 

http://faithandlight.org  Faith and Light: Worldwide ecumenical movement

http://www.faithandsafety.org   Technology safety through the eyes of faith

http://vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu/vkc/ Vanderbilt Kennedy Center: Disabilities- Hope Through Discovery

www.isbe.state.il.us  Illinois State Board of Education.   Parent Rights guide; recommended IEP and 504 forms /instructions and guidance

www.nichcy.org  National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities; Information for academics/ IEP from age 3 to 22

http://catholicmom.com/education-2/lesson-plans Lesson plans and idea guides

http://catholicblogger1.blogspot.com   The Catholic Toolbox: Lesson plans and ideas for traditional learners and special needs students.

www.do2learn.com  Do2learn™ resource for individuals with special needs; academics, social skills and behavior management

http://www.ncld.org/  The National Center for Learning Disabilities

http://www.fmptic.org/  Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center

https://www.ncd.gov/ National Council on Disability; federal agency committed to disability policy leadership

http://www.ada.gov/ Department of Justice ADA homepage and information about the Americans with Disabilities Act

www.cec.sped.org    Council for Exceptional Children; special education topics for teachers and parents; evidence-based learning practices and inclusion

http://il.nami.org/affiliates.html  The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Services and affiliates

http://www.autismspeaks.org/  Resources for Autism spectrum disorder

http://www.ndss.org  National Downs Syndrome Society

http://ucp.org United Cerebral Palsy

http://wrightslaw.com/  Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy: Information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities

http://cas.essentiallearning.com/janetwattlescas/Wrap.aspx Wellness Recovery Action Plan; for individuals with mental illness, the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health offers this free service

http://www.nami.org/   National Alliance for Mental Illness offers support groups for caregivers of individuals with mental illness and also consumer support groups

http://il.nami.org/  Illinois National Alliance for Mental Illness NAMI link

http://cwv.org Catholic War Veterans & Auxiliary with links to State of IL chapters and United States Department of Veterans Affairs

http://www.dhs.state.il.us/ The Illinois Department of Human Services; services for the prevention, intervention, treatment and rehabilitation of alcohol and substance abuse and/or dependency

Compiled by Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois        217-698-8500

The websites listed are for your reference and information only and may not reflect the Catholic faith position of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.