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(217) 698-8500

Phone

1615 W. Washington St., Springfield, IL 62702

Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries

Persons with Special Needs/Disabilities

The Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, provides resources to parishes in order to help persons with special needs grow in their faith as fully participating members in their parish. The ministry strives to support parishes in their effort to provide persons with developmental, intellectual, physical and/or mental health disabilities spiritual growth in all aspects of the Church, to include: worship, catechesis, fellowship, prayer, serving God and others.  The Special Needs Ministry endeavors to have persons with special needs connected as much as possible to other parishioners as they seek to grow in their faith and spiritual life.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Church continues to affirm the dignity of every human being, and to grow in knowledge and understanding of the gifts and needs of her members who live with disabilities. Likewise, the Church recognizes that every parish community includes members with disabilities, and earnestly desires their active participation. All members of the Body of Christ are uniquely called by God by virtue of their Baptism. In light of this call, the Church seeks to support all in their growth in holiness, and to encourage all in their vocations. Participating in, and being nourished by, the grace of the sacraments is essential to this growth in holiness. Catholic adults and children with disabilities, and their families, earnestly desire full and meaningful participation in the sacramental life of the Church.

USCCB Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities

Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, June 15, 2017

Welcome and Justice for Persons with Disabilities, A Framework of Access and Inclusion - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1998

Pastoral Statement on Persons with Disabilities - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 1978, updated language 1989

The National Catholic Partnership on Disability

The National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) was established in 1982 to implement in parishes and dioceses throughout the United States the 1978 Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on Persons with Disabilities.  NCPD is guided by the following mission:

Rooted in Gospel values that affirm the dignity of every person, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) works collaboratively to ensure meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of the life of the Church and society.

Family Camp

Family Camp for persons with special needs and their families / caregivers has been an annual event for more than 25 years. One weekend each September participants will enjoy art activities, singing, square dancing, miniature golf, relaxation, Sunday Mass and prayer at Lake Williamson Christian Center, Carlinville.  The center and accommodations are ADA accessible. For information, please call (217) 698-8500 ext. 173 or email

Additional Resources

Helpful Websites and Resources

Resources for Inclusive Catechesis; Institute for Pastoral Initiatives
http://www.loyolapress.com/faith-formation-special-needs.htm  Loyola Press; Sacramental Preparation kits and Finding God adaptive programs and materials
http://www.pathways.org    Resource for special needs and disabilities; partnered with: http://www.InclusionInWorship.org 
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
www.do2learn.com  Do2learn™ resource for individuals with special needs; academics, social skills and behavior management
www.nichcy.org  National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities; Information for academics/ IEP from age 3 to 22
http://www.autismspeaks.org/  Resources for Autism
http://www.ndss.org National Downs Syndrome Society

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

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

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