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Special Needs

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The National Catholic Partnership on Disability is hosting an online training on preparing people with disabilities for the Sacraments of Initiation as well as the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


Course Modules:

  • An Overview of Sacramental Theology
  • The Mystical Body of Christ
  • Overview of Church Teaching on Sacraments and Disabilities
  • The Sacrament of Baptism
  • The Sacrament of the Eucharist
  • The Sacrament of Confirmation
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Sacramental Preparation and Vocation

For more information, go to:


Websites and Resources for Persons with Disabilities or Special Needs  The National Catholic Partnership on Disability United States Conference of Catholic Bishops  Resources for Inclusive Catechesis; Institute for Pastoral Initiatives The National Catholic Educational Association.  Exceptional Learner Resources  In search bar go to: white paper / One Spirit One Body Loyola Press; Sacramental Preparation and Finding God adaptive catechesis programs and materials Xavier Society for the Blind; free religious and spiritual reading materials in braille, large print and audio  Archdiocese of St Louis, Office of Catholic Education, Special Needs Programs    Pathways to Inclusion / Inclusion in Worship  Faith and Light: Worldwide ecumenical movement   Technology safety through the eyes of faith Vanderbilt Kennedy Center: Disabilities- Hope Through Discovery  Illinois State Board of Education.   Parent Rights guide; recommended IEP and 504 forms /instructions and guidance  National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities; Information for academics/ IEP from age 3 to 22 Lesson plans and idea guides   The Catholic Toolbox: Lesson plans and ideas for traditional learners and special needs students.  Do2learn™ resource for individuals with special needs; academics, social skills and behavior management  The National Center for Learning Disabilities  Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center National Council on Disability; federal agency committed to disability policy leadership Department of Justice ADA homepage and information about the Americans with Disabilities Act Council for Exceptional Children; special education topics for teachers and parents; evidence-based learning practices and inclusion  The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Services and affiliates  Resources for Autism spectrum disorder  National Downs Syndrome Society United Cerebral Palsy  Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy: Information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities Wellness Recovery Action Plan; for individuals with mental illness, the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health offers this free service   National Alliance for Mental Illness offers support groups for caregivers of individuals with mental illness and also consumer support groups  Illinois National Alliance for Mental Illness NAMI link Catholic War Veterans & Auxiliary with links to State of IL chapters and United States Department of Veterans Affairs The Illinois Department of Human Services; services for the prevention, intervention, treatment and rehabilitation of alcohol and substance abuse and/or dependency

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