IDD

ABOUT Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

By our baptism, all people are children of God and called to lives of holiness. People should be welcomed into their parishes, invited to learn about our faith, and able to receive the sacraments to the degree they are able.

Difficulty understanding mass? Challenges in your parish religious education program? Looking for support from other Catholic families?

Look no further!

The Apostolate has two full time staff members who are dedicated to helping friends and families of individuals with disabilities live out their call to holiness.

Contact us with your specific needs.

Latest News

Guidelines For The Celebration Of The Sacraments With Persons With Disabilities
Jul 18 | 2017

Guidelines For The Celebration Of The Sacraments With Persons With Disabilities

Difficulty understanding mass? Challenges in your parish religious education program? Looking for support from other Catholic families? Look no further! The Apostolate has two full time staff members who are dedicated to helping friends and families of individuals with disabilities live out their call to holiness. Contact us with your specific needs.
Faith and Autism
Jul 14 | 2017

Faith and Autism

Difficulty understanding mass? Challenges in your parish religious education program? Looking for support from other Catholic families? Look no further! The Apostolate has two full time staff members who are dedicated to helping friends and families of individuals with disabilities live out their call to holiness. Contact us with your specific needs.

Religious Education Success

Religious education for children with disabilities often requires special accomodations. As the parent, you are in the driver's seat to decide if you want your child mainstreamed with an assistant, in a seperate class, home schooled, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, or other style of learning that fits them. The primary goal is to share the message of the love of God and prepare them to receive the sacraments. Contact your parish DRE or the Apostolate for more details.

Resources

Video
Catechesis and Persons with Disabilities

People from all around the world share their involvement in their parish and thank Pope Francis for his love and support. It was created by the National Catholic Partnership on Disability for the international gathering on Catechesis and Persons with Disabilities in Rome in October 2017.

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Publication
How to Welcome, Include and Catechize Children with Autism and Other Special Needs
Book by Dcn. Larry Sutton, contact the Apostolate if purchasing it is a financial burden for a parish.
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Video
Dear Futrue Mom of a baby with Down Syndrome

French video of children with down syndrome to moms who find out their baby has down syndrome

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