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Protecting Our Children

Persons with Disabilities

Office for Social Concerns
Catholic Diocese of Columbus

Persons with Disabilities

The Office for Social Concerns works with parish advocates for persons with disabilities and advocates for inclusion of persons with disabilities in the life of the Church and in society.  As part of its efforts in disability awareness and advocacy, the office sponsors the Parent/Family Network Program Series of meetings for parents and family members of children with special needs.

U.S. Catholic Bishops' Statements

Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities

Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities

Welcome and Justice for Persons with Disabilities

National Catholic Organizations

National Catholic Partnership on Disability 

National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry 

National Catholic Office for the Deaf 

CUSA - An Apostolate of People with Chronic Illness & Disability

Network of Inclusive Catholic Educators  


Parent/Family Network  The Parent/Family Network Program provides informational meetings in the diocese for parents and family members of children with, or at-risk for, various types of physical or learning disabilities.  During thet sessions, participants have the opportunity to pray, share experiences, give advice, and learn about resources and programs designed to address the needs of children with special needs.

Resources for Ministry with Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities  This webpage designed by the diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry provides a comprehensive listing of Catholic teaching documents, national organizations, and resources.

Disability Ministry Toolkit  Looking for fresh ideas to implement the U.S. Bishops' Pastoral Statement on Persons with Disabilities?  Visit the National Catholic Partnership on Disability's Disability Ministry Toolkit website for a vast array of online resources. 

Opening Doors to People with Disabilities  Volume I:  Pastoral Manual (1995).  This 215-page Pastoral Manual provides specific information in a concise easy-to-read format.  Chapters and topics coincide with The Resource File.  Volume II:  Resource File (1997).  This 1,400-page encyclopedia is neatly packaged in two loose-leaf binders (Book A and Book B) to provide flexibility in research and in planning for workshops and conferences.  National Catholic Partnership on Disability (202) 529-2933, (202) 529-2934 tty,

A Loving Justice:  The Moral and Legal Responsibilities of the U.S. Catholic Church under the Americans with Disabilities Act  Offers a practical, 58-page user-friendly guide.  National Catholic Partnership on Disability (202) 529-2933, (202) 529-2934 tty,

Online Webinars  The National Cathlolic Partnership on Disability produces online seminars (webinars) on a wide range of topics.  Thanks to Bishop Campbell, these webinars are free to members of the Catholic Diocese of Columbus since our diocese is an affiliate member of NCPD.  View them live or recorded.  The NCPD webinar website also provides handouts and other resources related to each topic.  To register for future webinars or watch a previous one, go to or email

Large Print Lectionary and Sacramentary  Available in four sizes.  National Catholic Partnership on Disability (202) 529-2933, (202) 529-2934 tty,

Xavier Society for the Blind  Braille, large print, and recorded resources.  Call (800) 637-9193

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Program to in improve Catholic Religious Education for Children and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities  Available in English or Spanish from Silver Burdett Ginn Religion (877) 275-4725 or  The diocesan Office of Religious Education & Catechesis also has this resource in their media library at (614) 221-4533.

Sacramental Preparation Resources  The Network for Inclusive Catholic Educators at the University of Dayton produces booklets and videos designed especially for parents and catechists preparing individuals with disabilities for the reception of the Sacraments.  Call (888) 532-3389 or go online at   Also contact the diocesan Office of Religious Education & Catechesis at (614) 221-4533.

Mental Illness Awareness  The National Catholic Partnership on Disability has resources to promote pastoral sensitivity to, and inclusion of, individuals and their family members who live with mental illness.  NCPD (202) 529-2933, (202) 529-2934 tty, or go online at

Social Justice Disability Backgrounders  The National Catholic Partnership on Disability developed public policy briefing papers to address current domestic policy issues at the federal level for 2008.  Topics of the briefing papers include:  Disability Facts to Enhance Advocacy Efforts, Disability and Poverty, Affordable and Accessible Housing, Community Choice Act, ADA Restoration Act of 2007, Prenatally & Postnatally Disagnosed Conditions Awareness Act, Mental Illness Justice Issues.  For backgrounders, contact NCPD at (202) 529-2933, (202) 529-2934 tty, or the diocesan Office for Social Concerns at (614) 241-2540 or





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