"Persons with disabilities should be integrated into ordinary catechetical programs as much as possible. Catechetical goals and objectives should be set for special students included in parish catechesis. They should not be segregated for specialized catechesis unless their disabilities make it impossible for them to participate in the basic catechetical program. Catechesis for persons with disabilities is most effective when it is carried out within the general pastoral care of the community." -National Directory for Catechesis, p. 207
The Office for People with Disabilities is here to support parishes in including children with special needs in religious education programs, as well as with sacramental preparation. Please see the resources below or contact the Office for People with Disabilities at 503-233-8399 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) Catechetical Resources
NCPD has put together a list of valuable resources for faith formation and is a valuable resource for ministry to people with special needs.
Sample Religious Education Registration Form for Children with Special Needs
Taken from the Diocese of Cincinatti, a registration form such as this one filled out by parents would be a valuable resource for knowing how best to work with a child who has special needs.
Loyola Sacramental Preparation Kits
Loyola has put together hands-on kits that can be helpful for children with special needs to learn and understand about the sacraments. Kits available are for Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation.
University of Dayton Inclusive Religious Education materials
The Institute for Pastoral Initiatives at the University of Dayton has a large collection of books and online resources to assist in inclusive religious education, including sacramental preparation.