"Realistic provision must be made for persons with disabilities to participate fully in the Eucharist and other liturgical celebrations such as the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Anointing of the Sick." -Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities, para. 23
People with special needs should be included like everyone else in the celebration of the sacraments. The Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities document was published by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1995 outlining this call for inclusion. Excerpts from this document are referenced under each of the sacrament headings, as well as some helpful catechetical resources.
Sacramental preparation may at times need to be adapted on an individual basis for people with special needs. The specifics of this may be best discussed through conversation with the person receiving the sacrament, their parent(s) or caregiver(s), parish staff, catechist, pastor, archdiocesan staff, and/or anyone else involved in the person's life.
For more information or to request support in celebrating sacraments with parishioners who have special needs, please contact the Office for People with Disabilities - 503-233-8399 or firstname.lastname@example.org.