All baptized persons with disabilities have a right to adequate catechesis and desire the means to develop a relationship with God" (NDC).
Goals of Special Needs Faith Formation:
Everyone should be invited to:
1. Participate in Faith Formation
2. Share in the faith life of the parish and church
3. Experience liturgical worship
4. Take part in Christian life and service
Persons with disabilities should be integrated into ordinary catechetical programs as much as possible (NDC)Inclusion does not mean:
A continuum or Models for Religious Education can be found at: http://www.ncpd.org/
Here are some sample announcements for your parish bulletin to welcome all with special needs into your Faith Formation program: Click here
University of Dayton:
The University of Dayton is offering several courses on teaching those with special needs.
Stay tuned for special opportunities for taking these classes at a reduced price through the Syracuse Diocese Disability Commission.
Autism in Faith Formation:
Support and Strategies for Teaching Our Students with Autism
BOOKS, ARTICLES AND WEBSITE RESOURES
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A patron saint for those
with Autism or on the Autism spectrum
The Mission of St. Thorlak is a realization of the relevance of Saint Thorlak of Iceland in today's world. People affected by autism and autism spectrum disorders are finding particular strength in his patronage and example, though he is a saint for everyone, everywhere. Simply put, The Mission of St. Thorlak hopes to reach the hearts of those who are spiritually starving, and to teach others how to prevent this starvation.
Individual Faith Formation Plan:
The first step in deciding what will make Faith Formation a success for any child with special needs is to meet with their parents and go over the Individual Faith Formation Plan. This can be found in the Catechetical Leaders Handbook or click this link: Individual Faith Formation Plan