Fostering the full inclusion of people with disabilities
Serving as a pastoral resource for parishes and individuals
Providing welcome and access to persons with disabilities
into the life of the Church
The Office for Persons with Disabilities
The Office for Persons with Disabilities fosters the full inclusion of people with all disabilities into the life of the Churchin the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and serves as a pastoral resource for parishes, families and individuals in providing welcome and access to persons with disabilities.
The Office for was established in 1991 and is committed to following the mandates of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as stated in their Pastoral Statements on Persons with Disabilities.
Featured Video: Catechesis and Persons with Disabilities – A Necessary Engagement
Revision of Guidelines for the Celebration of Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities is Now Available online at the USCCB
The Guidelines are the culmination of years of work and were approved by the Bishops at their annual meeting in June 2017. A text of the Guidelines as well as a pdf version can be found in the Policies section of Divine Worship at the USCCB, (click here). The National Catholic Partnership on Disability wishes to express gratitude to the USCCB committees which produced the revision, especially Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz for their efforts, as well as NCPD staff, Board and Council members. To read more about the guidelines click here.
Religious Sign App for Families
The Religious Signs for Families APP- Now Available!
This App produced by the Deaf Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is a fun way to learn signs for religious words and to teach young children how to pray in American Sign Language. This App can be used by Deaf and hearing as a way to encourage families to pray together in American Sign Language. It can be used in homes and classrooms. It is a great resource for those who have Intellectual Disability and use functional signs.
All the adult models are Deaf and all the children are Deaf or Children of Deaf Adults (CODA’s). This is a great way to have the whole family learn to pray in ASL. The App is captioned and voiced in English and Spanish. To learn more about the App go to www.ReligiousASLApp.org
Poor Prenatal Diagnosis Support
If a Prenatal Diagnosis is poor, you are not alone. Lily’s Gift, is a network of concerned parents and professionals who have experienced or worked closely with issues surrounding poor prenatal diagnosis.
Parish Contact Program
Currently, over 110 Parish Contacts act on behalf of persons with disabilities to assist the pastor in his role of inviting people to full membership and to share fully in the life of the Parish. Each contact is appointed by the Pastor to serve as a liaison between persons with disabilities and their parish and between the parish and the Department for Pastoral Care for Persons with Disabilities. If your parish does not have a parish contact or would like to appoint a new contact, please submit the PCPD Parish Contact Form.