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Inclusive Religious Formation


SCERTS – This website offers comprehensive information about the SCERTS® Model [Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support] and its collaborators, and resources that are available to assist professionals and parents in developing and implementing educational programs based on the SCERTS® Model.

Autism Research Institute – Established in 1967 … ARI continues to pioneer in research, outreach, and cooperative efforts with other organizations worldwide. ARI advocates for the rights of people with ASD, and operates without funding from special-interest groups.

Autcom – Our organization was founded in 1990 to protect and advance the human rights and civil rights of all persons with autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and related differences of communication and behavior … Autism/PDD is not an illness or a “thing” a person “has.” It is a collection of responses which must be viewed in context, and observation is always more productive than labeling.

ACE Toolkit for Inclusion – This link contains a collection of articles and writings concerning the issue of educating children with disabilities in Catholic schools.

Autism Society of America – The Autism Society improves the lives of all affected by autism through education, advocacy, services, research and support.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD is medically and legally recognized as a treatable yet potentially serious disorder, affecting up to nine percent of all children, and approximately four percent of adults. CHADD was founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with ADHD.

Disability is Natural – “The mission of Disability is Natural is to encourage new ways of thinking about developmental disabilities, in the BELIEF that our ATTITUDES DRIVE OUR ACTIONS, and changes in our attitudes and actions can help create a society where all children and adults with developmental disabilities have opportunities to live the lives of their dreams, included in all areas of life.”

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati – The mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati is to empower individuals, educate families, enhance communities and together, celebrate the extraordinary lives of people with Down syndrome.

Equal Access Ministries – The Office of Equal Access Ministries (of the Diocese of Toledo) provides resources and assistance to parishes and individuals who are seeking to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in all aspects of the life of the Church and their gifts are recognized and engaged.

IRIS Behavior Brochure – Behavior Management Resources from Vanderbilt University Peabody Center.
Our primary objective is to create and infuse resources about evidence-based instructional and intervention practices into pre-service preparation and professional development programs.

National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry – “Members are concerned with spiritual and social formation, integration, welcome and justice for people with mental retardation, autism, intellectual, cognitive and developmental disabilities and related disabilities (IDD) in Catholic faith communities and in secular communities of society at large.”

National Association of School Psychologists – The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) empowers school psychologists by advancing effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior, and mental health. See especially NASP Resources and Helping Children with Special Needs.

National Autistic Society – From the United Kingdom, you will get a variety of information about autism and Asperger’s spectrum disorders, including an A to Z list of autism topics.

National Catholic Partnership on Disability – Rooted in Gospel values that affirm the dignity of every person, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) works collaboratively to ensure meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of the life of the Church and society.

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence – (OCALI) serves families, educators, and professionals working with students with autism and low-incidence disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, other health impairments, and traumatic brain injuries.

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities – The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) is a statewide nonprofit organization that serves families of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities in Ohio, and agencies who provide services to them.

Pacer – Pacer is the Minnesota Parent Training and Information Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.

Project Genesis – Project Genesis was founded in 1991 as a non-profit corporation dedicated to serving Connecticut adults and students who have disabilities.


ADHD – Fact Sheet Topics

ADHD – Classroom Accommodations for Children with ADHD

Autism and Faith

Be Prepared Kit for families with members with special needs, from Autism Now.

Autism Asperger’s Digest – The Autism Asperger’s Digest, a division of Future Horizons, Inc. was created to meet the needs of teachers, therapists, and family members who face the challenge of autism.

The Autism File – The Autism File is a bi-monthly magazine dealing with all aspects of autism, including State by State links to resources, designed to get families started in the search for assistance for their loved ones with autism.

Faith Formation Parent Interview

Parent/Caregiver Faith Formation Questionnaire

Help Your Child’s Catechist Get to Know Your Child with Special Needs

Creating Meaningful Faith Formation Opportunities for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders Worksheet

Classroom Resources – This list was compiled by Eileen Grams, MS, Inclusion Specialist, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Elementary School, Potomac, MD, © 2009. (Distributed with permission by the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD).

Sensory World – Sensory World provides a collection of sensory related books, CDs, and DVDs covering education and informative conferences across the nation. With the help of experts like Carol Kranowitz, Britt Collins, and Dr. Temple Grandin, more and more people are becoming aware of how Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) might affect any one of us, and more importantly, how to help overcome whatever challenges each person might face.

OASIS @ MAAP – OASIS @ MAAP Services provides information, networking, referrals and printed materials for families, challenged individuals and professionals concerned with the autism spectrum. Founded in 1984, MAAP Services, adheres to the basic principal that all individuals with autism spectrum challenges have the ability to learn, grow and enjoy a good quality of life.

Special Needs in Catechesis Getting Started – Instead of worrying about starting an entire program to welcome people with autism and their families, begin by welcoming one. Many faith communities that have successful programs for inclusive religious education began by determining the needs of the one child first presented to them. Then, child-by-child, they learned how to respond to the needs, and after a period of time, they had a “program.” (Permission to share granted by A PRAISE Resource (Persons Recognized Accepted Included Spirit-Filled Educated), Archdiocese of Newark, Pastoral Ministry with Persons with Disabilities)


Acadiana Autism Newsletter – A monthly newsletter “dedicated to improving the lives of all affected by autism.”

Pacesetter – A quarterly newsletter “by and for parents of children and young adults with disabilities.”


Pastoral Statement of United States Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 3211 Fourth St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20017, © USCCB (All Rights Reserved)

Guidelines for Celebration of Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C.: National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities, 1995

Welcome and Justice for Persons with Disabilities: A Framework for Access and Inclusion.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1999. (Includes social justice foundations for inclusion of persons with disabilities.)

Opening Doors of Welcome and Justice to Parishioners with Disabilities: A Parish Resource Guide.  United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C., 2003.

Welcoming parishioners with Disabilities : National Catholic Partnership on Disability. Washington, D.C.: National Catholic Partnership on Disability, 2003.


Fouse, Beth, Ph.D. and Maria Wheeler, M.Ed. A Treasure Chest of Behavioral Strategies for Individuals with Autism. Future Horizons, Inc., Arlington, TX, 2005.

Pinsky, Mark I. Amazing Gifts: Stories of Faith, Disability, and Inclusion. The Alban Institute, Herndon, VA. 2012

Sutton, Lawrence R., Ph.D.  How to Welcome, Include and Catechize Children with Autism and Other Special Needs. Loyola Press, Chicago, 2013.

Masters, Anne, M.A. Pastoral Ministry WITH Persons WITH Disabilities Parish Resource Guide A PRAISE Resource of the Archdiocese of Newark.

Pierson, James O. Exceptional Teaching: A Comprehensive Guide for Including Students with Disabilities. Standard Publishing, Cincinnati, OH, 2002. (ISBN 0-7847-1255-7)

Hunter, Bob and Carol Hunger. A Loving Justice. Intervarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL, 1990. Offers a practical, 58-page user-friendly guide to the requirements for church entities of the landmark civil rights legislation for people with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act.” (ISBN 0-8308-1066-8)

Newman, Barbara J. Autism and Your Church: Nurturing the Spiritual Growth of People with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Friendship Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI, 2011. (ISBN 978-1-59255-572-7)

Johnson, Brad. A Compassionate Journey Coming Alongside People With Disabilities or Chronic Illnesses. Faith Alive Christian Resources, Grand Rapids, MI, 2008 (ISBN 978-1-59255-399-0)


Symbolic Catechesis and Other Tools in Catechetical Ministry for People with Disabilities. Available on DVD, “This NCPD webinar provides tools for catechetical ministry with those having mild to severe disabilities. The use of symbolic catechesis and sacred spaces which engages all of the senses will be explored. Adaptive methodology that utilizes Montessori teaching principles to help children develop an informed and genuine relationship with God will be shared.” ($10.00,

Access to Liturgical Spaces: Welcoming ALL to this Place, and Access in Liturgy: Making Liturgical Ministries More Accessible to People with Disabilities. Both available on one DVD, The first “webinar addresses accessible liturgical spaces and church complexes”; the second webinar “focuses on inclusion of persons with disabilities in the liturgical life of the Church.”