"I sleep but my heart watches over this house which I have built."     St. Thèodora Guèrin   

Resources

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Web Links:

  Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities: A great general resource for information on state resources and organizations for persons with special needs and their families, legislation, materials for disability awareness, and much more.
   
  National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) : Resources for Catholics with Disabilities
   
  Pathways.org : Information and resources about child development, sensory issues, and inclusion- including many great short videos.
   
  Xavier Society for the Blind: National Catholic Lending Library for the Blind, providing spiritual and religious materials, and various events and programs            
   
  National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Indiana: grassroots public charity helping people living with serious mental illnesses, their families and friends. We support local NAMI Affiliates, train volunteer leaders, provide continuing education for professionals, and advocate for systems change at the state level.
                NAMI Indianapolis (Affiliate)
   
  Catholic Education Resource Center (CERC) : Online library resource for Catholic Faith and Culture
   
  CUSA: An Apostolate of Persons with Chronic Illness or Disability: a way for people with chronic illness or disability to care for others like themselves through an online or postal service Christian support group.
   
  Victorious Missionaries : Based at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, its purpose is to encourage those with disabilities to reach out to others with disabilities, sharing their gifts and spreading the Good News of the Gospel.
   
  United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) : variety of information, news, events for catechesis, liturgy and much more.
   
  Official Website of the Holy See: wealth of information about world-wide church events, GREAT place to look for encyclicals, videos and transcripts of Wednesday catechesis/audiences and so much more.

 

Books

  "Handbook for Adaptive Catechesis: Serving Those with Special Needs"  by Michelle Chronister, MA
- A very practical guide to addressing diverse needs, forming a program, lesson planning and sacramental preparation.
   
  "How to Welcome, Include and Catechize Children with Autism and Other Special Needs" by Lawrence Sutton, Ph.D.
- practical information in particular about autism, and lays out an "individualized catechesis" method, which utilizes 'faith mentors'
   
  "Faith, Family and Children with Special Needs" by David Rizzo
- a big picture look at issues of faith, as well as helpful tips for nurturing spiritual growth, for both the child and parents. 
   
  "Catechists for All Children": by Joseph D. White and Ana Arista White
concrete advice and methods to help work with a variety of different needs
   
  "Gifts of the Spirit: Multiple Intelligences in Religious Education": by Rev. Ronald Nuzzi, Ph.D.
- Information about the Multiple Intelligence Theory, the different 'intelligences' and ways to incorporate them into religious education, and into the Liturgy.
   
  "Don't Call Me Special: A First Look at Disability" by Pat Thomas
- a great way to introduce younger children to what a disability is, and how people deal with their disabilities and live happy and full lives.
                                 - Also available on YouTube as a video/slideshow
   

 

 Videos & Other Media

 

"Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors": featuring Joseph Cardinal Bernadin and Fr. Henri Nouwen
clips available HERE 
- highlights the importance of including persons with special needs into Liturgy and church life, and provides practical ways, to help all with disabilities be able to bring their gifts as well.
-VHS available in OCE
 
 "A Life Like Yours" A Prolife Message about People with Disabilities
also available on YouTube
- shares the story of Maddie, who reminds us of the dignity and joy that can be found in every human life.
-5-min DVD available in OCE
 
Lacey and Christian Buchanan: available HERE
 - a young mother shares her story, and the story of her son, who was born with a severe cleft lip, palate, and eyes.
 
"Dear Future Mom..."
children and young adults with Down Syndrome tell a worried expectant mother what to expect- just try not to cry
 
Prenatal Diagnosis: Webinar Series from NCPD
-This 1 ½ hour training is on supporting families who receive a prenatal diagnosis of a disability or lethal condition.
- Available in OCE