by Melanie Miller
A week after Christmas, after months of preparation, my two youngest children received their First Holy Communion. I had always assumed that while welcome at mass, this particular avenue of grace would always be closed to them because of their disabilities. Jude was born with severe cerebral palsy due to an injury at birth and his older sister, Josie, has profound autism.
Resources for Catechesis for Persons with Disabilities
The National Catholic Partnership on Disability has extensive resources for catechesis (and inclusion in parish life):
The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Curriculum is a time-tested, traditional resource for sacramental preparation:
There are several options in the Inclusive Catechesis Resources from University of Dayton’s Institute for Pastoral Initiatives:
Loyola Press publishes various adaptive and inclusive catechetical materials:
For more information about catechesis of adults or children with disabilities contact Maureen Larison, Consultant for Adult Formation and Initiation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-636-0296 Ext. 1269.