The National Director of Catechesis states “It is the task of the local Churches to be open to the reception and ordinary presence of persons with disabilities within programs of catechesis, working for a culture of inclusion against the logic of the disposable. Persons with intellectual disabilities live out their relationship with God in the immediacy of their intuition, and it is necessary and ennobling to accompany them in the life of faith. This requires that catechists seek new channels of communication and methods more suitable for fostering the encounter with Jesus. . . For this service, it is a good idea for some catechists to receive a specific formation. Catechists should also be close to the families of persons with disabilities, accompanying them and fostering their full incorporation into the community. The openness to life of these families is a witness that deserves great respect and admiration.” (271).
“Persons with disabilities are called to the fullness of sacramental life, even in the presence of severe disorders. The sacraments are gifts from God, and the liturgy, even before being rationally understood, needs to be lived; therefore no one can refuse the sacraments to persons with disabilities.” (272)
The Special Needs Ministry of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas maintains as its first priority the task of assisting parents, the first teachers of their children, Directors of Religious Education and catechists with faith formation and sacramental preparation for their child with a disability. To do this, the Special Needs Ministry has a variety of adapted curriculums that are available for loan to parents and catechists. Training in research-based instructional methods for teaching children and adults with disabilities is available. For more information or assistance, please contact the ministry office.
Copies of The Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with People with Disabilities (USCCB, 2019) is the available through the ministry office on request. English and Spanish versions are available.