National Events

 Connecting at Regional/National Events

Below is a list of upcoming regional/national gatherings with some sessions related to disability issues and concerns. If you want to connect with NCPD staff and representatives and other diocesan leaders click here and indicate which meeting(s) you will be attending (you may check more than one) and an NCPD representative will reach out to you before the meeting. 

 
Click here to add your name to those who would like to try to meet-up at the event.
 
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Vatican Conference on Catechesis and Persons with Disability: 
A Necessary Engagement in the Daily Pastoral Life of the Church
October 20-22, 2017

Held in Rome at the Pontifical University Urbaniana
Please complete the registration form in the link and email it to convention2017@pcpne.va  There is a €30/$30 contribution to be paid by each participant upon arrival at the Conference. Fee can be paid online with registration.
http://www.ncpd.org/sites/default/files/Registration.pdf
Website below.
http://www.pcpne.va/content/pcpne/en/Appuntamenti/catechesi-e-persone-co...

 
 
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PAST EVENTS LISTED BELOW

 
 
National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers Conference,

July 23-26, 2017
Pre-Conference July 22-23, 2017
The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

 
 
 
 

April 18-20 – National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) 2017 Convention & Expo
St. Louis, Missouri


https://www.ncea.org/ncea2017 
Workshops/Connect with:
  • Doreen Engel, former NCPD Board member and Guidance Counselor and Benilde Director, St. Raphael Academy, Diocese of Providence, and Maggie Hubbard, Director for Special Education, Archdiocese of Washington (“Special Education Programs K – 12: Models and Possibilities for Special Needs Students”)
  • Dr. Michael Boyle, NCPD Board member and director, Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education at Loyola University in Chicago (“Ensuring a Place at the Table: Serving the Exceptional Learner in Catholic Schools”)
  • Linda Porter, Diocese of Tyler (“Bridging the Gap: Faith Formation for Special Needs”)
  • Dr. Pam Bernards, NCEA Director of Professional Development and NCPD Board member ·        and NCPD Board member Michael Boyle (“New Directions…One Spirit, One Body: An Agenda for Serving Students with Disabilities in Catholic Education”)
    ·        Other workshops:
    o   “The Benefits of Including Students with Special Needs in Catholic Schools” by Amy Schroff
    o   “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), A Primer and Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education” by Pamela Allen
    o   “(No) Know Differentiation Strategies Really Work! Five Differentiation Strategies You Can Use Monday Morning!” by Ellen Wedemeyer
    o   “All God’s Children” by Mary Wisniewski
    o   “Universal Design for Learning: Knowledge You Will Flip For” by Maggie Mosher
 
 
 

May 22-25 – National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) Transformative Leadership Conference
Dallas, Texas,

https://www.nccl.org/conference-2017
Connect with:
  • Janice Benton, NCPD executive director
  • Esther Garcia, NCPD manager of programs and outreach
Both will be attending the full conference and the pre-conference gathering hosted by the Federation for Catechesis with Hispanics.
 
 
 

June 19-21 – NCEA New Directions Exceptional Learners Conference
Chicago, IL
 

 https://www.ncea.org/NCEA/Learn/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=ELC2017&WebsiteKey=60819b28-9432-4c46-a76a-a2e20ac11cfd 

Connect with:
  • Janice Benton, NCPD executive director
  • NCPD Board members Dr. Pam Bernards and Dr. Michael Boyle (positions described above)
  • Brighid McGann, Resource Consultant, Archdiocese of Washington
The meeting consists of professional development sessions, inspirational keynotes and networking opportunities. Evidence-based approaches will be presented to address students with diagnosed disabilities, as well as students who are struggling in the classroom.
 

 

 

July 1-4 – Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel,
Orlando, FL,
sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
 

Connect with a delegation from NCPD, including:
  • Janice Benton, Executive director
  • Sr. Kathleen Schipani, Director, Office for Persons with Disabilities & Deaf Apostolate
  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia and NCPD Board chair
  • Marsha Rivas, Coordinator, Office for People with Disabilities, Diocese of Toledo and NCPD Board chair-elect
  • Walter Bonam, Associate Director for Evangelization and the Catechumenate, Archdiocese of New Orleans and NCPD Board member
  • Michael Adamus, Disability advocate, former director of disability ministry in the Diocese of Erie, and Knight of Columbus
  • Chris Miller, Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, St. Christopher Parish, Diocese of San Jose and member, NCPD Council on Mental Illness
  • NCPD manager of programs and outreach Esther Garcia
 
Attendees at this conference must come through their diocesan delegation; scholarship funds may be available.  If you are interested in attending, contact your diocesan office coordinating delegation members for the convocation. 
For further information visit: 
 
 
 
 

July 23-26 – NACFLM Conference: The Missionary Impulse Within Our Families
Washington, D.C.

http://nacflm.org
Workshops/Connect with:
  • Deacon Tom Lambert, founding co-chair of the NCPD Council on Mental Illness ( “Supporting Families Affected by Mental Illness”)
  • Janice Benton, NCPD executive director (“Disability in Family and Parish Life: Embraced or Challenged?”)
 
 
 
 

Oct. 19-21, 2017- 11th Annual Dallas Ministry Conference: Walking Together in Faith
at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, TX,

http://udallas.edu/dmc/index.php  
Connect with:

 

  • Melissa Waldon, Associate Director on Disabilities and Catechesis to Persons with Special Needs from Catholic Diocese of Dallas and member, NCPD Council on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
 

 

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Form - Waiver and Release NCPD revised - Final - English - fillable.pdf282.77 KB
Form - Waiver and Release revised Final - Espanol - fillable).pdf287.69 KB
Exhibit and Video Guidelines - Vatican Conf - Final.pdf605.25 KB