In order to spread awareness in your parish about Autism Spectrum Disorder during Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness month in April, choose one of these petitions to say during the Prayers of the Faithful during each weekend Mass for the month of April.
Here are some strategies that can be used with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Not every child responds to every tactic. Choose the best strategies for the individual child. These ideas can also be used with children with other needs than autism, such as intellectual/developmental disabilities.
What to Expect - Before Mass
More late arrivals than usual
Be patient and maintain a welcoming spirit.
More traffic / vans than usual
Use traffic cones to designate areas where cars and vans can pull over close to the church entrance to unload passengers. Schedule an usher/greeter to welcome and assist these guests.
Jean Vanier reminds us that each Beatitude draws us closer to the Heart of Jesus.
We begin to see with our own hearts and minds the humanness of the one who became our Savior. Today, we see the emotional Jesus who was so transparent that he “showed” his vulnerability with tears.
Commemoration of the Pastoral Statement on Persons with Disabilities
You make each living person in your image
…Your gift of love and commitment to the human race
…A seed to build a community of interdependence and respect for all life
The importance of thoughtful and careful planning for any ministry cannot be overemphasized. Planning should likewise be approached with creativity and openness. The following questions can initiate the planning process toward a universally designed ministry:
What does it mean to create a church community open to all?
There is no question that organization and structure are essential to an effective ministry with people with disabilities. However, there is no oneway to structure this ministry, as evidenced by the variety of configurations currently operating in dioceses throughout the country. We are witnessing the downsizing or consolidation of many programs, and in some cases, directors have been required to assume responsibility for additional ministries. These trends have made clear the need for creativity and openness to change when considering how best to create a welcoming and inclusive community of faith for all, including Catholics with disabilities.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) modified the OPTN Final Rule to include VCAs among transplantable organs, effective July 3, 2014. At its June meeting, the OPTN Board adopted an interim policy, without public comment but with a September 1, 2015, sunset provision. The VCA Transplantation Committee has solicited public comment on a proposal to make such policy permanent. Both provisions would permit living VCA donations.
Chairman Zirkin and distinguished Committee members, I appreciate the opportunity to testify this afternoon and register my strong opposition to Senate Bill (SB) 676, entitled the Richard E. Israel and Roger "Pip" Moyer Death with Dignity Act.
My name is Stephen L. Mikochik. On behalf of NCPD and the thousands of disabled Maryland Catholics it serves, I testify in opposition to S.B. 676, which, in legalizing assisted suicide, is an open invitation to patient abuse.
To Committee Chairs Stone and Bonta:
My name is Stephen L. Mikochik. I am Professor Emeritus of Constitutional Law at Temple University in Philadelphia and past Chair of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD). On behalf of NCPD and the thousands of disabled Catholics it serves, I would urge you, should it reach your desk, to veto Assembly Bill (AB) 15 that, in legalizing assisted suicide, is an open invitation to patient abuse.
"On behalf of both the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD), whose Ethics and Public Policy Committee I chair, as well as the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), as Director of Bioethics and Public Policy, I am writing to request that your Committee refuse to endorse LB 1056: Patient Choice at End of Life Act."