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Why become a Friend? 
Individuals and groups become Friends of NCPDbecause they believe in NCPD's mission to ensure participation of Catholics with disabilities in all aspects of the Church and society. Becoming a Friend is a direct act to support those who benefit from the programs and continuing presence of NCPD in its leadership roles of educating, training and advocacy.  To read testimonials about NCPD click here. To become a Friend click here.

Who can be Friends?   
We welcome support from a range of individuals and groups.






Religious Communities


Chapters of Catholic Organizations

What do Friends accomplish?

Through the generous support of the Friends of NCPD, Catholics with disabilities receive a wide variety of help that facilitates the belonging that is rightfully theirs as members of the Church, the family that all are adopted into through Baptism. Through NCPD, Friends accomplish a wide variety of services including sacramental preparation for children with autism, access to the lectern for people in wheelchairs, training of people who will in turn present workshops in their region, delivery of large print sacramentaries to priests with low vision. See stories below of how Catholics with disabilities are aided.

Stories of Catholics with Disabilities who Benefit from NCPD's Efforts


Preparation for Sacraments
Child with Downs looks up at communionNCPD acts so that children and adults with disabilities can receive the Sacraments and ongoing formation in their faith.  NCPD distributes resources and provides online and in-person training to aid catechists in offering appropriate educational support for children and adults with disabilities. (more...)                                                    

Defending Life 
This is Noah, a young boy with Down syndrome whose parents chose life over the counsel of their doctors. NCPD is active in promoting the value and dignity of all people, including children identified in the womb or after birth with Down syndrome and other disabilities or potentially lethal conditions. In conjunction with the bishops Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities,BeNotAfraid.net, and other organizations,(more...)

All Catholics have Gifts to Share

Fr. Mike Esswein says Mass from a platform that can be raised and lowered, which enables him to access the altar at an appropriate level. Other Catholics with disabilities likewise have gifts to share, but are often hampered by attitudinal and physical barriers.   (more...)     

Large Print Sacramentaries

Through an agreement with the USCCB, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability is able to offer large print Sacramentaries and Lectionaries to priests and deacons with visual impairment.


 How do you become a Friend?

Friends of NCPD make an annual contribution of $1000. To become a Friend for the current calendar year, simply click here to make a secure online donation through PayPal or mail a check made payable to NCPD to NCPD at 415 Michigan Avenue, NE Suite 95, Washington, DC 20017. For your tax purposes, NCPD’s EIN is 52-1262317.

If you wish to make a donation at a different giving level, you can also do so through PayPal or check. If you don’t have a PayPal account you can sign in as a guest.

Simply enter the amount you wish to donate  and click "Donate" to begin the process.


  For other supportive options, please click here.