EMBRACE is an independent 501(c)3 organization started in 2016 to assist students with special needs in Catholic schools in the state of Kansas. This Association was conceived in 2005 by a group of dedicated, prayerful, and concerned parents of children with special needs, yearning for the opportunity for inclusion of their children in a Catholic school environment.
We envision Catholic schools that are prepared to educate all children regardless of academic, behavioral, social, or emotional need.
Inclusive Educator Preparation [Certification; hybrid instruction, 18 credits)
The National Catholic Board on Full Inclusion was founded in 2015. At that time, less than 2% of all Catholic schools included students with intellectual disabilities in their parish schools. Students with physical disabilities were routinely turned away. There were zero inclusive college programs for these students at Catholic colleges or universities.
Strategic Priorities of the Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education (GCCE):
Supporting schools through innovative Professional Development
Sustaining and enhancing Catholic school leadership
Creating Inclusive Approaches for Catholic schools
- Materials provided at no charge in braille, large print and audio.
- Subscription services include monthly readings, prayers and responses for the Sunday Mass and selected Feast Days and Solemnities, as well as periodicals Catholic Review and Xavier Review.
- Faith formation textbooks and workbooks for children and adults in braille.
- Over 1,400 titles related to the Catholic Church, religion, spiritual and inspirational themes in braille and audio.
CUSA connects people suffering from chronic illness and/or disability – physical or mental – through correspondence (both postal and electronic).CUSA members foster friendship with one another and help one another strive towards discipleship.
Role of NCPD:
- Coordinated with event planners and Hotel staff to address all disability accommodation requests. These requests included ensuring wheelchair access, as well as coordinating ASL interpreters for the sessions and for the online live-stream.
Every year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) hosts the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington D.C. This conference is an opportunity for Catholics across the country to learn and to educate others on relevant social ministry concerns, and to advocate for these social ministry concerns with legislative leaders.
The Victorious Missionaries are people dedicated to providing spiritual support for all those with disabilities or who are chronically ill, and those who wish to journey with them. They are a diverse group – comprised of laity and religious, women and men, the young and not so young.