"Persons with Autism may learn, behave, react, and communicate in ways that are different than others. Some need very little or no assistance with their daily living; others require substantial supports. The intellectual abilities of persons with Autism can range from gifted to profoundly challenged. Autism affects every person differently, even among siblings who both have Autism.
Since there is a range of abilities and needs among persons with Autism, parishes should work with each person with Autism, their parents, and families to determine the best way to include them in the life of the Church. Some parents of children with Autism feel isolated and alone. They can be overwhelmed with the needs of their child and sadly, can feel stigmatized in their families and their communities. As missionary disciples, we are called to be a love that seeks out and embraces persons with Autism and their families!"
- Diocese of Columbus