Resources for Developmentally Disabled Individuals

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 Founding Church Documents


Adaptive Texts and Programming for Religious Education


  • RCL-Benziger (Distributed through RCL-Benziger Catalog) in both English and Spanish:  Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Program: To Improve Catholic Religious Education for Children and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. Author: Grace Harding
  • Sadlier: “We Believe” Series: Adapted for Special Needs using the “Adaptive Catechesis Index” created by Sadlier in English and Spanish

*The Adaptive Catechesis Index was created for We Believe Catholic Identity Edition




Online Articles



  •  “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd”
  • “” Edition on parents and special needs children listing all kinds of resources and informative links for those who work with or have children who have special needs


National Organizations

National Catholic Partnership on Disabilities 

(NCPD)Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities , 1/17/02. 
NCPD, McCormick Pavilion 
415 Michigan Ave. NE, Suite 240 
Washington, DC 20017-1557

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
Mission: Approaches to Adult Faith Formation/Adults with Cognitive Disabilities or mental retardation

St. Coletta of Wisconsin, Jefferson, WI
This is the facility in which Rosemary Kennedy lived.
Mission: Pastoral Team does ministry & catechesis with Disabled Adults


Diocesan Programs

Diocese of Chicago
Phone: 312-842-1039
SPRED: Small Faith communities which welcome the disabled

Diocese of Pittsburgh
Ministry for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism
Director: Grace Harding
This is where the Rose Kennedy Curriculum was first implemented


Other Resources

“Journey with Jesus”
Written Resource
Available at: Cardinal Stritch University Bookstore
Phone: 414-410-4035

“Exceptional Teaching”
Recommended by Sr. Maureen Mueller, Notre Dame Special School
Phone: 214-330-6623

"Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors" video
Pathways Awareness Foundation 
123 N. Wacker Drive 
Chicago, Illinois 60606 

Notre Dame Special School, Dallas, TX (Up to 21 years of age)
214-720-3911 (please call before 8 p.m.)
Adapt Children’s Formation materials: Use large print, easy reading Bibles; Role play; Music; Quizzes; Videos

World Library Publications
3825 N. Willow Rd. 
Schiller Park, IL 60176 
Let Us Celebrate 
Bilingual Missalette subscription can be ordered in large print. $3.05 per year, published quarterly. They send first 25 large print books free of charge.

Xavier Society for the Blind
154 East 23rd Street 
New York, NY 10010
800-637-9193 (Toll free)
212-473-7801 (Fax)

The Xavier Society houses the oldest and largest Catholic library in English for the Blind, with over 1,500 titles of spiritual and inspirational materials available in Braille, large-print and audio formats. More new books are being added on a regular basis, and the selections include materials for children of all ages.

University of Dallas
Market Research 7379, Project #1766 
November 2001 
Survey for Catholic Diocese of Dallas

Americans with Disabilities Act
An overview by Texas Young Lawyers Assoc. 
1990. Advocacy, Inc. 
Austin, TX 78787 

National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities
"Opening Doors" 
Chapter 6, Sec. B 

Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc.
9461 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75243-4537
Brochure will list agencies


U.S. Government Agencies & Contractors Serving Persons with Disabilities

"Opening Doors" 
Chapter 6, Sec F. B.2 

Meals on Wheels
VNA, Dallas County 

Community Services

North Central Texas Aging and Disability Resource Center