Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Catholic parishes hold programs for children with disabilities

USA Today reports that St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Warwick, Rhode Island has begun a program of religious education for children with autism, the first in Rhode Island. The bimonthly program also helps children prepare for the sacraments.

The article explains how a parishioner at St. Peter's coordinated the program when she realized the need to include children with disabilities, by consulting with experts and recruiting volunteers.

Dioceses in at least 31 states offer specialized religious instruction for students suffering from conditions including autism, mental retardation, emotional and learning disabilities and brain injuries, according to a 2007-2008 survey by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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