Impact Feature Issue on Faith Communities and Persons with Developmental Disabilities

Disability and Faith Resources:
Organizations (sidebar)

National Organization on Disability, Religion and Disability Program . Works with local congregations, national denominational groups, and seminaries to remove barriers of architecture, communication, and attitudes that prevent people with disabilities from full and active religious participation. 

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities . Offers publications, resource persons, and an annual conference to foster spiritual growth for persons with developmental disabilities.

Gesher Disability Resources . Works to ensure that all Jewish young people with disabilities have the opportunity to fully participate in the richness of Jewish religious, cultural, and social life. It offers a variety of programs, services, and materials. 

National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry . Promotes the full incorporation of persons with mental retardation and their gifts into the Catholic Church. Offers annual conference for persons with mental retardation, families, pastors, religious teachers, and others; publications; and contacts nationwide.

The resources above are presented for readers’ review; no endorsement is implied. For additional resources order Dimensions of Faith and Congregational Ministries with Persons with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families: A Bibliography and Address Listing of Resources (2000), from The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, 732/235-9300.