Pastoral-Statement-of-U-S-Catholic-Bishops-on-Persons-with-Disabilities

 

 


VITALity’s Ministry With the Deaf and Persons With Disabilities assists those with communication, developmental, behavioral, and other physical limitations by ensuring their well-being through advocacy and actions of concrete steps to safeguard their full integration and participation in the life of the Church.  Through programs of catechesis and sacramental preparation, along with he support and promotion of the expansion of Masses of Inclusion throughout the diocese, we fully realize that when persons with disabilities and their families are not present, the Catholic community experiences a loss, and that no parish community is healthy and flourishing if it does not welcome persons with disabilities.  We work to ensure that persons with disabilities increasingly experience a sense of belonging and welcome in the parish, diocese, and Church at large.

We continue to seek out opportunities for social engagement and gathering that can lighten the burden of dependency and allow the person to emerge and grow as a social being, renewing the joy and happiness that human fellowship brings.

VITALity nurses and social workers partner with families of children with disabilities to assist also in their medical care coordination and through the transitions of care as they age out of the educational system.  They provide the necessary assistance to help them emerge into the vocational realm of their lives, seeking more independence in living with the appropriate support and financial services from the state and other sources.