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Disability and Faith Resources:

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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. FFI call 202/293-5960 or visit

American Association on Mental Retardation, Religion and Spirituality Division. Offers publications, resource persons, and an annual conference to foster spiritual growth for persons with developmental disabilities. FFI call 732/235-9304 or visit

Council for Jews with Special Needs, Inc. 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. FFI call 602/277-4243 or visit

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. FFI call 301/699-9500 or visit

National Christian Resource Center. Provides educational resources to people with mental retardation, their families, pastors, volunteers and disability professionals. Operated by Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services. FFI call 800/369-4636 or visit

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.


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