Autism Spectrum Disorder

“Today, Catholics across the United States are becoming more aware of ASD which has led to effective teaching styles, accommodations, and education in parishes across the United States. Adults with ASD are writing about their experiences in ministry and Catholic publishers are creating faith formation curriculum that engages different learning needs. Behavior Analysts are working with diocesan directors to help individuals with ASD meaningfully participate across the life-span in Liturgy, and Catholic parents are sharing their input on the needs of individuals more profoundly affected by ASD.” – National Catholic Partnership on Disability

Check out our Being Pro Life Episode: Autism- The Invisible Disorder. Click the video or one of the icons to the left to watch, listen, and read.

General Information

Understanding Autism

Dr. Joseph White and Anne Masters present information on the Characteristics and Diagnosis of Autism at the Partnership 2013: National Conference on Faith and Disability hosted by the National Catholic Partnership on Disability and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

CLICK HERE to download the accompanying Power Point presentation.

Dr. Joseph White and Anne Masters present information on the Functions of Behavior for Communication at the Partnership 2013: National Conference on Faith and Disability hosted by the National Catholic Partnership on Disability and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

CLICK HERE to download the accompanying Power Point presentation.

Church Documents

“Persons with disabilities are called to the fullness of sacramental life, even in the presence of severe disorders. The sacraments are gifts from God, and the liturgy even before being rationally understood, needs to be lived: therefore no one can refuse the sacraments to persons with disabilities. The community that is able to discover the beauty and joy of faith of which these brothers are capable becomes richer.” -Directory for Catechesis (New Edition)

Saint Christina the Astonishing is an example of how God's love and grace shines through persons with behavioral disorders. To read a reflection on her life CLICK HERE.

If persons with disabilities are to become equal partners in the Christian community, injustices must be eliminated and ignorance and apathy replaced by increased sensitivity and warm acceptance. The leaders and the general membership of the Church must educate themselves to appreciate fully the contribution persons with disabilities can make to the Church’s spiritual life.

These guidelines were developed to address many of the concerns raised by persons with disabilities and their families and advocates, and also clergy and other pastoral ministers, for greater consistency in pastoral practice in the celebration of the sacraments throughout the country. With this objective in view, and with the desire to meet the spiritual, sacramental, and pastoral needs of persons with disabilities, the guidelines draw upon the Church’s ritual books, its canonical tradition, and its experience in ministering to or with persons with disabilities in order to dispel misunderstandings that may impede sound pastoral practice in the celebration of the sacraments. It is our hope that the guidelines will enhance diocesan policies already in existence.

Organizations & Webpages

Below are organizations, along with their webpages, that serve as wonderful resources for parishes, families and individuals who would like to learn more about the topic of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Mission: Rooted in Gospel values that affirm the dignity of every person, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) works collaboratively to ensure meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of the life of the Church and society.

This website is loaded with resources for families, individuals and parishes to better support faith development and meaningful participation within the Catholic Faith.

The Autism Society of Ohio is an affiliate of the Autism Society of America, the nation’s leading grass roots autism organization. The Autism Society exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-today issues faced by people with ASD, advocating for appropriate services across the life span, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, and advocacy.

This is the Dayton affiliate of the Autism Society of Ohio and it offers specific resources for those who live in the Miami Valley. They share local events, agencies, and resources for families who have children with autism and provide awareness education for the community at large to promote support for such families.

Autism Society Greater Cincinnati (ASGC) has been a part of the autism community for 50 years, providing resources, support, and activities for families all along the spectrum. Today, they support families through social and recreational programs, support groups, and a resource helpline.

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Contact Us:

Bob Wurzelbacher

Office Director
(513)263-6674

Noelle Collis-DeVito

Associate Director
(937)281-4128