March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Embrace. Welcome. Participate.
Office for Social Concerns
Catholic Diocese of Columbus

I nformation and Response NETWORK 
for Persons with Disabilities 
Featuring Esther Garcia from the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) and Andrew Burson from the diocesan Office for Divine Worship.
Evening Session

For Parents, Teachers, Catechists, Parish Leaders

March 13, 2019 
 7:00 PM- 8 :30 PM

St. Elizabeth Church
6077 Sharon Woods Blvd., Columbus

Join us for a conversation with parents, catechists, teachers, parish staff and clergy about preparation and celebration of the sacraments for persons with disabilities.

Offered in Spanish and English.
This is a free event but RSVP is appreciated.

English  |   Spanish
Day Session

For Clergy and Parish Leaders
March 14, 2019 
9:30 AM- 2 :00 PM

St. Paul the Apostle Church, Westerville
313 N. State Street, Westerville 
This event will focus on the practical application of sacramental preparation, networking and group discussion on best practices. 
Spanish translation available.
Registration is required.
$10 fee includes lunch

English  |   Spanish  
March is Developmental Disabilities
Awareness Month

Embrace. Welcome. Participate.

"All persons with disabilities have gifts to contribute to the whole Church. When persons with disabilities are embraced and welcomed, and invited to participate fully in all aspects of the parish community life, the Body of Christ is more complete."

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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Use these flyers to build greater awareness.
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Message, reflection questions, and link to Resources

April is Autism Awareness Month

English  |   Spanish

For catechetical resources specific for Autism,  click here.
Autism Mythbusters - Autism Awareness Month

April 24, 2019

Autism Mythbusters program on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Martin de Porres Center, 2330 Airport Dr, Columbus, will be hosting an Autism Awareness Month program called “Autism Mythbusters”.  ( )

The program will help identify many misconceptions people have about Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace and the Autism Society of Central Ohio. It is part of the center’s month-long observation AAM19 along with some art shows ) .   For FLYER Click Here.
State Mental Health, Addiction Agency Targets $3 Million to Help At-Risk Youth

COLUMBUS The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) announced today that it will provide a one-time, $3 million funding boost to help counties address the unmet and uninsured needs of multi-system youth who are on the cusp of removal from their homes or at risk of entering the justice or foster care systems. These flexible funds will help meet the unique needs of families and promote a safe home environment. Funds will be made available through Ohio’s FFY 2019 federal Mental Health Block Grant. more .

We want thank the advocacy of the Bulter Family, other parent advocates around the state, and the Catholic Conference of Ohio. This is one more step for greater resources for multi-system youth so parents do not have to relinquish their children to the state for needed services. Stay tuned for more about multi-system youth funding advocacy for the next state budget.
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Jerry Freewalt
Office for Social Concerns
Catholic Diocese of Columbus
197 E. Gay Street
Columbus, Ohio  43215
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