Parish Disability Resources

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Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Doors

Sometimes, the disability isn’t obvious, as in the case of some intellectual/developmental disabilities or mental illnesses. If you observe behavior that you don’t understand, it is good to remain aware for possible need of assistance and be nonjudgmental.

Accessibility   wheelchair moving with words Wheelchair Accessible

Accessibility through CreativitySometimes accessibility is a new way of thinking and sometimes involve little or no cost. (from NCPD)

Assess physical accessibility in your church building, including possible solutions.

  Creating Inclusion Accessible documents review and training is available for free from Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology staff at, 401 NE 66th Ave. in Des Moines, Iowa 50313.  Please call 1-866-866-8782 or 515-289-4069 (TTY) or email atinfo@eastersealsia.org

Assistive Listening Devices            American Sign Language hand symbols with words Ministry to hearing impaired

Here are some resources discussing various types of Assistive Listening Devices that work with hearing aid types.  Hopefully this will assist in evaluating needs and what should be considered when choosing a type of Assistive Listening Device for your parish.

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Caregiver Resources

Caregiver Resources is is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Created to Improve the Health and Spiritual Well-being of Family Caregivers...we provide faith-based programs and resources to churches and organizations to support caregivers. 

Nourish for Caregivers is a complete turnkey curriculum with all of the resources and tools needed to successfully implement an ongoing program for family caregivers.  The Christ-centered materials focus on issues common to all caregivers, covering twelve (12) topics. Included are curriculum that cover subjects such as:
  • The Caregiver Role and Decisions You Face
  • Managing Family Dynamics
  • Coping with Stress
  • The Spirituality of Asking For Help
  • End-of-Life Issues

Get more details about the program by clicking HERE.

We have three models available flexible to the specific needs of your organization: Traditional Model, Virtual/Hybrid Model and Healthcare Model. Read more about each program on their website.

COVID19 Resources

Disability Book Resources 

List of Books available to check out from the diocese pastoral center, contact Patty Origer, 515-237-5073 or email poriger@dmdiocese.org

Grief Support Resources

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) experience loss and grieve for lost loved ones, just like everyone does.  When that person has a hard time communicating how they feel or processing complicated emotions, it makes it more difficult.  I Love You-When Someone you Love Dies and Healing the Hurt is a resource to assist these individuals in their grief

Mental Health Resources group of people, boy using wheelchair, man with cane, child standing, women holding child up high in arms

  • Welcome and Valued:  Supporting People with Mental Illness in Parish Life (DVD)           This DVD features in-depth looks at people with mental illness and how they participate in parish life. It examines the four aspects of recovery: biological, psychological, social, and spiritual. Parish considerations include setting boundaries, acute behavior, confidentiality, and suicide. 
  • NAMI Faith Net                                                                                                                                       NAMI FaithNet is an interfaith resource network of NAMI members, friends, clergy and congregations of all faith traditions who wish to encourage faith communities who are welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental illness.
  • NCPD Mental Illness resources
    Includes a resource entitled A Pastoral Response to Mental Illness in collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In addition to this resource, the council also recently revised their Mental Illness Theological Framework. Resources include supporting people with mental illness in your parish, prayers of the faithful for mental illness awareness and more.
  • FREE Prayer Cards of Patron Saints of Mental Illness through NCPD and the Katie Foundation

Picture Missals

Listed below are several examples of Picture Missals that could be utilized as an example and adapted with pictures for your own parish.

My Mass Book A Picture Missal Print from Archdiocese of Newark

Picture Missal from St. Francis of Assissi Parish in West Des Moines, IA

Returning to Mass Safely picture communication tool

We go to Mass Picture Schedule from Archdiocese of Newark