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ERIC Number: EJ841781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Everyone Belongs
Masters, Anne
Exceptional Parent, v39 n5 p74-77 May 2009
Recognizing that faith, religion, and spirituality can be as important a consideration and as integral a facet in the lives of exceptional families as healthcare and education, "Exceptional Parent" presents installment seven in this multi-part series, examining several programs in the Catholic faith. The Catholic Church teaches that all people are created in God's image and affirms the validity of the Baptismal promise of people with disabilities to participate in the life and mission of the church. Catholics also acknowledge the responsibility of the church to support all people in living out their baptism, and specifically relative to disabilities, it says, "The Church's pastoral response [when a family has a child born with a disability] is to learn about the disability, offer support to the family, and welcome the child." This article focuses on some of the ways this is being done in the Roman Catholic Archdioceses of Newark, New Jersey; Portland, Oregon; and Washington DC, and how these practices are firmly located in the beliefs and teaching of the Catholic Church. ["Everyone Belongs" was written with Dorothy Coughlin, Janice Benton, and Peg Kolm.] (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; New Jersey; Oregon