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The National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) was established in 1982 to implement in 
parishes and dioceses throughout the United States the 1978 Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic 
Bishops on Persons with Disabilities.  NCPD is guided by the following 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.
National Catholic Partnership on Disability

Our lives changed forever when our son was born extremely premature in 1988. After his earlier 
struggles to survive, our family began the subsequent truggle of raising a child with mutliple 
special needs, most of which are not obvious or well understood. As you know this is no easy task! 
This website was created to help other parents of children with special needs, like yourself, with 
articles on topics that we have found to be helpful to us over the past 20 years.

The Children's Disabilities Information website has a special focus on the special needs needs of 
preemies and young adoptees, as we meet many authors through our volunteer parenting 
websites on prematurity and adoption.
Children's Disabilities Information

NICHCY is the center that provides information to the nation on:

disabilities in children and youth;
programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities;
IDEA, the nation’s special education law; and
research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities.
Our special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22). Anyone can use our services—families, 
educators, administrators, journalists, students.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is a 
professional membership organization that provides leadership, direction and service to fulfill the 
evangelizing, catechizing and teaching mission of the Church.
 National Catholic Educational Association