Special Needs Catechesis
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“Ministering to persons with special needs and disabilities requires training, manpower and resources, and those blessed with the means, expertise, and time should help...It will require extra effort, but it is also an opportunity to love and see the face of Christ in them.” - Father Terence Kesavan
Read article featured in the Catholic News this week! https://catholicnews.sg/2023/05/17/welcome-those-with-special-needs-urges-fr-terence-kesavan/
Unexpected lessons from my unexpected blessing
God makes it possible!
Children with special needs are differently abled, even amongst those with the same condition, their support needs may vary between mild, medium to high support. Many of them can be integrated into Catechetical Sessions with support from catechists, parents and buddies. Isaac who has Down syndrome requires mild support.
Ways of getting to know children & youths
How is OFC supporting the special needs community?
Connect families to parishes & communities
Provide support for parents
Network of parishes & communitiesin support of persons with special needs
Explore and identify resources in parishes
Guidelines in catechsing persons with special needs
How to get started
Buddies, Catechetical Assistants & Coordintors for special needs
Learn strategies for engagement
Resources supporting special needs
Communities supporting special needs
Faith & Light Community is an international lay ecumenical community movement. It focuses not only on bringing the families of persons with special needs together to share their stories and pray together. It also provides a companionable environment where their child can meet and make new friends. The befrienders organize fun and interactive activities in the once a month meet-up. All are welcome!
Hearts@Work is an empowerment programme for persons with intellectual challenges, aimed at providing them with continuous development support towards achieving greater independence and self-sufficiency. The programme is targeted at high-functioning adults between 19 to 35 years of age, and provides them training in vocational and work skills to raise their future employability. It also provides them with an opportunity to develop and hone their social skills, helping them more smoothly integrate into the wider community.