Blind and Low Vision Awareness
Ministry for Blind Low Vision Awareness
- Catechetical and spiritual resources, translated into Braille
- Deaf/Blind Support Service Personnel (SSP) Project: joining regional partners to provide training for SSP's
- Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind collaboration: providing in-kind services for CLB's Independent Living skills classes
- Age-Induced Vision Loss Support Group: held at Center for Deaf Ministries
- Support for priests with low vision via NCPD Large Print Sacramentary and Lectionary
For Your Information…
Find the Perfect Gift
Advent Reflections Audio Series
For everyone looking to deepen their Advent journey…
To ensure resources for Advent are accessible to ALL persons, this Advent Reflection Audio Series was produced following the themes of Find the Perfect Gift. This provides a medium those persons who are low vision or blind to enjoy the opportunity to deepen their faith during this 2013 Advent journey. PDF print copies are also available for persons who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
Fr. Frank Wright, SMA
Consultant on Blind/Low Vision Ministry
Click here to listen to the audio reflection for the First Sunday of Advent.
Fr. Frank Wright is a member of the Society of African Missions (SMA Fathers.) He has spent twenty years in Africa, starting with time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chad (Central Africa). Later he did work in Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire. He did parish work for fifteen years in Kenya and was involved in micro-enterprise and refugee advocacy work while there. In order to re-acquaint himself with the U.S., he worked for four years in the Helena, Montana diocese. He holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Indiana University. His interest in the spirituality of persons with special needs stems from his own low vision.
From the Advent Audio Series---More Information
Jean Vanier is a Canadian theologian and philosopher, and the founder of L’Arche Communities and the Faith and Light prayer groups. There are a number of L’Arche homes in the DC area. Information about L’Arche Greater Washington, DC is at larche-gwdc.org. There you can learn about volunteer opportunities or their approach to creating mutual relationships based on a trust in God.
Bethlehem House is run by Dolores Wilson, the first director of disability ministry at the Archdiocese of Washington. Bethlehem House serves residents with intellectual disabilities at two houses in Riverdale, MD and Washington, DC. Residents live and work in a Christian setting, with regular prayer nights, retreats and participation in local Faith and Light prayer group events. For more information, contact Director Dolores Wilson at 202-526-3222, or email@example.com
Faith and Light is an international ecumenical organization, founded 40 years ago in France, made up of small groups of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families and friends. The small groups meet once a month for prayer, singing, communal reflection, mime based on Scripture stories, directed discussion, and a social. There are a number of Faith and Light communities in the area. Contact Dolores Wilson at 202-526-3222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Needs Ministries are at work in many parishes around the Archdiocese helping create communities where everyone belongs. For more information, including the location of a parish ministry near you, contact the Department of Special Needs Ministries at email@example.com or call 3012-853-4560.
The US Catholic Bishops wrote with clarity and conviction about access to faith for persons with special needs in 1978. Read the Pastoral Statement of US Catholic Bishops on Persons with Disabilities at the website of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD):
Rosaria Communities of the Archdiocese of Washington provide housing on or near parish property for persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities. For more information, go to http://rosariacommunitiesinc.org/index.html#!/
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington and the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute of Catholic Charities are partners in the work of creating communities of faith, learning, living and employment where everyone belongs. Find out more at http://www.catholiccharitiesdc.org
Potomac Community Resources, Inc. is a partner to the work of the Department of Special Needs Ministries, and provides recreational and social programs for teens and adults with developmental differences. For more information about PCR, go to www.pcr-inc.org. PCR has a number of regional partners in the Archdiocese, including Brookland Community Resources (http://brooklandcr.org/), UpCounty Community Resources and Southern Maryland Community Resources (http://somdcr.org).
Catholic Coalition for Special Education, Inc. seeks to ensure that children with special needs are able to attend and receive an appropriate education in their local Catholic elementary schools and high schools. For more information about CCSE, go to http://www.ccse-maryland.org/
Belonging Starts Here
Disabilities Ministry Office: 301-853-4560
Center for Deaf Ministries: 301-459-7464
Center for Deaf Ministries Video Phone: 301-200-5430
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Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary O’Meara, Executive Director: email@example.com